2. Lane Taylor, Guard
Not hearing an offensive lineman’s name is actually a good thing, because it usually signals they’re doing an exceptional job of protecting. Lane Taylor is no stranger to that theory. Since taking over as the starting left guard he’s filled in very adequately. Replacing a former pro bowler in Josh Sitton is no easy task, but Taylor has more than played the part.
Like Pipkins, Taylor was an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State. He’s started 33 games in his career at multiple positions and even filled in at left tackle for an injured David Bakhtiari. Taylor has done extremely well wherever he’s played and deserves more recognition than he receives.
Before the 2017 season started, Taylor signed a three-year extension worth $16.5 million. He fits the mold for the type of offensive lineman the Packers like (particularly how Ted Thompson likes). If Taylor is anything like former guards Josh Sitton and TJ Lang, he should develop into one of the best in the NFL.