With the NFL season set to kick off tomorrow night when the Pride of Northwestern leads the Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers, teams are starting to release their Week 1 depth charts. In somewhat surprising news, 2016 4th round pick Dean Lowry will start at defensive end over 2016 1st round pick Kenny Clark for the Green Bay Packers against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lowry was one of two Wildcats drafted this May in Chicago. The other, Dan Vitale, was selected in the 6th round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was recently waived. The Buffalo Bills claimed him, but promptly released him after he failed a physical.
It’s interesting that, at least according to the publicly released depth chart, Lowry is listed ahead of Clark, who was picked exactly 110 spots ahead of the former Northwestern stalwart. Also of note is that Lowry is one of two rookies listed as a starter for the Green Bay defense. The other: Blake Martinez, whose Stanford Cardinal lost 16-6 to Lowry’s Wildcats a year ago.
The Packers visit Jacksonville this Sunday for a 12:00 pm CST kick.