The Green Bay Packers have a few needs on the defensive side of the ball, including possibly finding replacements for safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and edge rusher Clay Matthews — both of whom are in contract years.
Matthews is also declining and has just 1.5 sacks on the season. While he has been getting some pressure over the course of the year, it’s pretty clear he’s no longer playing at the Pro Bowl level we used to see not so long ago.
If one has to choose the pass rush or the secondary, the former is always a smarter option. A good pass rush can negate a questionable defensive backfield, which the Packers have seemingly had on a yearly basis.
Boston College EDGE Zach Allen is a versatile piece, capable of playing on the inside or doubling to the outside and using his unique physique and strength to get to opponents’ quarterbacks.
That versatility would go a long way for Green Bay’s up-front defense.