The Green Bay Packers added a center with their first pick in the fifth round Saturday, taking Ohio State center Corey Linsley with the 161st overall selection.
He was a two-year starter with the Buckeyes who backed up at guard and tackle his first two seasons. At 6-foot-2½ and 296 pounds, his size is adequate at best, but he was efficient at Ohio State without displaying great athleticism.
However, according to draftinsider.net, Linsley can raise his pads and get too high on blocks, causing him to struggle to finish, and the report was also critical of his footwork.
CBSSports.com, on the other hand, was complimentary of Linsley’s technique, saying he keeps his backside low to play with leverage.
He benches more than 500 pounds and started 26 games over the last two seasons. He was a high school shot-putter and also played basketball.
The bottom line is that Linsley has short arms and can get beaten laterally. He might be able to become a starter, but would fit best in a man-blocking scheme.
The Packers currently have JC Tretter—who was on injured reserve for his entire first year in 2013—at the top of the depth chart at center after Evan Dietrich-Smith signed as a free agent with Tampa Bay, but it remains to be seen is Linsley will have the polish to challenge for the job.