Packers' next great offensive lineman could fall to them on Day 2 of draft

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The Green Bay Packers have a history of drafting and developing great offensive linemen in the mid-to-late rounds. Starting tackles Zach Tom and Rasheed Walker were picked in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively.

However, they likely won't have the luxury of waiting until Day 3 in this year's draft. The Packers' lack of depth at all five positions is a significant concern.

The Packers must bolster the offensive line early and often, which likely means using one of their premium picks. Fortunately, it's a deep class at offensive tackle, which should give them plenty of options in the early rounds.

BYU's Kingsley Suamataia is a name to watch on Day 2.

Kingsley Suamataia would be dream pick for Packers in Round 2

The Packers don't need to draft a tackle to start immediately. Adding depth is the primary concern. Suamataia would provide adequate cover behind the starters in his rookie season, but he can become a long-term starter with time.

"Suamataia is a dream prospect to draft and develop somewhere on day two. I worry about him being baptized by fire if drafted in the first round and called upon to start right away," writes Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus.

Green Bay is the perfect landing spot.

Unlike many other teams, the Packers wouldn't need Suamataia to start from Day 1. He would get the necessary time, and few teams have a track record of developing offensive linemen as impressive as the Packers'.

Suamataia would be a perfect fit in the Packers' offense. He has ideal size at 6-foot-5, 326 pounds, and has an elite Relative Athletic Score of 9.40. His biggest strength is pass protection, which history suggests is what the Packers prioritize.

"Suamataia is a very athletic offensive tackle with the size, length, and power to develop into a high-end blindside blocker at the next level," Brentley Weissman of The Draft Network wrote.

The Packers desperately need more tackle depth—their current swing tackle is either Luke Tenuta or Kadeem Telfort. Suamataia would likely win that job immediately, but looking beyond his rookie season, he could become an excellent starter in Green Bay. He played an almost equal number of snaps at left and right tackle over the past two seasons, which shows he is comfortable on either side of the offensive line.

Adam Stenavich and Green Bay's coaching staff helped develop several Day 3 draft picks into starting tackles, including Tom (fourth round), Walker (seventh round), and Yosh Nijman (undrafted).

Suamataia is a potential second-round target and could become the next great offensive lineman in Green Bay.

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