Linebackers the Packers Can Draft to Replace Blake Martinez
By Max Staley
Blake Martinez left the Green Bay Packers to sign with the New York Giants. While the four-year veteran has never made a Pro-Bowl appearance, he's been a solid player since joining the team in 2016.
And his absence will obviously leave a pretty sizable hole in the Packers' front seven. So with that in mind, let's take a look at three linebackers Green Bay can draft to replace Martinez.
3. Patrick Queen, LSU Tigers
Patrick Queen flashed some tantalizing sideline-to-sideline speed at LSU last season. He more than backed it up at the NFL Combine, posting a 4.50 time in the 40-yard dash. The rangy linebacker racked up 85 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss (TFL) and 3.0 sacks in his first season as a starter for the Tigers, and he could be an excellent replacement for Martinez. The Packers would almost certainly have to use their first-round pick to land Queen, though.
2. Troy Dye, Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks haven't been historically known as a defensive program, but they were excellent on that side of the ball last season and Troy Dye had a lot to do with that. He recorded 84 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 4 passes defended, 2.5 sacks and 2 interceptions. He might be off the board by the time Green Bay is at the podium in the second round, but Dye would be a nice fit in the Packers' front seven.
1. Malik Harrison, Ohio State Buckeyes
A slightly more versatile option than the other players on this list, Malik Harrison can play inside or off the edge. He's also coming off an incredibly productive senior campaign, tallying 16.5 TFL, 4 passes defended and 3.5 sacks. The four-year LB projects as an NFL-ready prospect who could make an impact in Green Bay from day one.
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