NFL Draft 2013: Could David Quessenberry Be a Packers Target?

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We look at one under-the-radar lineman whose draft stock is reportedly higher than many believed before this week.

The NFL Draft kicks off two weeks from tonight. Prospects are still jockeying for position and draft stock, but most teams probably have their draft boards pretty much solidified by now. One player who could surprise on draft day is San Jose State offensive lineman David Quessenberry.

Recently, SBNation reported that the 6'5" Quessenberry is among the Top 75 prospects on several NFL teams' rankings, which would place him firmly in the third round. If that is indeed the case, it is entirely possible that the Green Bay Packers may be one of those teams who values him highly and he may be a candidate for one of the Packers' draft selections on day two of the draft.

Some of Quessenberry's hallmarks are intangible: his intelligence, work ethic, and technique make him a candidate to play any position on the offensive line. He also comes from a military family and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He would probably need to add some weight to play tackle in the NFL, but it is likely that he could play there in a pinch while contributing immediately on the interior of the line. Though he played primarily at tackle in college and took substantial snaps at guard in the Senior Bowl, Quessenberry did take a few snaps at center, which would likely be a place that he could make an impact early on.

Quessenberry is a fairly athletic lineman as well. He ran his 40-yard dash in 5.08 seconds, which is a more than solid number for a 300-pound lineman, and his 4.45-second time put him 0.01 second behind the fastest offensive lineman in the 20-yard shuttle. That athleticism could translate well into a zone-blocking scheme like the Packers', and the ability to play multiple positions is something that Green Bay has clearly valued in its linemen in recent years. Think about Evan Dietrich-Smith, who can play center or either guard position; Don Barclay stepped in at right tackle after being initially projected as a guard; even Derek Sherrod was looked at as a possible left guard before T.J. Lang really nailed that position down.

All in all, I would not be surprised (or disappointed) if the Packers wait to take an offensive lineman until the third round and end up grabbing Quessenberry with the 88th pick.

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