Recent Packers training camps have focused a spotlight on one competition for a starting spot on the offensive line.
In 2009, it was at center. The past two years, it was at left guard. In 2012, … well, there doesn’t appear to be one, but don’t mistake that for a lack of competition overall throughout the position group.
Just because the starting five seems fully known at this point – with veteran newcomer
The Packers discovered the need for quality backups, as Newhouse filled in first for Bulaga at right tackle and then for Chad Clifton at left tackle due to injuries.
Rounding out the depth chart with starting-caliber quality will be a major priority for the Packers on the offensive line, and there are a slew of intriguing prospects.
At the top of the list is 2011 first-round draft pick
Sherrod is coming back from a surgically repaired broken leg sustained in Week 15 last season in Kansas City, and he sat out all of the OTAs and minicamp as he rehabbed. That makes two straight offseason programs missed by Sherrod, following the lockout in 2011, while Newhouse started 13 games last season and was the No. 1 left tackle all spring.
Others to keep an eye on for depth at tackle include journeyman
Brooks missed OTAs and minicamp due to injury, while Draheim is converting from left tackle to center, his high school position.
The versatile Dietrich-Smith is currently the top backup at both guard spots as well as probably center, where the Packers are looking for a long-term prospect to take over at some point for Saturday.
In addition to Draheim,