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With the Green Bay Packers officially eliminated from the playoffs Brett Favre Jersey , the attention now turns in full to the 2019 NFL Draft. They own two first-round selections as the result of a trade with the New Orleans Saints last April that landed the extra pick. SB Nation’s draft guru Dan Kadar sees the Packers attacking a primary issues on each side of the ball with those draft choices in his latest mock draft.Landing some help at outside linebacker ranks as the Packers’ top priority on defense. As Kadar notes in his explanations, Clay Matthews could depart in free agency and might have little left to offer as a pass rusher at this stage of his career. You can expect to see different edge rushers rotate in these mocks throughout the draft process as Green Bay’s preferences could change based on the next coaching staff and how the prospects perform in the NFL Scouting Combine and other pre-draft workouts.Kadar’s projection of Fant underscores Jimmy Graham’s struggles during his first season with the Packers. The team could opt to keep Graham given the systemic issues that sunk the 2018 campaign, but it wouldn’t surprise many to see general manager Brian Gutekunst move on from the veteran tight end this offseason. Over a two week span, Acme Packing Company takes a look at each position group on the Green Bay Packers and provides grades and insight on how they performed in the 2018 season. Today, we examine the defensive line.Exiting the 2017 season, the Green Bay Packers had one star on their defensive line and another player in the midst of a breakout. With Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark leading the way, the front line was poised for a good season in 2018, provided that they got good health.Then, after Brian Gutekunst took over as general manager, he signed an unrestricted free agent to start at the other spot on the line. The new face seemed like a perfect match with the established starters, sliding in comfortably at the 5-technique spot and likely providing additional interior pass rush.Unfortunately, it didn’t work out so well. As APC discussed earlier on Monday, injuries hammered this unit, with all three of those players ending the season on injured reserve. Instead of the big-name signing making a big impact, it was a surprising undrafted rookie who stepped up down the stretch.Here’s a look at the new faces on the Packers’ line in 2018 and how they fared.Muhammad WilkersonHow acquired: Signed as unrestricted free agentContract: One year Paul Hornung Jersey , $5 million ($1.5 million signing bonus)2018 Stats: 3 games played, 3 starts; 5 total tackles (2 solo)Reunited with his old coordinator Mike Pettine, Wilkerson was supposed to revive his NFL career in Green Bay after an ugly falling out with the New York Jets in 2017. Instead, Wilkerson looked like a player trying to find his footing for two-and-a-half games before a gruesome broken ankle ended his season early. In signing Wilkerson, Brian Gutekunst found a high-potential player for a fairly low dollar amount and only a single year on the books; it’s just unfortunate that injury derailed his chance to become an impact player.James LooneyHow acquired: 2018 seventh-round draft pick (#232 overall)Contract: Two years, $1.05 million2018 Stats: 3 games played; no statsThe first of three seventh-round draft picks that the Packers had in 2018, Looney is an athletic project on the defensive line who needs time to develop and bulk up for the NFL. Therefore, it was no surprise when the team released him at the end of training camp and brought him back on the practice squad.With injuries hammering the defensive line, Looney finally received his call-up to the 53-man roster late in the season, but he failed to make any impact. He received just 19 snaps in his three games, playing behind the next two names on this list as well as second-year pro Montravius Adams.Tyler LancasterHow acquired: Signed as undrafted rookie free agentContract: Two years, $1.05 million2018 Stats: 12 games played, 5 starts; 26 total tackles (19 solo); 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB hitThe Packers brought Lancaster in for a visit before the 2018 NFL Draft, and when the team made its initial round of undrafted free agent signings Bart Starr Jersey , Lancaster was on the list. However, given the perceived depth on the line, it seemed unlikely for the former Northwestern Wildcat to crack the roster, despite a solid Pro Day workout and decent tape as the anchor in the middle of Northwestern’s line. It was a lack of big plays that likely resulted in him going undrafted, and that contributed to him starting the season on the practice squad.But when Wilkerson went down with his injury, Lancaster was the player called up rather than Looney. After seeing just a few snaps per game early on, by the end of the year Lancaster was in the starting lineup and was making those splash plays, particularly in the run game.Lancaster may never be a pass-rusher, but he’s also not just a player who can hold his own at the point of attack — he showed an ability to shed blockers and make some athletic plays at the line of scrimmage. As such, he’ll be in line to earn a key rotational role once again in 2019.Fadol BrownHow acquired: Claimed off waivers from RaidersContract: One year, $480,0002018 Stats: With Packers — 4 games played, 3 total tackles (2 solo), 2 QB hits; With Raiders — 8 games played, 17 total tackles (14 solo) Ray Nitschke Jersey , 1 tackle for loss, 2 QB hits, 1 pass defendedAfter signing with the Oakland Raiders in 2017 as an undrafted rookie, Brown spent that entire season on the practice squad before making the 53-man roster in 2018. However, Oakland waived him in early December, which was fortuitous timing for the Packers, who scooped him up.Brown played 39 snaps on defense over the final month, but he flashed a bit of pass-rushing ability on occasion. He also alertly made a stop on a fake punt against the Chicago Bears, tackling Benny Cunningham for a one-yard loss near midfield after a big run stop on third-and-short the play before. There’s some potential here in Brown, who moves well for his size. However, his contract expires in March.

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