4 Packers who could lose their starting jobs during 2024 NFL Draft

Green Bay Packers, Eric Stokes
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Change is inevitable every offseason, especially with the Green Bay Packers holding 11 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. It gives them an opportunity to strengthen in multiple areas of need, leading to competition for starting jobs across the roster.

The Packers will likely focus on rebuilding their offensive line depth, and they need another starter to play alongside Xavier McKinney at safety in a new-look secondary.

Time will tell whether Green Bay uses all of its 11 draft selections or packages some in a trade. The Packers need improved depth across the board, and there could be competition following the 2024 NFL Draft.

Which players could lose their starting jobs?

These Packers players may lose spots in starting lineup during 2024 NFL Draft

4. Keisean Nixon, CB

The Packers handed Keisean Nixon a three-year deal this offseason. He isn't going anywhere. However, while Nixon is an All-Pro returner, his first year as Green Bay's starting slot corner produced inconsistent results. New defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is excited about Nixon playing in his system, but that doesn't mean they can't find an upgrade in the draft.

According to Pro Football Reference, Nixon allowed 77.8 percent of passes thrown his way to be completed, while quarterbacks had a 104.8 rating.

Green Bay had a pre-draft visit with Florida State cornerback Jarrian Jones, who played in the slot in college and will likely continue that role in the NFL. Other potential Day 2 targets like Tykee Smith and Mike Sainristil can be immediate starters in the slot.

3. Josh Myers, C

Josh Myers only has a year remaining on his contract, and the Packers may decide to search for his replacement in this draft. That could mean targeting Oregon's Jackson Powers-Johnson, Duke's Graham Barton, or Georgia's Sedrick Van-Pran in the early rounds.

However, the Packers don't necessarily need to draft a center to make a change at the position. ESPN's Rob Demovsky reported on the Wilde & Tausch show that Green Bay views Zach Tom as a "potential Hall-of-Fame center."

If the Packers add a right tackle in the draft, Tom could shift inside as Myers' replacement.

2. Eric Stokes, CB

Eric Stokes has started 25 of the 28 regular-season games he has played for the Packers. However, the former first-round pick has struggled to stay healthy.

Stokes impressed in his rookie season but has been unable to replicate that level of play since. According to Pro Football Reference, in the nine games he played in 2022, Stokes allowed an 80 percent completion percentage and a passer rating of 123.5 in his coverage. He played three games last season, giving up three touchdown passes, a 75.0 completion percentage, and a 145.3 rating.

Can Stokes stay healthy and get back to his best? That's the hope, but it's no guarantee. The Packers could use an early pick at cornerback, giving Stokes competition for the starting job opposite Jaire Alexander.

1. Sean Rhyan, RG

Sean Rhyan has never started a game for the Packers, but he split snaps with Jon Runyan Jr. at right guard in the second half of last season, showing the team's confidence in him. With Runyan gone, Rhyan is the most likely Week 1 starter at right guard.

However, that could all change if the Packers draft an offensive lineman who can line up at right guard. While Green Bay doesn't often draft guard-only prospects, they hosted Michigan's Zak Zinter for a pre-draft visit. Brian Gutekunst may also draft a tackle to move inside.

Rhyan's snaps increased late last season, but he was unable to become the full-time starter ahead of Runyan. He has a chance to win the job this summer, but the Packers may provide competition.

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