Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for the Green Bay Packers

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Initial Post-Draft Depth Chart for the Green Bay Packers
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The Green Bay Packers have added 11 new players via the 2013 NFL draft and will continue to add names via the undrafted free-agency period. 

Considering the Packers did little during traditional free agency, now is the first time all offseason in which the current depth chart has seen considerable change. 

With draft picks and some undrafted free agents (via nepatriotsdraft.com) on board, here's a post-draft look at the Packers' depth chart. 

 

QUARTERBACK

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. B.J. Coleman 
  3. Graham Harrell 
  4. Matt Brown (r)

Notes: The Packers gave Coleman a huge pat on the back when they passed over several value quarterbacks late in the draft. There's obviously a growing confidence in the 2012 seventh-round pick. Maybe Coleman is now ready to send noodle-armed Graham Harrell where he belongs: the NFL unemployment line. 

 

RUNNING BACK

  1. Eddie Lacy (r)
  2. Johnathan Franklin (r)
  3. DuJuan Harris
  4. Alex Green
  5. James Starks

Notes: Lacy wasn't drafted in the second round to sit on the sidelines and watch. He'll be the leading candidate to start, with Franklin, a fourth-rounder, ready and able to steal away snaps. And don't forget about Harris, the team's 2012 dynamo. He's earned a chance to play in 2013. Green and Starks? Better buckle up for a stressful training camp. 

 

FULLBACK

  1. John Kuhn

Notes: As of now, Kuhn will enter training camp without competition. Expect that to eventually change. The Packers usually bring a few fullbacks to camp, and Kuhn's in the last year of his current deal. 

 

RECEIVER

  1. Jordy Nelson
  2. James Jones
  3. Randall Cobb
  4. Jarrett Boykin
  5. Charles Johnson (r)
  6. Kevin Dorsey (r)
  7. Jeremy Ross
  8. Sederrick Cunningham

Notes: The top three are interchangeable but set in stone. The Packers also liked Boykin a lot coming out of camp last September, and he eventually saw some meaningful snaps ahead of veteran Donald Driver. He'll start ahead of the two seventh-round rookies on the depth chart. Ross is a special teams player who might be out of a job if one of the rookies can show an aptitude returning kicks. 

 

TIGHT END

  1. Jermichael Finley
  2. Matthew Mulligan
  3. Andrew Quarless
  4. D.J. Williams
  5. Ryan Taylor
  6. Brandon Bostick
  7. Jake Stoneburner (r)

Notes: There are a lot of moving parts at tight end, but we know one thing for certain: Finley is the starter in 2013. From there, anything is possible. Mulligan looks like an easy replacement for Tom Crabtree as the blocking tight end, while Quarless should finally be close to 100 percent by camp. Williams and Taylor will have to fight for roster spots, especially with Bostick and Stoneburner nipping on their heels. This will be a position to watch in camp. 

 

LEFT TACKLE

  1. Marshall Newhouse
  2. Derek Sherrod
  3. David Bakhtiari (r)

Notes: Consider Newhouse officially on notice at left tackle. Mostly average (but improving) over the last two seasons, Newhouse will now need to fend off the rehabbing Sherrod and a fourth-round pick in Bakhtiari. He's the early front-runner, but Sherrod could really make this a battle in camp. Down the road, Bakhtiari should be able to fight for playing time. Sherrod and his recovery remain the wild card. 

 

LEFT GUARD

  1. T.J. Lang
  2. Greg Van Roten
  3. Kevin Hughes
  4. Lane Taylor (r)

Notes: Lang is the unquestioned starter. Van Roten is inexperienced, but he's probably a better player right now than Hughes and Taylor. Fourth-round pick J.C. Tretter will certainly be an option to play behind both guard's spots too. 

 

CENTER 

  1. Evan Dietrich-Smith
  2. Garth Gerhart
  3. Patrick Lewis (r)

Notes: You wonder if Tretter could eventually develop as a center. He's on the taller side, but the possibility shouldn't be thrown out. The Packers need a developmental guy there. For better or worse (likely worse), EDS appears to have very little in terms of a threat behind him. 

 

RIGHT GUARD

  1. Josh Sitton
  2. J.C. Tretter
  3. Joe Gibbs

Notes: Sitton's spot atop the depth chart is secure. Tretter, a fourth-round pick who played tight end and tackle at Cornell, will likely slide inside to provide depth at both guard spots. Gibbs is just a camp body.

 

RIGHT TACKLE

  1. Bryan Bulaga
  2. Don Barclay
  3. Andrew Datko
  4. Jeremy Vujnovich (r)

Notes: The Packers appear really strong on the right side. Bulaga returns from a hip injury, while Barclay proved to be a capable backup in spot-duty last season. He could make things interesting if he takes a big step forward in Year 2. Same goes for Datko, whose biggest flaw coming out of Florida State was an inability to stay healthy. Things here could change in a flash if Bulaga is moved to left tackle. 

 

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END

  1. Datone Jones (r)
  2. C.J. Wilson
  3. Josh Boyd (r)

Notes: Jones was the cornerstone of the Packers' draft and should slot right in as a starter at defensive end in the base defense. He has to be upgrade over Wilson, or Green Bay already has big problems. Boyd can probably play all three defensive line positions, but we'll stick him in behind Wilson and Jones in this exercise. 

