The Packers are on the verge of having a great defensive front. The additions of Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Rashan Gary, and Kingsley Keke have already paid off in year one. Kenny Clark should be getting an extension soon as one of the best interior defensive linemen in the game. The issue lies in the depth of the defensive line. Some of the role players have not progressed as intended. Montravious Adams had a disappointing season. It is obvious that Tyler Lancaster and Dean Lowry simply have not got the job done playing against the better teams in the league. Kyler Fackrell has played well in a specific reduced role, but he is not the answer in handling the depth situation. Furthermore, James Looney was moved to tight end toward the end of last season. If this front is going to be dominant, the depth is just as important as the first four to five starters.

While looking at prospects for the defensive line, it can be a little different. These players can fill specific voids along the line, have favorable traits, or possibly help on special teams as they develop. It is safe to say the Packers have been getting a lot more athletic along the front, and they like guys who can rush the passer at every position. Many times last year, they only rushed three or four defenders and still got to the quarterback. The combine results are a very important part of where these players will land on the Packers Big Board.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

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JUSTIN MADUBUIKE

6’3″, 304 LBS

DT, TEXAS A&M

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LEKI FOTU

6’5″, 337 LBS

DT, UTAH

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DAVON HAMILTON

6’4″, 327 LBS

DT, OHIO STATE

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MCTELVIN AGIM

6’3″, 307 LBS

DT, ARKANSAS

 

EDGE

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ALEX HIGHSMITH

6’4″, 242 LBS

EDGE, CHARLOTTE

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KHALID KAREEM

6’4″, 265 LBS

EDGE, NOTRE DAME

 

EDGE/LB

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DARRELL TAYLOR

6’4″, 259 LBS

LB, TENNESSEE

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CARTER COUGHLIN

6’3″, 234 LBS

LB, MINNESOTA