Packers sign rookie center Corey Linsley

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The Packers have signed a draft pick who plays a position at which the club will have a new starter this season.

Center Corey Linsley, a fifth-round selection from Ohio State, has signed with Green Bay, the club said Thursday.

Linsley (6-3, 301) was a two-season starter at center for the Buckeyes. He’ll compete with 2013 fourth-round pick J.C. Tretter to replace Evan Dietrich-Smith in the middle of the Green Bay line. Dietrich-Smith, the Packers’ starting center a season ago, joined the Buccaneers in March.

The Packers have 3-of-9 draft picks signed, with wide receivers Jared Abbrederis (fifth-round selection) and Jeff Janis (seventh-round selection) also reaching agreements. Linsley, Abbrederis and Janis all received four-year contracts, the standard-length deal for all rookies selected in Rounds Two through Seven.

11 responses to “Packers sign rookie center Corey Linsley

  1. Are you kidding me? Terrific! This kid has All-Pro written all over him. The more I read about him the more I like. A Center that has played nothing but Center….and likes it. Not only likes it, thrives in it. Great pick by Ted (I hope.)

  2. 1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  3. Nice to see Ted invest some more on the offensive line. Still need work at the tackles but Sitton and Lang are solid at Guard. Center is a very underrated position, the LT is the most important because of protecting the QB’s blindside, but Center is a very close 2nd behind that in importance regardin the O-Line. If Bulaga can actually stay healthy for once and now that Newhouse is no longer even on the roster, this could be a solid unit this year.

  4. Another smart, late-round pick for the Packers. Ted Thompson continues to find gems with third day picks. Unlike the Vikings front office, which seems to pack it in after day two. The only recent player of any consequence the Vikings drafted after round two is a kicker.

  5. It’s definitely good to see the level of competition go up at C. After Scott Wells, there was a modest gap in commitment to the position. Saturday was just a stopgap, and EDS was OK/pretty good (better at run than pass) but not truly worthy of a long term starter’s contract.

    Whether it’s Linsley or Tretter, having a solid consistent presence there will help a lot. I’m guessing Linsley will win the job and Tretter will be the top backup at LG and C, with Barclay the top backup at RG and RT.

    OL: 8 or 9 total


    plus (1) OT from among Sherrod and the other developmental tackles, and maybe (1) from among Taylor and the other young guards.

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