Projected 2015 starters: Green Bay Packers


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Packers Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Aaron Rodgers DE Datone Jones
  RB Eddie Lacy DT Letroy Guion
  FB John Kuhn DE Mike Daniels
  WR1 Jordy Nelson OLB Julius Peppers
  WR2 Randall Cobb ILB Clay Matthews
  TE Andrew Quarless ILB Carl Bradford
  LT David Bakhtiari OLB Nick Perry
  LG Josh Sitton CB1 Casey Hayward
  C Corey Linsley CB2 Sam Shields
  RG TJ Lang SS Morgan Burnett
  RT Bryan Bulaga FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

» The Packers have a status quo feel to them, which is alright if your team has the best offense in football and was a few blunders away from a Super Bowl. Mike McCarthy and the front office take some flak from time to time for being a little too familial in their dealings, but the roster has some great bones. There's nothing wrong with spending to keep valued talent instead of spending on someone else's.

» Damarious Randall, Green Bay's first-round pick, might not fit into the typical depth-chart format. He'll be on the field, especially in sub packages, but he might be a year away from a full-time starter role. Sam Shields didn't have the greatest of seasons last year but is only 27.

» Who else thought the Packers might be making more of a push to help out Clay Matthews on the inside? If anything, this portion of their roster still looks a little thin. The team was hard at work on its due diligence this offseason and might have hoped a player like Stephone Anthony fell out of the first round.

» Like Randall, Green Bay's second-round pick, Quinten Rollins, and fourth-round pick, Jake Ryan, should both find their way onto the field in some sub packages after proving themselves on special teams.

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