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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers looking to add athleticism to offensive line

Speed and athleticism are almost as important as strength in a zone blocking scheme

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When your franchise quarterback is the top paid player in the NFL, protecting that investment is a top priority.

That precisely what the Green Bay Packers will be looking to do in the offseason, in particular during the NFL Draft.

The Packers have a need at guard as well as right tackle since Bryan Bulaga’s body seems to be failing him at times. He’s still one of the best tackles in the league when he’s healthy but the team just can’t count on him be available for all 16 games.

As the NFL Scouting Combine continues, Green By will be looking at prospects to fill the holes on the line charges with keeping quarterback Aaron Rodgers upright.

What kind of offensive linemen will general manager Brian Gutekunst be looking for? Well, they’ll have to be more than just an aggressive blocker that moves their opponent.

With new head coach Matt LaFleur emphasizing a zone blocking scheme, athleticism and speed will be at the forefront of what they’ll need to make his offense go especially in the running game.

In other words, the line will need to move as one and the running back will have to follow the line and move around them or make a sudden direction shift and cause the whole defensive line to miss at the first level

It’s a great scheme in concept, but does Green Bay have the tools to make it go right now? It’s doubtful, especially at the two weakest spots on the line. It’s during the combine and the draft that Gutekunst will look to fill holes on the offensive line for years to come.

You can read more on what the Packers want in an offensive lineman plus a former villain to Packers fans finds a new job in today’s cheese curds.

Packers looking for offensive linemen who can do more than just move mountains—

It’s going to take more than brute strength to make LaFleur’s offense work, so the Packers will have to adjust a bit on what they normally look for in an offensive line prospect.

Huge opportunity awaits Packers in 2019 draft—

Having two picks in the first 30 is a rare opportunity and Gutekunst can instantly improve the Packers with the options that could be available especially if there’s a run on quarterbacks early.

Packers would need ‘significant offer’ to move down from 12th pick—Packers Wire

While you never say never, it’s difficult to imagine Green Bay trading down from their original draft position for a second year in a row.

Ron Zook joins Salt Lake Stallions coaching staff—24/7 Sports

I hate to say this, but Salt Lake is the AAF affiliate of….the Green Bay Packers.

Cadbury, Oreo manufacturer seeks paid ‘Chocolate Taster’—UPI

Sign us up, please. It’s a long offseason.