Let’s talk about the Packers needs on the defense:
- Defensive line depth
This is assuming that the answer at inside linebacker is on the roster and that the Packers can lock up Morgan Burnett after next
INTERLUDE: I don’t mean to be negative about the Packers overall chances next year. I actually think that the players we have on defense in particular will outplay expectations. But I think this team is in the process of rebuilding…not reloading. And now…on with the exciting part of the show.
This year’s draft class, along with the addition of House and Francois, should have Packers fans excited. Well, at least we should be cautiously optimistic depending on how highly you rate Ted Thompson’s draft prowess. The cornerback position is stacked and TJ Watt has a chance of getting the call, if not in the first, perhaps in the second round. While two cornerbacks chosen in this year’s draft could be considered a waste in light of the two we picked in rounds one and two so recently (Randall and Rollins), it is what it is and I doubt many in PackerNation would be displeased. The odds would at least be in our favor.
So the Packers are rebuilding on defense. We went from having Julius Peppers as a reserve LOLB to having all our eggs in the Nick Perry basket. We have no Sam Shields and no Micah Hyde. The Packers hope to have Clay Matthews back healthy and at peak form, but with no true stud at ILB there is still the question out there of whether the team should draft a pass-rusher and kick Clay back to the inside in a permanent fashion (I mean, the money is still good…right).
The defensive line is probably in the best shape right now but the team seems to obviously want to position itself to let LeTroy Guion go…which means they may need to add one more d-lineman. In the meantime, Guion gets a pass on all his illegal activities and the team is stuck making excuses.