Offensive Guards (6)
With a hole still remaining at right guard following the departure of TJ Lang in 2017, the Packers hope to have a few guys who can be long term starters. They are set on the left side with Lane Taylor being as steady as it gets. Again, like tackle, the amount of depth at guard is astounding.
Taylor alleviated all fan concerns the past two years with steady play and the attitude that rivals TJ Lang.
- Big and nasty, no lineman finishes blocks like Taylor.
- Good feet in pass protection, uses wide frame to divert pass rushers inside.
- Dynamic run blocker who opens up wide running lanes.
- Can get grabby in pass protections if he’s engaged before his feet get set.
- Slower than his linemates, Taylor struggles to keep up on some zone runs.
- Pushes the limit as far as it goes when it comes to playing to the whistle.
Scale (If 1 is the player has absolutely no chance of making the final 53-man roster and 10 is the player is a surefire lock, where does this player rank?)-10
As the most experienced guard on the roster, Taylor is locked into that left guard spot.
The most pleasant of surprises of last year, McCray only got better as the season went on and has to be the frontrunner for the right guard spot.
- Versatile player who plays both guard spots and right tackle.
- Much more agile than his size.
- Another player who plays with plenty of edge, finishing his blocks with a flourish.
- One year wonder?
- Doesn’t always get consistent hand placement in pass protection.
- Has spurts of play where he can’t get out of his own way. Penalty-prone.
Even if he can’t seize the starter’s job, he will for sure be the top backup to at least three different positions (LG, RG, RT)
The only draft pick on the offensive line this year, Madison was a top-tier tackle at Washington State. He’ll move inside for the Packers to attempt to take the starting job.
- Best Pass Protector in College Football in 2017
- Can hold his blocks for extended times
- Even-keeled, but plays to the whistle.
- Played in Mike Leach‘s “Air Raid” offense, limited run blocking experience.
- Four year tackle, hasn’t played guard at any high level.
- Technique-driven, but overly athletic.
Madison would have to lay an absolute egg to not make the team. He can eventually start at right guard while backing up at every position on the line except center.
Starting two games last year at guard, Patrick has become a valuable piece of the interior who is in a good position to really assert himself in Year 3.
- Extremely smart on the line who excels at reading stunts.
- Plays like his head is on fire, constantly seeking out someone to hit.
- Experience at center and at guard.
- Lack of length limits his ceiling as a starter.
- Jack of all trades, master of none.
- Feet can get bogged down in space.
Patrick is probably the front-runner for the backup center spot who can also play guard. His versatility over all three interior spots give him a leg up.
A sixth-round pick in 2017, Amichia spent all last year on the Practice Squad. He’s looking for a way on the roster this year.
- The most naturally athletic guard on the roster.
- Good in space, has potential to be a natural zone blocker
- High character.
- College tackle who lacks experience on the interior.
- Athleticism hasn’t translated to the tape.
- Mountain of a man who doesn’t play as strong as he tests.
Amichia will compete with Patrick and the backup centers for a spot in the rotation, but his lack of refinement and the depth in front him likely leads to another year on the Practice Squad.
Another undrafted prospect from last year, Pankey saw time in a single game last year. He has since fallen down the depth chart.
- Extremely physical in the run game.
- Versatile, played both right tackle and guard last year.
- Hard worker, coaches seem to like him.
- Physical, but stiff in his lower body.
- Doesn’t have range to be more than a rotational guy.
- No single standout trait.
Pankey was called up from the Practice Squad out of necessity last year but didn’t impress. He’s now way behind the eight ball to make the team this year.
*Written by Mike Wendlandt