The Green Bay Packers made a selection on day three of the 2022 NFL Draft that could end up paying major dividends this season. pointed out linebacker Kingsley Enagbare this week as a player who could potentially start for the Packers at some point in 2022.


It was only last season, when Za’Darius Smith missed all but one game because of a back injury, that the Packers saw how important having a third reliable all-around edge rusher could be. Smith’s exit this offseason leaves Rashan Gary and Preston Smith as the presumed starters, but Enagbare’s strength against the run, as well as his ability to bring pressure when fresh, should earn him significant playing time in 2022 no matter what — and he’ll be first in line to start in the event of a Gary or Preston Smith injury.

Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare (DL29) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Enagbare is an Atlanta, GA native who was drafted by the Packers with the No. 179 overall pick (round five) in the draft last month.

The former South Carolina standout had 15 sacks and 24 tackles for loss during his collegiate career. Enagbare was named a first-team All-SEC member as a junior in 2020.

Enagbare has good size and burst. He won’t be needed much early in the season, thanks to the presence of Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. But if those two struggle — or suffer injuries — we could quickly see Enagbare get a major opportunity in Green Bay.

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