3. David Bakhtiari
David Bakhtiari is one of the best left tackles in the entire league. It feels like the former 2013 fourth round pick has been around forever, but he’s still only 26-years-old and likely entering his prime.
Bakhtiari anchors the offensive line and ensures they are able to do a lot of other things with their personnel. Green Bay can consistently put him on an island in pass protection and expect their quarterback not to get touched. In return, this allows them to have their backs and tight ends focus elsewhere in the pass-blocking duties.
If Bakhtiari does go down (he’s only missed six games in his entire career and four of them were last year), the Packers have a couple of options behind him, but nothing exciting. Jason Spriggs and free agent acquisition Byron Bell would likely be the first two up. The Packers spent a high pick on Spriggs in 2016 and have yet to be rewarded in doing so. The drop off would be huge and likely put Rodgers’ at an increased risk as well.