2014 NFL Draft: The Book on Corey Linsley

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Corey Linsley

Corey Linsley

The Green Bay Packers took Ohio State center Corey Linsley with their first fifth-round pick, No. 161 overall.

So will this guy be starting at center in 2013? Well, we’ll get to that.

Linsley is 6-3, 296 and was a first-team All Big Ten selection in 2013. And wouldn’t you know it? He’s played multiple positions, which is a prerequisite for any and every offensive lineman the Packers add.

Linsley moved to center full time prior to his junior season. Before that, he played multiple positions as a reserve. We’re going to assume the Packers will try him at center and keep him there barring injuries.

So, let’s get down to how this guy might fit in. Last year’s starting center, Evan Dietrich-Smith, is gone to Tampa. Linsley is now the only true center on the roster. That doesn’t guarantee him a starting spot though. The Packers drafted tackle/guard J.C. Tretter in the fourth round last year thinking he’d be the team’s center of the future. Of course, he broke himself the very second he stepped on the field, so no one really knows what Tretter can provide.

It looks like Linsley and Tretter will battle it out in training camp.

At this point, our money is on Tretter simply because Ted Thompson can’t choose a guy that can contribute in the fifth round to save his life. Seriously, of Ted’s 14 fifth-round picks, only three are still on the roster and two of those guys were picked last year.

Anyway, here’s what NFL.com has to say about Linsley (who we will surely start calling Lindsey if he sucks).

Strong-bodied, heavy-handed, short-area mauler who anchored one of the nation’s most physical, productive rushing attacks. Has athletic limitations, but compensates with strength, smarts and competitiveness. Has the makeup to overachieve, and could increase his value by proving versatile enough to back up at guard.

Highlights? Sorry, we don’t do offensive linemen highlights.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

4 Comments on "2014 NFL Draft: The Book on Corey Linsley"

  1. The Big Cheese

    Let me see – has athletic limitations, plays a short area, overachieved – sounds like a reach. TT has another likely 5th round bust. Why did he let EDS walk?

  2. rebelgb

    No Big Cheese that is what they say about ANY white guy drafted who isnt a QB. Black guys are never labeled with the “athletic limitations” label. I wouldnt look to far into that.

  3. the real russ letlow

    TT is starting a new 5th round trend, starting last year with Micah Hyde, and hopefully continuing with this dude – picking good football players..

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