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OLB: Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Nick Perry, Carl Bradford (R), Mike Neal, Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba, Adrian Hubbard (R), Jayrone Elliott (R)
ILB: A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Sam Barrington, Jamari Lattimore, Victor Aiyewa, Joe Thomas (R), Jake Doughty (R)
As far as the pass-rushing rotation goes, the first three outside linebackers on the depth chart seem set. Clay Matthews, the Pro Bowl edge player, is by all means is a clear-cut starter. After that, there are some hazy lines, however.
Nick Perry was a 2012 first-round draft pick and a starting outside linebacker when healthy in the past. You'd think he'd be the incoming starter, but the Packers made their biggest signing since Charles Woodson this offseason when they brought in Julius Peppers. A former All-Pro, he may be able to play on the left side of the line—where Perry seems to be ineffective—which allow Perry to have fresh legs off the bench and rush from a multitude of spots.
Behind the big three are Carl Bradford and Mike Neal. Neal originally started his Packers career as a defensive lineman but switched to outside linebacker in 2013. Bradford, an undersized 2014 draft pick, is unknown as a commodity and may even play a bit of inside linebacker.
In the third tier of the pass-rushers on the roster, there are two second-year players and two rookies.
Nate Palmer was a 2013 draft choice and was used sparingly in 2013. Like Palmer, Andy Mulumba wasn't used much in 2013, but he did make the roster as an undrafted rookie.
The two new additions, Adrian Hubbard and Jayrone Elliott, likely have an uphill battle to make the roster. Many assumed Hubbard, who declared early from Alabama, was going to be drafted, but after he fell out of the draft, the Packers took him. He was a 3-4 outside linebacker for Nick Saban. Elliott, a sleeper from Toledo, Ohio, played defensive end in his college career.
At inside linebacker, A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones are likely to keep their starting roles from 2013. With no major moves at the position, the power structure remains the same.
The longtime starting linebacker and former first-round pick, Hawk will remain the starting defensive fullback for the team, while Jones will keep his weak-side job and attempt to clean up tackles.
Behind them, Sam Barrington, a young but recently injured player, could make an impact if he sees the field. The issue is that he won't likely do so unless one of the starters suffers an injury. He and Jamari Lattimore, who was brought back for 2014, will both likely add a large contribution to special teams, even if they don't see the field on defense.
Victor Aiyewa (remaining from the 2013 roster), Joe Thomas (a productive undrafted rookie from South Carolina State) and Jake Doughty (a four-time all-academic selection from Utah State) are fighting for one roster spot in training camp, if that.