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In 2012, the Packers were coming off a season in which two former No.1 picks in the draft were sidelined with injuries.
I'm speaking of offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, who was chosen in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and Derek Sherrod, who was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Bulaga missed almost half of the 2012 season due to a hip injury, while Sherrod missed the entire season due a a leg fracture which occurred late in the 2011 season.
The Packers were forced to play an undrafted rookie (Don Barclay) at right tackle the latter part of the season and into the playoffs. Plus, the team benched veteran center Jeff Saturday late in the season and replaced him with Evan Dietrich-Smith.
This season, the Packers have decided to make some changes on their offensive line. The Packers are moving Bulaga to the left side of the line to play left tackle, and they are also moving Josh Sitton to that side of the line to play left guard.
Dietrich-Smith will remain at center and T.J. Lang will move from left guard to right guard.
The Packers also added a couple more offensive linemen in the draft and signed a couple more as undrafted rookies.
With the drafting of both David Bakhtiari of Colorado and J.C. Tretter of Cornell in the fourth round, the Packers brought in some versatility for the offensive line.
Although both Bakhtiari and Tretter played left tackle in college, it appears that both will find different positions in the NFL.
I expect Bakhtiari to be in the mix for the starting right tackle job, while Tretter will most likely be moved inside to help out at both guard and tackle.
The Packers are also expecting second-year offensive lineman Andrew Datko to be in the mix this season, as he appears to be healthy and much stronger.
The jury is still out on whether Sherrod will be effective this season, but head coach Mike McCarthy expects him to be a factor.
With the injuries the team has suffered on the line recently, along with the inconsistent play of Marshall Newhouse at left tackle the past two seasons (gave up 24.5 sacks), the Packers needed to add more bodies and make some serious changes.