Big changes are coming to the offensive line in Green Bay. Well, at least that’s what it looks like after Brian Gutekunst spent three 6th round picks on offensive linemen.
No. 162 Overall: Jon Runyan, OG, Michigan
Jon Runyan is the offensive lineman the Packers drafted with the greatest potential to become a dynamic player in the NFL. At Michigan, Runyan earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors in his junior and senior years while becoming known as one of the best O-Lineman in the conference. At 6’4” 306, Runyan is a bit undersized for a NFL guard but that’s nothing a pro style diet can’t fix. However, because of his size, Runyan projects to be more of a zone blocker than a power guy. Going into the 2020 season, there is no doubt Runyan will make the NFL roster and should start the season as the primary backup to Elgton Jenkins and Billy Turner. Runyan also has the athleticism to occasionally be a backup at either offensive tackle position. The Packers really got a steal in the 6th round with Runyan.
No. 208 Overall: Jake Hanson, C, Oregon
By drafting Jake Hanson, it looks like the Packers will be hesitant to re-sign Corey Linsley when he becomes a free agent next year. Hanson will be Green Bay’s backup center in 2020 and will be groomed to take over the starting position depending on what happens with Corey Linsley’s free agency. Jake Hanson was a staple in Oregon’s offense for the past 4 years. He is incredibly strong, had a great combine, and it seems like the Packers got another steal in the 6th round. At Oregon, Hanson was very reliable, only missing three starts in 4 years due to an injury and a targeting suspension. Throughout his first three seasons, Hanson did not allow a single sack and was named Second Team All-Pac 12 twice.
No. 209 Overall: Simon Stepaniak, OG, Indiana
When the Packers drafted Simon Stepaniak, it almost made it clear that the Packers will be moving on from one player. That one player is backup guard Lane Taylor, and if the Packers release him, they will be saving $4.1 million in cap space. Depending on if the Packers want Jon Runyan to be Jenkins’ backup or Turner’s backup, Simon Stepaniak could be the backup opposite Jon Runyan. Stepaniak has incredible strength, however, he is recovering from a pretty intense knee injury that if he doesn’t recover, it could be tough for him to slice out a roster spot. At Indiana, Stepaniak only allowed one sack his senior season and was able to earn Third Team All-Big Ten honors.