Position breakdown: Defensive line

Aaron Kampman and Ryan Pickett are the standouts while depth is a question mark.

Editor's note: This is the first of a nine-part series breaking down the Packers by position. Check back on Sunday for more of this series, plus a story from general manager Ted Thompson's 2 p.m. news conference.

Here is a breakdown of the Green Bay Packers' defensive line.

Depth chart: Starting ends: Aaron Kampman and Cullen Jenkins. Starting tackles: Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly. Reserve ends: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Mike Montgomery, Jason Hunter and Jeremy Thompson. Reserve tackle: Colin Cole.

Strength or weakness?: Weakness. Kampman is an elite player, but without a sure-bet sidekick, an endless barrage of double teams and chipping running backs will impede his path to the quarterback.

Questions abound everywhere else on the line, though. The starters are fine but the depth is shaky. The mammoth Pickett is a superb run-stuffer who sat out all of training camp with a hamstring injury. Jolly has legal issues and never has been a full-time starter at this level. Last year's No. 1 pick, Justin Harrell, may or may not be available at midseason after a second round of back surgery. He's on the physically unable to perform list and will miss at least the first six games. With only three true tackles on the roster at the moment, this might be a position general manager Ted Thompson is considering upgrading.

Gbaja-Biamila is the key. He's a proven sack artist but he barely practiced during training camp while recovering from offseason knee surgery. If healthy and productive, he's the Packers' best pass rusher. If not, the Packers will have to gamble to put any heat on the quarterback.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com

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