Analysis: After using their first of 3 sixth round picks on an offensive linemen, the Green Bay Packers continued to bolster their offensive line by adding depth and selecting Center, Jake Hanson from the University of Oregon with the 208th pick.
Jake Hanson was considered to be the number 10 best center in the draft. Hanson is 6 foot 4 inches and 303 pounds. He started at 49 games at center over his four year career for the University of Oregon. His junior and senior seasons he earned second-team All-Pac 12 Conference honors from the media. He started all 12 games at center in 2019. In those 12 games, he played in 746 offensive snaps and committed just one penalty. During his first three seasons with Ducks, Hanson did not allow a sack.
Hanson was a four-year at center for the Ducks. Oregon’s offensive line was extremely talented. Throughout his collegiate career, Hanson displayed very good skills as a zone blocker. His coaches and teammates praised him for is ability to recognize the reads and make adjustments pre-snap. Offensive line depth is the name of the game, and protecting QB1 is the number 1 priority, so providing added quality depth is what Gutekunst was looking to do here.
Team fit: The Packers were definitely looking to add depth and get younger on the offensive line as evident by their sixth round picks. Corey Linsley will remain the starter in 2020, but his contract is up at the end of the season. Hanson could compete for the starting center job if Green Bay does not bring Linsley back but he would also be competing with fellow sixth round draft selection, Jon Runyan.
He projects as an NFL back-up, so this is definitely a depth pick. In college he put together a quality resume with his technique and he brought some toughness to the Oregon offensive line. Throughout college is played center, to make it in Green Bay, he is going to have to be versatile and be able to play the other line positions.
In 2020, he should develop behind the veteran center Corey Linsley, build the strength that is needed to be able to push big NFL defensive lineman around. A year in the weight room, studying the playbook and learning the line positions to be versatile will set Hanson up to compete to replace Linsley if that ends up being the case. He should fit in nicely in Matt Lafleur’s zone scheme.
NFL Player Comp: Justin Britt, offensive lineman, Seattle Seahawks
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