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Cheese Curds, 5/13: Where is Jon Runyan’s best fit on the Packers’ offensive line?

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Whether it’s at center, guard, or even tackle, Runyan has plenty of believers.

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When the Green Bay Packers take the field in 2021, their offensive line could look very different than it did to end 2019. As many as three starting positions could change hands between then and now, with Bryan Bulaga already departed, Corey Linsley’s contract up after 2020, and Billy Turner’s play a question mark.

One potential answer is Jon Runyan, Jr., the Packers’ first of three sixth-round offensive line draft picks. Runyan played left tackle at Michigan, but with that position locked up (and David Bakhtiari looking likely to get a third contract from the Packers), that spot appears to be solid.

Besides, Runyan’s best fit is inside. Or so the team and draft analysts say, at least for now. But although the Packers list Runyan as a guard for the time being. a player comparison brings to mind a possible shift even further inside, possibly to center. At Player Profiler, Runyan’s top NFL comparison is former Packers draft pick JC Tretter, a college tackle who ended up playing center in the NFL. Tretter missed his rookie year with an injury then half of his second season as well, but has been a stalwart in the middle of the Browns’ offensive line for the past three years after leaving Green Bay in free agency.

It’s not crazy to think that Runyan could slide all the way inside like Tretter did. It’s also not crazy to think that he might be able to hold up on the end of the line at right tackle, too. Only time will tell, but Runyan has plenty of people who believe in him and think that he will be a long-time NFL starter somewhere.

Packers expecting to start versatile rookie Jon Runyan at guard | Packers Wire
Runyan will start on the inside, as the Packers officially listed him as a guard. Expect him to get some work at every position on the line, however, as the ability to play all over in year one can only help him earn a roster spot.

Coach Has ‘No Doubt Whatsoever’ Runyan Will Have Long NFL Career | SI.com
Meanwhile, the same position coach who worked with Corey Linsley in college -- Ed Warriner -- was Runyan's offensive line coach at Michigan. Perhaps given Runyan's player comparison, a transition to center could be in the cards when Linsley's contract is up in 2021.

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