The draft ushers in a new group of young talent each year.
Less appealing to veterans, it also ushers out the aging players.
Several Green Bay Packers veterans will see their statuses as starters challenged. As this is Green Bay, a team with a majority of its starters acquired via the draft, those challengers will emerge in early May.
Injuries, lackadaisical play and transitional lineup questions will provide opportunity for rookies to vie for crucial roles on both sides of the ball. This will especially true on a defense that allowed the most points by any Packer team since 1983, Bart Starr’s last season as head coach.
Conversely, the offense struggled through a litany of injuries that took out stars Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley for parts of the season. Cobb and Finley played a combined 12 games.
The following three positions present the greatest opportunities for players to make a Week 1 impact, though if history is any indication, injuries will continue to challenge the status quo as the season progresses.