What’s On Packers’ Defense/ST Priority Offseason List?
Green Bay Packers are into offseason planning. People have many ideas for what the team should do this offseason. Everyone likes to play the role of armchair GM. Hell, I do it too. It is part of being a sports fan. And people who write for the Packers need to produce content daily. But when it gets down to it. What are the most important things for the Packers to look at this offseason? We talked about the offense earlier today and now, let’s look at the defense too.
1. Inside Linebacker – To me, this is the biggest spot on defense to upgrade. I would prefer them drafting an inside linebacker early versus signing someone. The reason is 3-4 inside linebackers are a dime a dozen. There is no way Blake Martinez comes back, and they definitely cannot go into next season with Oren Burks and B.J. Goodson.
2. Defensive Line – Packers could upgrade their interior line. A priority within this is paying Kenny Clark his money and not trying to let him go into potential free agency next year where he will get paid. I do wonder if Clark waits on the Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs and see the market available for interior defenders. Packers could use a small upgrade from Tyler Lancaster or Dean Lowry too.
3. Punter – People likely forget how bad J.K. Scott was this season. He ranked 28th out of 32nd with all punters in the National Football League. That stinks out loud. Now, Green Bay did invest a draft pick with him, and he is a good holder for Mason Crosby. While I do not believe someone will be drafted to compete with Scott, I do believe they will bring a punter in come July to light a fire under his ass. Packers did something similar with Crosby a few years ago, and that flipped a switch for him.
4. Cornerback – With the assumption that Tramon Williams is gone or retired this offseason, I immediately thought the Packers need a cornerback. Well… Maybe not. They could use a corner, but I’m very much in on the idea that Chandon Sullivan could be a good rotational corner for the Packers. The potential is there. Additionally, Ka’Darr Hollman showed a ton of flashes in preseason last year.
From an overall list perspective, this is how it would probably net out to be.
1. Wide Receiver 2. Inside Linebacker 3. Offensive Line 4. Defensive Line 5. Punter 6. Running Back 7. Tight End 8. Quarterback 9. Cornerback.
Feel free to weigh in with your list.