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Packers draft center from Ohio State in fifth round

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on May 10, 2014 – 2:09 pm

140510-linsley-corey-300GREEN BAY–Ohio State’s Corey Linsley addresses what some would say is a dire need for a center. The Packers selected Linsley, 6-2, 296, with their first of two picks in the fifth round, the 161st pick overall.

Linsley started all 26 games at center the last two years, after having been a reserve guard and tackle. He was a first team All-Big 10 selection and team captain.

The Packers lost starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency. JC Tretter, a fourth-round pick last year, is a likely challenger to replace Dietrich-Smith.

“Solid, workmanlike, tough and intelligent, but not really big or overly athletic,” packers.com draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Linsley.

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21 Responses to “Packers draft center from Ohio State in fifth round”

  1. By tlvince on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    prototype GB lineman, not overly athletic or big.

  2. By David on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I will guess, he doesnt make the team

  3. By Raphael on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    scott wells was 6’0″, 300 lbs, short arms but a wrestler… He made the pro bowl twice and regarded as one of the best… I think this wan an excellent pick. You know we hit on several of these picks since the 2nd round… If 2 of these players become as good as we all hope, then we are in great shape!

  4. By Keone on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I really like our picks so far. I can’t wait for the season to start! GOPACKGO!

  5. By Jeff on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    He is solid I like the depth we are creating

  6. By Jeff on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    We just got ABBY!!!!!!!!!! I hope he makes the team wow we are deep at WR, Greg who? James who?

  7. By Natron on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    @ David,

    I will guess, you will be wrong.

  8. By tlvince on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Ted should stick to picking all WR’s, 7 of them every year, maybe he can talk Abbrederis into putting on 60 pounds and playing TE…

  9. By McDuff on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Ohhh Wow” Abedarus is in the House!!!! Go Pack!!!

  10. By mike D on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Is Jordan Zumwalt still available?

  11. By Rick on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Not many people liked David Bakhtiari after the draft last year either.
    I think he turned out pretty well, give this guy a chance!

  12. By Mike on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Great value pick here, Abby is a phenomenal return guy plus a slot receiver with outstanding hands. He has the speed and smarts to get open. Great pick up.

  13. By Jack on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I like this pick. Even if he is just a back up at first. I think he can become a solid starter in the future.

  14. By Dan A on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Nice size and all big ten player! He could develop into a very good center and we always need a good OL backup!

  15. By Daved on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    @David—you will be wrong.

  16. By Guy guy on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    You sir are a moron. You probably hated bakharti last year too and he is already a stud on the OL.

  17. By Eric on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    Great pick and probably the steal of all picks has a great chance to win the starting job. Best center in the conference where center play great play is a must. Good job TT. All picks were good the only one I question was the TE. The DLine guy from Southern Miss is explosive and was worth the early pick you watch.

  18. By DEG on May 11, 2014 | Reply

    Corey Linsley will be a fine center. Here’s what you all don’t know. Went to school with his mother, raised right with good head on shoulders out of Youngstown Ohio. He’s stoked to hike the ball to Aaron Rodgers. He’ll work hard and will make fans happy..

  19. By jehabelman on May 14, 2014 | Reply

    If I have my facts right, 6 Pro Bowl player drafted and on team. 32 players drafted and on team. The Packers draft and keep more of their players than other teams. Linsley stands a chance unless the Packers chose to add another late free agent center. Depth and quality are issues at center, but the young talent is there.

  20. By FloriidaPhil on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    Well here we go again. Another draft, and we arWdde all out here guessing as usual. Did we fill the holes we wanted to, did we get those players that really fit. I really like Abby, I am worried at safety, at tight end,and in the middle linebacker spots. Do we need Jolly back? We have some good guys, they have to be or they wouldnt be where they are. But do they fit us, let us hope so. I think we are ready to move on, start practice, and lets get rolling.

  21. By Joe on May 15, 2014 | Reply

    I go to Ohio State and watch all the games. Ohio State lineman are generally under rated. They get criticized because they are taught poor technique here, but that is obviously correctable. Corey is a strong. smart center that can dual as a center. He will make the lineup because of his versatility and after a couple years of learning better technique he could become the starter

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