A little more than a week after the draft, the Green Bay Packers are almost finished signing their 2016 class.
The Packers announced Monday they signed second-round offensive tackle Jason Spriggs. He joins fourth-round inside linebacker Blake Martinez, fourth-round defensive end Dean Lowry, fifth-round receiver Trevor Davis and sixth-round offensive tackle Kyle Murphy as players who have already signed their rookie contract.
That leaves first-round nose tackle Kenny Clark and third-round outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell as the only players unsigned. Their deals should be completed soon.
The Packers also announced they signed TE Casey Pierce and rookie free agents DT Demetris Anderson, RB Brandon Burks, FB Alstevis Squirewell and G Cory Tucker. They also signed rookie hybrid safety Marwin Evans to a free-agent deal, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Spriggs could be the Packers future franchise left tackle. While he needs to further develop, he was one of the most physically gifted tackles in the draft at 6-foot-5 5/8 and 301 pounds. He also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.94 seconds, showing explosive athleticism for his size.
The Packers return their entire starting offensive line in 2016, including left tackle David Bakhtiari and right tackle Bryan Bulaga. So Spriggs enters a situation where he shouldn't have to play starter snaps as a rookie. However, he gives the Packers a solid third tackle, addressing a major need for depth on their offensive line.