When Ted Thompson invested two consecutive first round picks at offensive tackle, most assumed that would end the Packers' search for their long-term replacements for the departed Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher. However, Bryan Bulaga (2010) and Derek Sherrod (2011) have both dealt with severe injuries, costing each considerable playing time.
In their stead, the Packers have leaned upon youngsters David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay. While neither performed particularly well this season, the coaches feel confident that both can compete for starting jobs going forward. At least with Bakhtiari, a fair amount of improvement is expected as he adds weight and gains experience from another offseason.
Assuming Marshall Newhouse leaves -- a fairly reasonable assumption given his recent play and contract status -- that leaves Green Bay with three tackles with starting experience and another (Sherrod) who has all the tools to be a complete player at the position.
The only plausible reason for the Packers to add another offensive tackle is if a high-value prospect presents himself in the draft. The 2014 draft class features an embarrassment of riches at tackle, and it's highly possible that an elite prospect falls to Green Bay. Ted Thompson has been known to choose value over need before, and it's not inconceivable that he does so again.
That said, offensive tackle certainly isn't a need. The Packers' 2014 starters are probably some combination of Bulaga, Bakhtiari, and Sherrod with Barclay staying on as a reserve right tackle and guard.
Need Rating (1-10): 1
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