Packers could make waves with this dream projected 2024 starting lineup

The Packers should be contenders in the NFC.
Green Bay Packers, Jordan Love
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Having successfully addressed their biggest needs in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers don't have many obvious weaknesses. They are far from perfect, but there's no one area you can point to that is a significant concern.

The Packers were among the best teams in the league in the second half of last season, going 6-2 down the stretch with impressive wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions. They backed it up by crushing the Dallas Cowboys 48-32 in the wild-card round and almost stunning the San Francisco 49ers a week later.

With the addition of Josh Jacobs, Xavier McKinney, and 11 draft picks to a talented, young roster, the Packers can compete in 2024.

Green Bay's projected starting lineup is up there with the best in the NFL.

Dream Packers starting lineup after 2024 NFL Draft

Projected Packers starting offense

  • Quarterback: Jordan Love
  • Running back: Josh Jacobs
  • Wide receiver: Christian Watson
  • Wide receiver: Romeo Doubs
  • Wide receiver: Jayden Reed
  • Tight end: Luke Musgrave
  • Left tackle: Rasheed Walker
  • Left guard: Elgton Jenkins
  • Center: Zach Tom
  • Right guard: Sean Rhyan
  • Right tackle: Jordan Morgan

To fully understand the Packers' offensive talent, think about the players not included in this starting lineup. Dontayvion Wicks and Tucker Kraft deserve to be starters (and will start games this season). MarShawn Lloyd could play a significant role early in his career.

The Packers have so much talent and potential on offense. A lot will depend on the development of the young players, which is never guaranteed, but the sky is the limit.

In an ideal world, first-round pick Jordan Morgan will remain at tackle on either side. This would also allow Zach Tom to move to center, where the Packers reportedly believe he can become a Hall-of-Famer. With so much positional versatility across the line, the Packers could move players around if injuries hit.

If Christian Watson stays healthy, look out. He has the talent to become the true WR1 the Packers lack, and there is no shortage of receiving talent around him.

This group can be special.

Projected Packers starting defense

  • Defensive end: Rashan Gary
  • Defensive tackle: Kenny Clark
  • Defensive tackle: Devonte Wyatt
  • Defensive end: Preston Smith
  • Linebacker: Edgerrin Cooper
  • Linebacker: Quay Walker
  • Cornerback: Jaire Alexander
  • Cornerback: Eric Stokes
  • Nickel corner: Keisean Nixon
  • Strong safety: Javon Bullard
  • Free safety: Xavier McKinney

Again, the players that don't make this lineup show how much depth the Packers have. Former first-round pick Lukas Van Ness, Karl Brooks, Carrington Valentine, and multiple rookies aren't included.

There's a conversation to be had at nickel corner. Would Javon Bullard be the preferred choice over Keisean Nixon? The Packers would need to have confidence in another safety to start opposite Xavier McKinney. In reality, the defensive backs will be interchangeable and play multiple roles, so Bullard will likely play a decent share of nickel.

We've said it for several years without the results to back it up, but this Packers' defense is loaded with talent and should be a top-10 unit. Of the projected starting lineup, six were Packers first-round picks, two were second-rounders, and three were big-money free-agent signings.

The talent is there. Hopefully, Jeff Hafley can unlock this defense's potential.

Projected Packers specialists

  • Kicker: Greg Joseph
  • Punter: Daniel Whelan
  • Long snapper: Peter Bowden
  • Kick returner: Keisean Nixon
  • Punt returner: Jayden Reed

The NFL's new kickoff rule will get the ball in Keisean Nixon's hands more often, and that's good news for the Packers. He could make it three straight first-team All-Pro seasons as the kick returner.

It's difficult to predict which way Green Bay will go at kicker. The best-case scenario could be signing UFL standout Jake Bates when he's available—Bates is kicking 60-yarders for fun every week. If not, it'll likely come down to Greg Joseph and Anders Carlson.

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