Early in the preseason the Green Bay Packers had some spots to fill at OLB. They already have Preston Smith and Rashan Gary as starters. There are some new names on the rise that could be second and third options including Jonathan Garvin, Tipa Galeai, La’Darius Hamilton, Kobe Jones, and Kingsley Enagbare.
Each player has had some time at the position, leaving some young guys either limited in play or injured. Based on those factors, the next man up could very well be the rookie out of South Carolina.
Enagbare was picked 179th overall in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Packers. In 2021 at South Carolina, he started in every game (12). Totaling 44 tackles (29 solo), seven tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks as a senior. Those numbers might not jump out. But he has a lot of potential and could be on the roster for Green Bay this season.
According to Twitter the rookie led all edge rushers in total hurries, and win % compared to other young NFL players at the same position in three preseason games.
The Packers Have Options
The Packers do have options on who to place in the other spots on the roster. Kingsley Enagbare can definitely earn his spot based on his play during the preseason. He does still need time to prove himself going up against tougher competition in practice leading up to Week 1.
Some think that he could be at the #3 spot rotating in and out with the veterans. More reps will show the coaches who deserves to be in that rotation.
Could Kingsley Enagbare be the next stud at OLB for the Packers?
We should get our answer when the regular season begins in a little less than two weeks against Minnesota. Though, it might not be during the first game, the young rookie will get some NFL action as his career moves on one game at a time.