It was no secret that the Green Bay Packers needed some help on the offensive line coming into the 2016 NFL Draft. The team had been decimated by injuries in the previous season, and they needed to add a swing tackle or some interior depth to ensure that Aaron Rodgers would not get pummeled for another year. The team was able to do just that by landing Indiana‘s Jason Spriggs in the second round after trading up. Spriggs will be a perfect fit for the Packers and he could eventually become a starter for the team.
Spriggs had a solid final season at Indiana and performed very well against the run. He displayed great athleticism, which really came out during the pre-draft process. Spriggs absolutely dominated the Combine, put up some great numbers and looked extremely good in the on-field drills. He was the best player at the event and he solidified his status as a fringe first-rounder who would certainly be a second-round pick. The Packers were lucky that they were able to land him at No. 48 overall.
For the Packers, Spriggs will likely start his career as a primary backup. He can play backup for the oft injured Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari at the tackle positions. If he performs well, he could end up moving into a starting role during his second season, as Bakhtiari is a free agent who the team has also talked about moving to guard. Regardless of what happens in the future, Spriggs will be a key cog for the team and he will be a much better insurance policy than the team had on the line last season.
The price was not too steep to get Spriggs either. The team gave up their own second-round pick, a fourth-round pick, and a seventh-round pick as well. To move up and get a player who could dramatically improve their offense was a smart idea, and the team will likely benefit from the move.