The Green Bay Packers have two pillars on the defensive side of the ball in Kenny Clark and Jaire Alexander. The Packers need to add more talent around them this offseason.
The Green Bay Packers have two young pillars on the defensive side of the ball. Kenny Clark (25) is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the National Football League. Jaire Alexander (23) is arguably the best cornerback in the league right now.
If the Packers are going to take the next step on the defensive side of the ball they need to surround those pillars with talent. Today’s article will take a look at players that Green Bay could target in the draft along the defensive line. Next week we’ll take a look at players they could target in the secondary.
The main priority for general manager, Brian Gutekunst this offseason will be to infuse the defensive line with talent. The Packers need to find Clark his Robin.
The bad news for the Packers is the defensive line class in the upcoming NFL Draft isn’t particularly strong. However, there are a number of intriguing options they could target in the first two rounds of the draft.
Christian Barmore, Alabama
Barmore is arguably the most talented interior defensive lineman in the draft. The question is, will he still be on the board when the Green Bay Packers are on the clock?
Barmore has all the tools in the shed to become a difference-maker at the next level. The redshirt sophomore has a quick first step. He plays with great leverage and closes on the quarterback quickly due to his athletic ability.
Barmore looks every bit the part standing at 6’5 and weighing 311 pounds. With his size and athletic ability, Barmore could be the disruptive force that the Packers have been searching for to play alongside Clark.
Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
Onwuzurike opted out of the 2020 season. The last time we saw him on the football field he was a difference-maker for the Washington Huskies. In 2019, he recorded 45 tackles, six tackles for loss, and two sacks. He finished the season on a terror, recording 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, and 22 tackles over the last six games.
Onwuzurike has an explosive first step and has some thunder in his hands. Onwuzurike could have benefited from playing this season, but the flashes of brilliance are there. The question remains, can he put it all together and become a consistent force?
Jalen Twyman, Pittsburgh
Twyman became the first interior defensive lineman to lead the Panthers in sacks (10.5) since a guy by the name of Aaron Donald accomplished that feat back in 2013. In fact, Twyman needed just one more sack to break Donald’s single-season sack record at Pitt.
Twyman was a wrecking ball in the middle of Pitt’s defense in 2019. Twyman has a quick get-off and overpowers offensive lineman with his brute strength. As a pass rusher, he utilizes his hands well and has a great swim move.
Tyman will likely go somewhere on day two of the draft. The former Pitt Panther could go in the second round or he could potentially early on day three. With Tyman’s juice as a pass rusher, he could bolster any team’s interior pass rush.
Jordan Davis, Georgia
There is no denying that the Green Bay Packers need to improve against the run. Davis and his mammoth frame (6’6, 330 pounds) would definitely help the Packers improve in that department.
For a man of his size, Davis moves well. He has good short-area quickness and plays with outstanding leverage. He’s very strong at the point of attack and is an immovable object.
Marvin Wilson, Florida State
Wilson could go in the Top 15, or he could slide into the second round. He has good short-area quickness and has flashed the potential to be a disruptive force against the run.
As a pass-rusher Wilson simply overpowers interior offensive lineman. He has strong powerful hands and shocks lineman with his thunderous punch.
The Green Bay Packers need more playmakers upfront. Wilson has all the tools to be a force against the run and the ability to bolster the team’s interior pass rush.