Packers’ 2020 Depth Chart Projections: Defensive Line

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Projecting what the Green Bay Packers’ depth chart on the defensive line could look like heading into training camp of the 2020 season.

As a unit, the Green Bay Packers‘ defensive line had an underwhelming 2019 campaign. They were disappointing throughout most of the season and never lived up to their true potential.

The lone exception was Kenny Clark. Despite battling injuries early on, Clark played all 16 games and cemented himself as one of the best 3-4 defensive linemen in the NFL. He finished the season with 62 total tackles, nine for loss and six sacks–all career-highs. He rightfully earned his first Pro Bowl selection in the process.

Behind him, role players Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster failed to live up to expectations. Neither player is expected to be a star, but they are expected to hold their own on the defensive line. Instead, they were too easily disposed of in the run game while putting up little resistance. A bounceback year by either or both players would go a long way in improving the Packers’ weak run defense.

DL1: Kenny Clark

DL2: Dean Lowry

DL3: Tyler Lancaster

DL4: Montravius Adams

DL5 Kingsley Keke

DL6: Treyvon Hester

DL7: Gerald Willis

DL8: Willington Previlon

Montravius Adams is another player who hopes to play better in 2020. He has the potential to become a full-time starter, but has failed to live up to that so far. After being selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, he’s in the final year of his rookie contract and this could be his last straw. He has to come ready to play this season.

Kingsley Keke is another player with some potential. A 2019 fifth round draft pick, Keke joined the Packers as a raw rookie last season. He has some skills as a pass-rusher and that he could make his biggest impact getting after the quarterback. However, he also has to improve as a run defender if he wants to see consistent playing time.

It’s likely a battle for a practice squad position after Keke, as the Packers have no need to keep more than five defensive linemen unless someone really shows they’re worth the extra roster spot.

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Treyvon Hester has NFL experience, as he’s played in 41 career games over the last three seasons. This may also give him a leg up in earning a spot on the final roster. Gerald Willis was a stud at Miami, but was undrafted last season. If he can carry over his skills from college, he could have a chance to earn a role in Green Bay. Finally, Willington Previlon was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers this season. He has good size and could be someone who eats up blockers for the linebackers.