 

NOSE TACKLE

  1. B.J. Raji
  2. Jerel Worthy
  3. Jordan Miller
  4. Gilbert Pena (r)

Notes: Raji played his share of defensive end last season, but he's a natural at nose in the base. Worthy can play on the end, too. His knee makes him a question mark for 2013. Pena is an interesting UDFA

 

LEFT DEFENSIVE END 

  1. Ryan Pickett
  2. Mike Neal
  3. Mike Daniels
  4. Johnny Jolly

Notes: Pickett will be 34 years old this season, but he's still a starter and a good one at that. There's no better player against the run on the roster, save for maybe Clay Matthews. Neal and Daniels are mostly passing-down players who struggle to fit in the base defense. Jolly is the great unknown, but it's difficult to envision him being the same disruptive defender he was in 2009 after so much time away from the game.

 

LEFT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

  1. Clay Matthews
  2. Dezman Moses
  3. Andy Mulumba (r) 

Notes: Moses played well when Matthews went out for a stretch in 2012, and he'll enter next season as the top backup at the position. Mulumba is an intriguing UDFA who could fight for a roster spot. The league's highest paid linebacker obviously heads the position.

 

LEFT INSIDE LINEBACKER

  1. A.J. Hawk
  2. Brad Jones
  3. Robert Francois
  4. Sam Barrington (r)

Notes: Hawk and Jones will be one of the training camp battles to watch. Jones was probably a better player in 2012, but Hawk is someone the Packers continue to trust. He's reliable and makes a good combination with Bishop inside. Still, Jones could easily win the job, especially with his new deal. Barrington should be the new D.J. Smith. 

 

RIGHT INSIDE LINEBACKER

  1. Desmond Bishop
  2. Terrell Manning
  3. Jamari Lattimore

Notes: Bishop needs to be healthy to win this spot, but we figure he will be. Don't sleep on Manning, who the Packers aggressively moved up to get last April. He could take a big jump in Year 2 and challenge for playing time, especially if Bishop regresses after his injury. Lattimore is a jack-of-all trades at linebacker. 

 

RIGHT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

  1. Nick Perry
  2. Nate Palmer (r)
  3. Micah Johnson

Notes: The Packers are really counting on Perry in 2013. Palmer probably isn't ready to be a huge factor, and Johnson is just a guy. As a first-rounder entering his second season, it's time for Perry to be a difference-maker. Green Bay can't afford him not to be. 

 

LEFT CORNERBACK

  1. Tramon Williams
  2. Davon House
  3. Jarrett Bush
  4. Loyce Means

Notes: House has everything you want in a boundary cornerback. He should push for the starting job, but Williams is owed so much money that you figure he's going to have to be a disaster to lose his spot. He's also two years removed from a bad shoulder injury, so maybe there's a chance he has a rebound season. The Packers are in trouble if Bush has to see the field on defense. Means is a camp body. 

 

STRONG SAFETY

  1. Jerron McMillian
  2. M.D. Jennings
  3. Ben Ericksen (r)

Notes: McMillian and Jennings both received significant votes of confidence from the Packers' staff when the safety position was all but ignored in the draft. Outsiders universally viewed the position as a need area entering the draft, but the internal evaluation is obviously strong. McMillian gets the nod here over Jennings because of his physical nature and higher upside.

 

FREE SAFETY

  1. Morgan Burnett
  2. Sean Richardson
  3. Chaz Powell

Notes: Burnett is the sure-fire starter. Richardson has always been intriguing, but a neck injury that needed surgery to end 2012 is somewhat concerning. You figure the Packers would have drafted a safety if it were a big concern. 

 

RIGHT CORNERBACK

  1. Sam Shields
  2. Casey Hayward
  3. Micah Hyde (r)
  4. James Nixon

Notes: Shields is the starter as an outside corner, but there's no way the Packers can keep Hayward off the field. They use the nickel package enough to consider Hayward a starter too. The second-year man is one of the NFL's better slot covers. Hyde, a fifth-round pick, will enter a cluttered and talented group to start his NFL career. 

 

KICKER

  1. Mason Crosby
  2. Giorgio Tavecchio 

Notes: Crosby finally has competition, but if the Packers really wanted to push him, they would have drafted a guy with one of the nine third-day picks in the draft. He should beat out Tavecchio in camp. 

 

PUNTER

  1. Tim Masthay

Notes: The Packers have no competition for Masthay, mostly because they don't need any. He's steady and reliable. 

 

KICK RETURNER

  1. Randall Cobb
  2. Jeremy Ross
  3. James Nixon
  4. Sederrick Cunningham

Notes: Cobb is a dynamic and vastly important weapon to the offense, but can the Packers afford to take him off kickoffs just yet? He's still a touchdown waiting to happen every kick. Youngsters with experience will compete for the job if Cobb is solely offense in 2013.

 

PUNT RETURNER

  1. Jeremy Ross
  2. Randall Cobb
  3. Micah Hyde

Notes: It's worth wondering how long Ross' catastrophic fumble in the Divisional Round will linger in his mind. Adversity like that can rattle a young player's psyche for a long time. The Packers probably don't want Cobb returning punts; it's just too dangerous an exercise for a player of his importance. Hyde has experience returning kicks from his time at Iowa. 

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