Starters (C+): Seven-year vet Mike Daniels is the only quality end on the roster, but considering how rarely the Packers line up in their base defense (136 times in 1,239 snaps), that’s probably enough. The former Iowa star was a bit inconsistent last year, especially versus the run. He’s capable of better in 2017. Dean Lowry (6’6, 300) looks like a prototypical 3-4 end, and after a very sluggish training camp, the fourth-round pick from Northwestern showed some life late in the season. He probably lacks the overall skill set to be anything more than a nice rotational player at this level, but that would be just fine considering his modest pedigree.
Depth (C-): Veteran nose tackles Ricky Jean Francois and Letroy Guion are versatile enough to fill in at end. Ditto former undrafted free agent Brian Price, who spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad. Squatty Christian Ringo is built a lot like Daniels, but unfortunately, that’s where the comparison ends.
Player to watch: He comes from a small school, but the NFL isn’t too big for Price. The former Texas-San Antonio star held his own last summer and didn’t embarrass himself in a brief cameo during the regular season. The versatile 22-year-old has the strength to play nose tackle and enough movement skills to function at end. He’s very hard to move at either position when his pad level is clean.
*Level of need: A team can never have too many defensive ends, but unlike running back, guard, linebacker and cornerback, this is hardly an area of major concern heading into the upcoming draft. The Packers have six D-linemen on the current roster, and all of them are capable of playing end if needed – albeit some a lot better than others.