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Cheese Curds, 2/12: How will Packers revamp right side of offensive line?

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A draft pick seems a virtual certainty, but there’s little else to be sure of on the line right now.

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We are officially a week removed from the end of the 2017 NFL season, we’re more than two weeks out from the start of the 2018 Scouting Combine, and there’s still a month until the start of free agency.

Welcome to the first dead period of the offseason.

Of course, speculation and draft analysis will dominate the conversation in the coming weeks, and in today’s curds we find plenty of talk about the Packers’ offensive line. The group had a host of injury issues throughout the 2017 season, but one thing that is surprising is how effective the group was in run-blocking, particularly to the side that had the most injury concerns.

In the meantime, we as Packers fans should probably get familiar with this year’s offensive line class. Given the questions on the right side of the line, there’s a very good chance that Brian Gutekunst will invest a draft pick or two on the line this April. Furthermore, the trend among his fellow Ted Thompson proteges suggests that it will be an early pick.

Tune in a few months from now to find out for sure, but we’re moving forward expecting a fairly high pick on the line.

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With a new assistant coach -- Maurice Drayton -- taking over for Jason Simmons, the Packers hopefully will have some new ideas and a continued improvement next season.

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The Packers had ten coaches with NFL playing experience on the team just five years ago. Now it's down to the trio of James Campen, Winston Moss, and Simmons.

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The Packers have historically been a mediocre run-blocking offensive line, even though their pass protection has had some stellar seasons. However, the team finished fifth in yards before contact, and they led the league in that area on runs to the right side.

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As for the right side of the line, there are question marks galore for 2018. Justin McCray should be around to compete for a job somewhere -- probably at guard -- but the tackle spot and his competition at guard are very much up in the air.

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Oops. Oh well, no regerts.

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Instead of hiring the offensive coordinator from the team that lost the Super Bowl, the Colts have hired the one from the winning team. In retrospect, this doesn't seem like a bad consolation price at all for Indianapolis.