The 2016 NFL Scouting Combine has officially come to a close, and once again it has had a major impact on prospect rankings across the board. One of the players who helped their stock the most during the Combine was Jason Spriggs, an offensive tackle out of Indiana. He impressed athletically and moved into first round consideration thanks to his performance.
One team that should definitely look into acquiring Spriggs is the Green Bay Packers. After a disappointing season, the Packers need to add some help on the offensive line in order to keep Aaron Rodgers healthy. With that said, it is imperative that they make Spriggs their No. 1 target in the first round of the draft.
As mentioned, Spriggs was excellent at the Combine, but he also looked great on tape during his final season at Indiana. He opened up a lot of holes in the running game for Jordan Howard and did a pretty good job of keeping Nate Sudfeld upright. He should be a right tackle or swing tackle at the next level and would fill a huge need on the Packers’ offensive line.
Last season, the Packers dealt with a ridiculous amount of injuries on offense. From their receivers to their offensive linemen, it seemed like a new player was hurt every week. Their depth on the offensive line became their biggest problem as the season progressed. Simply put, Don Barclay was not a suitable swing tackle, and the only decent backup interior lineman they had was JC Tretter. The team needs to add a better backup which is where Spriggs would fit in.
Spriggs could be the primary backup behind David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga at the tackle positions. As he adjusts to the NFL, he can take more and more snaps and the Packers can decide what they want to do with him. They could permanently play him at right tackle if Bulaga cannot stay healthy, which is always a possibility.
They could also play him at left tackle and eventually move Bakhtiari inside to guard to replace either T.J. Lang or Josh Sitton when the time comes. Regardless of what happens, Spriggs would add much-needed depth to the line and give Rodgers an insurance policy that he did not have this past season. He would fill a big need and possibly get the Packers closer to another Super Bowl title.