Packers make most underwhelming signing possible before 2024 NFL Draft

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One of the Green Bay Packers' top priorities entering the 2024 NFL Draft is to address the offensive line.

The Packers have the building blocks already in place with Rasheed Walker, Elgton Jenkins, and Zach Tom, but they have next to no depth after free agency. Green Bay released five-time All-Pro David Bakhtiari and parted ways with former starters Yosh Nijman and Jon Runyan Jr.

Green Bay enters the draft with 11 selections, including five inside the top 100, and multiple could be used on offensive linemen. Building a top-tier offensive line for Jordan Love is a must, especially after losing depth.

The Packers' work along the offensive line has already started, but it's not the most confidence-inspiring move.

Packers have signed veteran offensive lineman Andre Dillard

The Packers have announced the signing of free-agent offensive tackle Andre Dillard.

Dillard is a former first-round pick but only started nine games in four seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia declined Dillard's fifth-year option and didn't re-sign him at the end of his rookie contract. He would sign a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans last offseason, but Tennessee released him after one season.

It's a low-risk move by the Packers, but it shouldn't change their draft strategy. Dillard hasn't lived up to the expectations of a first-round pick and has struggled as a starter in the NFL.

According to PFF, Dillard allowed 12 sacks, 41 pressures, and nine hits as the Titans' starting left tackle last season. For comparison, Rasheed Walker and Zach Tom gave up a combined eight sacks.

The positives? Dillard had a Relative Athletic Score of 9.79 coming out of college and offers NFL experience at multiple positions. While he has lined up predominantly at left tackle, Dillard has also played snaps at right tackle and both guard spots.

The Packers will likely draft at least one tackle, but any rookie addition may need time before being thrown into the starting lineup. Dillard can immediately compete for the swing tackle job.

However, this move shouldn't alter Green Bay's work in the draft. They still desperately need to add reinforcements across the offensive line, including tackle.

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