Analysis: The Packers break tradition and draft a true center in Ohio State’s Corey Linsley.  He has experience as a backup guard and tackle, but he started every  game at center  for the Buckeyes the past 2 seasons.

At 6’3″, 298,  Linsley will probably be asked to put on some weight by the Packers, but he is very strong, putting up 36 reps on the bench press at the combine. Linsley seems like the type of strong, versatile, football smart lineman that the Packers covet.

How does he fit with the Packers?

An interior linemen who may start out at the Greg Van Roten role, backing up all the interior positions, but hecould become a future starter. Linsley has Physical limitations and reminds me a bit of Scott Wells. A good player from a big time program that fits exactly what the Packers needed along the offensive line.

NFL comparison: Ryan Kalil – Like Kalil, Linsley is a bit undersized for an NFL linemen, but they are both weight room strong. It will probably take Linsley some time to adjust to the speed of the NFL, but when he does, he could become a starting caliber center. writers Ross Uglem and Ian Hanley  contributed to this article


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