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Projected 2014 starters: Green Bay Packers

Around The League predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. Click here for the complete series breakdown.

Green Bay Packers Projected 2014 Starters
Offense
Defense
QB
DE
RB
NT
WR1
DE
WR2
OLB
WR3
ILB
TE
OLB
LT
CB1
LG
CB2
C
CB3
RG
SS
RT
FS


» The Green Bay Packers aggressively filled a huge need with first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He should start from day one and upgrade a secondary that gave up too many big plays last season.

» Clinton-Dix could improve two starting positions, allowing Morgan Burnett to move to strong safety. Ultimately the two players are more similar than different; general manager Ted Thompson believes they should be an effective pair together. Burnett is coming off an awful third season and could face competition for snaps from Micah Hyde.

» Third-round defensive end Khyri Thornton has the next clearest path to playing time, but he'll be in rotation with Jones, Daniels, and 2012 second round pick Jerel Worthy.

» Second-round pick Davante Adams could get on the field as well, although current No. 3 receiver Jarrett Boykin has a lot of talent for a relative unknown. Adams' selection felt more like a pick for the future by Thompson with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson's contracts coming up.

» The Packers will improve greatly just by getting healthier this offseason. Matthews, Bulaga, Cobb, Hayward and pass rusher Nick Perry all missed significant time last season. Hayward is a key part of this team's intriguing potential at cornerback.

» Green Bay would have loved to upgrade their speed at inside linebacker in the draft, but it didn’t work out. Hawk and Jones both don't figure to be "every down" players if the defense stays healthy.

» Take away Aaron Rodgers, and this is still a roster that should contend for the playoffs. Add Aaron Rodgers and they should be one of the five best teams in the league.

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