A $110 million quarterback needs to stay healthy. In order for that to happen, there has to be solid protection from the offensive line, with the left tackle playing the most important role in that. With the Green Bay Packers' new financial commitment to Aaron Rodgers, making him the highest-paid player in the history of the NFL, the team's success hinges on their quarterback's ability to stay on his feet. If Rodgers isn't given enough time in the pocket to launch the type of passes downfield that earned him that contract over the past five years as Green Bay's starter, that huge payday could become a burden on the Packers' future. Rodgers was hit far too often last season, being sacked 51 times, more than any quarterback in the league. General manager Ted Thompson didn't address the offensive line in this year's draft until the fourth round, selecting two players -- David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter -- who won't be expected to compete for starting jobs as rookies. There's a wild card in all of this, though. While the Packers drafted a defensive lineman with their top pick in 2013, Green Bay is essentially adding another new first-round pick to its roster for next season. Derek Sherrod, the offensive tackle whom the Packers drafted in the first round in 2011, will join the group in front of Rodgers and could potentially be the answer to Green Bay's protection problems.
Packers need Sherrod to live up to first-round potential
Fox Sports Wisconsin | Apr 30