5 dream David Bakhtiari replacements Packers should target in draft

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David Bakhtiari's release increases the need for the Green Bay Packers to draft multiple offensive linemen.

Along with Bakthiari's departure, right guard Jon Runyan Jr. has signed with the New York Giants, and Yosh Nijman is a free agent. The Packers could also release Royce Newman. The Packers have at least three starters set along the line, but they need help just about everywhere, given their lack of depth.

The good news? Green Bay can find help in the 2024 NFL Draft, especially with 11 selections.

"Needless to say…if you need an OT, you are in luck," wrote NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah during the NFL Combine.

The best part is the Packers don't need a tackle—not a starter, at least. Rasheed Walker and Zach Tom proved they can be Green Bay's long-term starters on either side. The Packers need depth, both at tackle and the interior positions.

Green Bay could target a tackle prospect who projects inside and offers positional versatility, and they have options.

5. Graham Barton, Duke

The Packers often draft college left tackles who move inside and can play multiple spots along the offensive line. Graham Barton can do exactly that. Barton wouldn't necessarily be a David Bakhtiari replacement who starts at left tackle for the next decade—he will likely play guard or center in the NFL—but his experience there is a major plus.

In the short term, Barton could compete for the starting center or right guard job while also serving as one of the top backup tackles behind Walker and Tom.

Green Bay loves versatility along the line. Elgton Jenkins and Tom have played every position, and Barton can do the same.