2017 Green Bay Packers: Offensive Line

The Green Bay Packers have fielded one of the best offensive line units in the NFL the last two seasons. However, they will be heading into 2017 looking to replace a Pro Bowl Guard for the second consecutive season.

 

Tackle

David Bakhtiari has developed into one of the best LTs in the entire league, and Bryan Bulaga is a really good RT when healthy. The Packers also possess excellent depth with second year Jason Spriggs expected to take a step as the RT of the future. Kyle Murphy is looking to be the backup of the future, or may possess the ability to kick inside at Guard. Don Barclay gives Green Bay some experience at Tackle in the case of a catastrophic string of injuries.

 

Guard

Lane Taylor will be expected to be the LG after a surprisingly good season. Jahri Evans and Don Barlay will compete for the starting RG spot. I would also keep an eye on two dark horse candidates: Kyle Murphy and Lucas Patrick. Murphy is a favorite of the coaching staff, but may have more of a future at Tackle. Patrick has the ideal size/athleticism that the Packers love at Guard, and may be ready to have a Lane Taylor like transition this season. Kofi Amichia and Geoff Gray could both be options for a spot on the Practice Squad.

 

Center

Corey Linsley has the starting Center spot locked down, but staying healthy has been a concern for the former Ohio State Buckeye. Barclay is the most experienced veteran, but Jacob Flores will try to earn a roster spot as the backup Center.

 

Predictions:

Starters:

LT – David Bahktiari

LG – Lane Taylor

C – Corey Linsley

RG – Jahri Evans

RT – Bryan Bulaga

 

Backups:

T – Jason Spriggs

T – Kyle Murphy

T/G/C – Don Barclay

 

Practice Squad:

G Kofi Amechia

G Geoff Gray

 

Other NFL Rosters:

G Lucas Patrick

Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig
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  • James C. Drumheller III

    I’m confident in Evans coming in and filling the right guard spot. We must however look for another quality offensive lineman in the draft. This years crop of offensive linemen was weak. I’m counting on next year to draft a starting right guard. Barclay will be gone and Evans may retire.Tretter will be missed. He was the best sixth lineman in the NFL when healthy.

    • Andrew

      I really liked Tretter as well. I thought he was better than Linsley, but with what the Browns were willing to pay he was expendable. It just makes Linsley’s health this season very important.

      • James C. Drumheller III

        Barclay must have been kept around for his versatility. Tackle is his weakest position. Thank God for Spriggs.