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Defensive Line is Still the Packers’ Biggest Weakness

Datone Jones

Yes, I realize I was in the minority in this assessment prior to the draft. That is, that defensive line was actually the Green Bay Packers greatest position of need.

Well, absolutely nothing changed about that. The Packers drafted just one defensive linemen — sixth-round pick Christian Ringo, who is probably best labeled as a “developmental” player.

In fact, the Packers passed on one of the best defensive linemen in the draft — Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown — in the first round. Instead, they took a safety that they’re going to convert to cornerback and the Patriots grabbed Brown two picks later.

The other perceived areas of weakness for the Packers were addressed.


The Packers took one in both rounds one and two.

Inside linebacker?

The ultimate move is to leave Clay Matthews at inside linebacker, as we’ve discussed at length. However, the Packers also added Michigan’s Jake Ryan in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, Ted is out there adding luxury items.

Multiple corners, all-purpose threat Ty Montgomery, backup quarterback Brett Hundley and fullback Aaron Ripkowski.

Look, it isn’t as if the defensive line will be the ruin of the 2015 team. Overall, it just isn’t that good.

It wasn’t that good before the draft and it isn’t that good now.

You’ve got one potential star, a couple question marks and a soon-to-be bust.

I speak, of course, of Mike Daniels, Letroy Guion, B.J. Raji and Datone Jones.

Guion and Raji are both on one-year contracts. They’re question marks because who knows what the Packers are going to get out of them?

Raji hasn’t been good in four years. Guion is staring at a suspension. Jones has done nothing to warrant his status as a first-round pick or even as a starter.

We’re all just basically sitting around and hoping for the best. And that makes us uneasy.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. InFact May 5, 2015

    Given the current cast of DL, it’s challenging to think it could represent a Super Bowl-qualifying team in 2015.


  2. Icebowling May 5, 2015

    We were a few plays away from the Super Bowl last year Monty, why all the gloom and doom?

  3. TyKo Steamboat May 5, 2015

    Monty McMahon confessed to me over some chicken wings & a Manhattan that Datone Jones is “my boy”

  4. JRMD May 5, 2015

    This eval of the DL is ridiculous. Raji will be a beast this year, watch. Guion played very well last year and Daniels is flirting with a Pro Bowl ticket. Jones was close last year on numerous occasions and
    probably could have had 4 more sacks last season. Pennel, Boyd, Thornton, and the kid we got in the draft will provide plenty of depth and beef up front. Our DL is deeper than most and will shut all of the cry baby complainers up this season. You heard it here first folks. Go Pack!

  5. Snarff1 May 6, 2015

    Not to mention the number of people playing for a shot to be with the Packers or another team next year. We have a lot of one and done players fighting for their football lives.

  6. Jimbo May 6, 2015

    Unreal how they passed on Malcom Brown. I just about broke my TV. Totally stupid. Can you say Raji? Please……We are in deep shit on our D-line. Wait until we get embarrassed against Colin Kaepernick. It’s going to be sick. Prepare.

    1. TyKo Steamboat May 7, 2015

      the 40-whiners will be one of the worst teams in the NFL next season…

  7. Vijay May 6, 2015

    Ted devalues this position because of its high risk high reward track record. That’s pretty obvious….if you spend $$$ it’s on your more trustworthy play makers or star QBs (if you are lucky enough to have one). Finding a few space eating fat guys to free up our 2nd and third level guys to make tackles in the way we roll…bend don’t break, well except for the last 4+ minutes of the NFC Championship game.

  8. Barton May 11, 2015

    I totally agree with you Monty. Not only did Ted Thompson miss out on Malcom Brown in the first round, he missed the “steal of the draft,” Michael Bennett, who fell to the Jaguars who took him in the 6th round. We could have selected him with our own pick in the 5th, but that was traded as part of the deal to move up in that round to select Hundley. I, too, am very uneasy.