In the weeks that followed the Green Bay Packers' season-ending loss in the NFC title game, most of the mock drafts around the internet have focused on the team's defensive needs. However, with the departure of long-time starting guard T.J. Lang, the Packers now have a gap along their offensive line they need to fill before the start of the 2017 season.
With that in mind, SB Nation draft guru Dan Kadar projected the Packers to select Lang's replacement in the first round of his latest mock: Western Kentucky offensive lineman Forrest Lamp.
Kadar also explained his reasoning behind the Green Bay pick:
29. Green Bay Packers: Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
There’s a terrible joke somewhere in here about Forrest Lamp and Forrest Gregg, but you can make it yourself. Lamp would be a smart pickup for the Packers. Instead of shuffling pieces on the roster, Lamp could slot into the right guard spot vacated by T.J. Lang.
Lamp appears more than capable of starting at guard for some team this season, including the Packers. His background as a college left tackle fits what the team tends to look for in offensive linemen, and even his size -- 6-foot-4, 309 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine -- compare favorably to Lang at the same age.
However, the Packers have plenty of other options for replacing Lang besides their first-round selection. Specifically, the team invested multiple draft choices in the offensive line last year with the anticipation of one or more starters departing. Drafting an offensive lineman looks like an option for Green Bay at pick No. 29, but a front-seven defender remains the more likely move.