Clay Matthews is the leader of the Packer defense, when he is on the field he commands attention and demands greatness out of himself and his teammates. Julius Peppers and Mike Neal are forces to be reckoned with as well, and the Packers defensive end/outside linebacking corps looks to be a formidable one. However, one thing that has been a theme with Matthews the past few seasons is missing time due to injuries. Peppers is 34 years old and not a sure thing. Mike Neal has had one good season. So, are the Packers really good to go at outside linebacker?
The Packers suffered injuries throughout their linebacking corps last season, the one constant being A.J. Hawk who proved he is invaluable to the defense. Should the Packers add more depth to the linebackers? There are 10 prospects entering the draft this May that we think very highly of here at cover32. If one is available when the Packers pick at #21, should the Packers take him?
I believe the Packers will take the best available defensive player left on the board when their pick comes around, and it very well may be an outside linebacker. But, there are more pressing needs in the defensive secondary, specifically the safeties. Take a look at these OLB prospects though, and let us know if you’d like to see any of them in green and gold next year.