Green Bay Packers' 5 Biggest Draft Needs Heading Into 2016 Combine

By Brad Berreman

The Green Bay Packers did not win the NFC North last season, but they did finish 10-6 and won a playoff game before nearly beating the Arizona Cardinals in the Divisional Round. There is clearly plenty of talent in place, just some specific need areas to address as the offseason gets going.

Ahead of next week’s NFL Combine, here are Green Bay’s five biggest draft needs.

 

Green Bay Packers\' 5 Biggest Draft Needs Heading Into 2016 Combine
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5. Tight End

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This year's draft class, which has become a trend, is not very deep at tight end. But the Packers need to add a difference-maker at the position, and finding a prospect to develop could be on the draft radar.

5. Tight End

This year's draft class, which has become a trend, is not very deep at tight end. But the Packers need to add a difference-maker at the position, and finding a prospect to develop could be on the draft radar.

4. Defensive Line

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Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion have been signed to long-term deals, but B.J. Raji may be allowed to explore free agency, and defensive line depth could be an issue for the Packers. The draft would be an opportunity to address it.

4. Defensive Line

Mike Daniels and Letroy Guion have been signed to long-term deals, but B.J. Raji may be allowed to explore free agency, and defensive line depth could be an issue for the Packers. The draft would be an opportunity to address it.

3. Outside Linebacker

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Clay Matthews is firmly in place as Green Bay's best edge rusher, but Julius Peppers is aging and Nick Perry is headed for free agency. A mid-round pick to inject some life into their pass rush should be something the Packers look at.

3. Outside Linebacker

Clay Matthews is firmly in place as Green Bay's best edge rusher, but Julius Peppers is aging and Nick Perry is headed for free agency. A mid-round pick to inject some life into their pass rush should be something the Packers look at.

2. Offensive Line

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Aaron Rodgers was sacked 46 times last season, as injuries hampered the Packers' offensive line at times. The right side should be a particular focus, and someone who can play guard or tackle could be appealing.

2. Offensive Line

Aaron Rodgers was sacked 46 times last season, as injuries hampered the Packers' offensive line at times. The right side should be a particular focus, and someone who can play guard or tackle could be appealing.

1. Inside Linebacker

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Clay Matthews has been effective when asked to play inside linebacker, but after a 6.5-sack season he would ideally move back outside full-time. An early pick for an inside linebacker, perhaps No. 27 overall (Reggie Ragland?), can't be ruled out.

1. Inside Linebacker

Clay Matthews has been effective when asked to play inside linebacker, but after a 6.5-sack season he would ideally move back outside full-time. An early pick for an inside linebacker, perhaps No. 27 overall (Reggie Ragland?), can't be ruled out.

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