NFL Draft 2012: Strong Year For Interior Offensive Linemen, Mike Mayock Says - Arrowhead Pride. One area the Green Bay Packers might target in the upcoming draft is an interior offensive lineman. They don't have a lot of depth beyond their starters, and one of those starters, C Scott Wells, is about to be an unrestricted free agent. Also, LG T.J. Lang will be a free agent after next season, and depending on well he plays in 2012, he could price himself out of Green Bay in the same way LG Daryn Colledge did last year.
And as Mike Mayock says, it's a good year for interior lineman. At the center position, Wisconsin's Peter Konz and Georgia's Ben Jones stand out, but there is a drop off after them. At the guard position, there are seven players listed in the Top 80 according to NFL Draft Scout.
One player I noticed was Division II OG Amini Silatolu. His size and background as a somewhat unknown college player reminded me of what I read about Josh Sitton back in 2008. Like Sitton, he'll be switching from college tackle to NFL guard, and he appears to play with a nasty streak.
While it seems unlikely that the Packers will use their third consecutive first round selection on another offensive lineman, GM Ted Thompson has drafted at least one offensive lineman in the every draft he's ran. And he's taken an offensive lineman in the fourth round or earlier in every draft since 2006.