After the draft: Offense analysis

Packer Report takes a position-by-position look at the roster to see who will be fighting for jobs. We start with the offense. With an eye on last year's roster makeup, how many players will be vying for coveted roster spots?

Here's where the Packers stand on offense after the draft. More in-depth position breakdowns will come in the following days.

Offensive line

Total: 15.

Number on 2008 roster: 9.

Holdovers: G/T Allen Barbre; T Chad Clifton; G/T Daryn Colledge; T Breno Giacomini; G Nevin McCaskill; T/G Tony Moll; G Josh Sitton; C/G Jason Spitz; T Mark Tauscher; C Scott Wells.

Additions: C/G Duke Preston (FA); G/T T.J. Lang (4th); T Jamon Meredith (5th); T/G Andy Hartline (UDFA); C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (UDFA).

Note: Tauscher, a free agent, is listed on the Packers' roster (and in this piece) even though he is not officially on the roster and does not count against the 80-player limit.

Quick overview: It's going to be a free-for-all at training camp, with perhaps only Clifton's spot at left tackle secure. Right tackle figures to be open, with Barbre, Giacomini, Moll, Lang, Meredith and perhaps Colledge in the running. Spitz and Preston will challenge Wells, and Spitz, Colledge, Sitton, Barbre and the rookies are in the mix for the guard slots.


Total: 3.

Number on 2008 roster: 3.

Holdovers: Brian Brohm; Matt Flynn; Aaron Rodgers.

Additions: None, though UDFA's Brian Johnson of Utah and David Johnson of Tulsa will practice at this weekend's rookie camp on a tryout basis. Brian Johnson (6-foot-1) led the Utes to a 13-0 record. Brian Johnson (6-3) threw for more than 4,000 yards last season.

Quick overview: There's no reason to believe last year's quarterbacks won't be this year's quarterbacks, unless Brohm has made no progress since his poor rookie season. In that case, the Packers could cut their losses and add a veteran.

Running backs

Total: 5.

Number on 2008 roster: 3.

Holdovers: Ryan Grant; Brandon Jackson; Kregg Lumpkin; DeShawn Wynn.

Additions: Tyrell Sutton (UDFA).

Quick overview: The Packers had a chance to upgrade the position with a pass-catching threat late in the draft with versatile backs Cedric Peerman, Javon Ringer and Rashad Jennings. They held the status quo but signed the intriguing Sutton, who had big-time production as a runner and receiver when healthy at Northwestern. At 5-foot-8 and 211 pounds, he adds a different dimension than other others.


Total: 3.

Number on 2008 roster: 2.

Holdovers: Korey Hall; John Kuhn.

Additions: Quinn Johnson (5th).

Quick overview: Aside from the first-round picks, no draft selection is getting as much hype as the helmet-cracking Johnson. It's a great addition for a team that needs to add more of a power element to its run game. Unless Johnson bombs, special teams will decide who survives between Hall and Kuhn.

Tight ends

Total: 5.

Number on 2008 roster: 3.

Holdovers: Jermichael Finley; Tory Humphrey; Donald Lee; Evan Moore.

Additions: Carson Butler (UDFA).

Quick overview: They stuck with the status quo in a draft loaded with pass-catching tight ends. Of course, they already have a young pass-catching tight end in Finley. For this offense to click, he must take a big step forward and Rodgers must build a stronger chemistry between himself and this trio.

Wide receivers

Total: 13.

Number on 2008 roster: 5.

Holdovers: Jake Allen; Donald Driver; Greg Jennings; James Jones; Ruvell Martin; Jordy Nelson; Lorne Sam; Brett Swain.

Additions: Andy Brodell (UDFA); JaRon Harris (UDFA); Kole Heckendorf (UDFA); Jamarko Simmons (UDFA); Patrick Williams (UDFA).

Quick overview: Of the undrafted guys, watch out for Simmons as a possibility to challenge Martin. At 6-foot-2 and 234 pounds, he's a big, physical receiver who had more than 100 receptions last season in breaking Jennings' school records. The 6-foot-4 Allen and Swain, a seventh-rounder in 2008, spent the season on the practice squad. It will be interesting to see if they've elevated themselves. Yes, 13 is a lot of receivers, but they needed to add a bunch so they can run their offense at this weekend's rookie camp. So, don't read much into it.

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