The Green Bay Packers have a history of loading offensive liners on day three of the NFL draft, and now we know one of the main reasons Wake Forest against Zach Tom appealed to them over the course of four years. now.
Packers offensive team coach Luke Butkus spoke about Tom during his press conference with reporters during the OTAs in May and explained the team was largely attracted to him because of his performances. against Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson in the 2021 season.
Tom was pitted against Johnson – whom the New York Jets picked for 26th overall in the 2022 NFL draft – last September in the third game of the Wake Forest season and outright declined the selection. in the first round in the future, allowing no pressure on the left ball. His standout performance not only eventually forced Seminoles to let Johnson rush in for the right handling, but also checked every box for the Packers scouts.
“One of the key things when we watched Zach was the game against Florida State, and stopped the defense they had, who were overrated and did a great job,” Butkus said on May 19. “How did he do it? You know, he’s very competitive. He is intelligent. And he’s athletic, he can move, he can bend. So all three of those things we look for in our offensive defenders. That’s how he did it. You have to have guts, you have to have pads and be able to hit well. That’s all part of it.”
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Can Tom dispute to be employed?
Thanks to a tenacious build-by-draft strategy, the Packers have a roster full of attacking talent ready for the 2022 season. The only trouble is that the team currently has both top starting players. – All-Pro left-hander David Bakhtiari, All-Pro’s Elgton Jenkins – are recovering from an ACL injury and not sure if they’ll be ready to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1.
If either of you don’t have one, there might be a chance for rookie Tom.
Tom played 1,055 left tackles in his final season at Wake Forest and finished with the highest pass blocking rating in FBS last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He also plays backhand (674 catches) in 2020 after spending his entire 2019 season as the starting center of the Demon Deacons (1,030 shots). Safe to say, he has a great deal of utility for the Packers’ mix-and-match style.
The Scouts have argued that Tom might have been better off getting back inside at the NFL level, but the Packers admit his play at tackle was what drew them to him. other suggestions. After all, the Packers need a new fit after moving from Billy Turner this season and have only two rookies – Yosh Nijman and Cole Van Lanen – to contend with in 2022 if Jenkins isn’t available.
No matter who’s fit to go camping, keep an eye on Tom and where he lines up during camp practice. He can become a legitimate challenger at some point.
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