The Packers need a versatile weapon on defense
The Green Bay Packers’ defense has been disappointing this season. Many fans and analysts feel that defensive coordinator Joe Barry is to blame for calling a poor scheme. Head coach Matt LaFleur has emphasized that players aren’t executing the scheme properly. One NFL analyst thinks the Packers could grab a “versatile weapon” to help the defense.
The Packers’ defense was supposed to be great this season. But that was on paper. On the field, the secondary has been awful. Linebacker Rashan Gary was arguably the Packers’ best defender. He led the team in sacks and was primarily the only pass rusher on the team. After his injury, the Packers’ defense has been mush.
Dane Brugler with The Athletic recently came out with his mock draft for 2023. Brugler has the Packers staying Edge rusher Tyree Wilson with the number eight pick in the draft:
Of the last 12 first-round picks by the Packers, only one (Jordan Love) came on offense. An offensive lineman is possible here — Peter Skoronski playing for the Packers just like his Super Bowl-winning grandfather, Bob Skoronski, would be an awesome story. But no one should be surprised to see another defender, specifically along the line, where Tyree Wilson can be a versatile weapon.
Wilson would help the Packers’ defense
The Packers need another pass rusher. The defense has been awful since Gary left. Before he was injured, the Packers didn’t have enough ways other than Gary to get to the opposing quarterback. Like Barry has said this season, the best coverage scheme is a good pass rush.
Wilson has gotten after the quarterback during his four seasons in college football. He has 17 sacks overall. Wilson had seven sacks this season with 36 total tackles. The Packers have many adjustments to go to make the defense elite. Combining Wilson with a healthy Gary could be a great start to make the defense competitive.