The Packers began last season 4-6 and were a sure bet to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Then Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay's offense became unstoppable, and their defense was good enough to pick up eight straight wins on their way to the NFC Championship Game where their luck ran out as Julio Jones and the rest of the Falcons' offense highlighted the Packers' flaws on the defensive side of the ball. One of 2017's biggest questions is, did Green Bay do enough this offseason to address their defensive issues.


The Packers' biggest weakness appears to be at the cornerback position where they were banged up, inexperienced, and straight up bad last season.

The Packers selected CB Kevin King with their first draft pick, but they didn't do much else to improve their personnel at that spot. Green Bay is betting on Ladarius Gunter, Quinten Rollins, and Damarious Randall to make large strides in year three of their NFL careers, and King to make an instant impact as a rookie.


The Packers' safeties are another story as they have two of the league's best in Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. They've been quite busy cleaning up the mess left by their inexperienced cornerbacks, but both of them are above-average performers against the run and pass. Micah Hyde was an important and versatile piece of this Packers' secondary, and he will be missed as he left in free agency this offseason.


Green Bay's group of inside linebackers is very similar to their crop of cornerbacks. They are inexperienced and haven't performed particularly well in their pro careers. Jake Ryan and Joe Thomas are entering their third season, and Blake Martinez is just coming off of his rookie year. The Packers have a ton of faith in their ability to develop young players, and they're hoping to see some improved performance from this group next season.


While the Packers saw the emergence of Nick Perry last season, they also saw the regression of Clay Matthews. Matthews has been battling injuries and dealing with position changes the past couple years, and his performance has taken a dip. It's tough to predict whether he can become the Clay Matthews of old ever again. Kyler Fackrell showed some flashes in his rookie year, and Vince Biegel could see the field a lot in his rookie season.


Mike Daniels is an absolute monster along the defensive line as he may be the Packers' most disruptive player. Letroy Guion and Ricky Jean-Francois will be solid contributors, Kenny Clark looked very solid as a rookie, and Montravius Adams is a very promising prospect.

The Packers haven't been big players in free agency during the Ted Thompson era, and they basically stood pat again this year especially on defense. Green Bay will be counting on many second and third year players to make giant leaps in 2017.