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The Green Bay Packers went with an offensive lineman from the west coast in the third round. Here is insight from the man who loved him more than anyone, Locked on Packers’ Peter Bukowski

The Green Bay Packers zagged when everyone else thought they were going to zig. Just about every mock draft simulation had them penciled in to take one of the big wide receivers in Thursday’s first round.

Instead, they opted for more help in their front seven.

In the second round, they grabbed Christian Watson from North Dakota State.

The third round sees them trying to break a curse that has lasted for what feels like 15 years.

This year’s version? UCLA offensive lineman, Sean Rhyan.

To get a little more insight on him, I asked a few questions to Peter Bukowski, the host of Locked on Packers.

You can check out the rest of this series throughout the course of the offseason over at Game On Wisconsin. 

Sean Rhyan

 

1.) You had Rhyan as a borderline top-50 player – what led you to that evaluation?

PB: Combination of power, balance, movement skills, and raw athleticism. The testing numbers don’t QUITE show up on tape in terms of the explosiveness, but Rhyan moves well and is always under control. He never panics. And he’s assignment sound. Plus, I think there’s room to grow with his upper body strength, pairing it with his powerful lower half.

 

2.) What is Rhyan’s best position in the NFL going to be? Should they let him at least try and play tackle?

PB: This is something I spelled out specifically when I was studying him. I think his BEST position is guard, but I would cross-train him at worst and let him sink at tackle first before converting him. The lack of length and elite lateral quickness shows up on tape. He’s a potential high-level guard, but if a team needed a tackle (and the Packers don’t) I would get it for them.

 

3.) This is the end of any thought that Elgton Jenkins is going to be a G long term, right?

 

PB: The combination of Rhyan and Zach Tom, each announced as guards on draft day, emphasizes what I’ve been saying all offseason. The best place for Elgton Jenkins to maximize his value to the Packers and his wallet is at right tackle.

 

4.) What OL is most “on notice” with Rhyan’s selection.

 

PB: Royce Newman, but only because he’s worse than Jon Runyan Jr. If the Packers ended up rolling with the pair of rookie offensive linemen from this class as their starters, it wouldn’t be all that surprising to me. They’re both more talented than the guys ahead of them right now on the theoretical depth chart.

 

5.) If you had to guess right now, on the first weekend in September, where is Rhyan lining up?

 

PB: Backing up JRJ, but could be an Elgton Jenkins situation where they’re rotating in camp and by Week ~3 Rhyan is starting. Tom and Rhyan are two of the most talented 5 OL on the roster.

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