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  1. #1
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    6th Round Pick 214 2021 NFL Draft Cole Van Lanen G Wisconsin

    Overview
    College tackle with debilitating length and a lack of athleticism in pass protection that will force a move to guard. Van Lanen is more angular and upright than wide and balanced in his play. When he's allowed to come off the ball as a drive blocker, he shows some potential to generate push. And he already has the hand placement to help make a transition to guard a little easier. He's made for power schemes where he can pull, locate and land to help spring the running game. The short arms and narrow power zone will make both block sustains in the run game and mirroring in pass protection a difficult task in the pros, but he has enough working for him to compete for a backup guard spot.

    Strengths

    Built with sturdy, Midwestern mass.
    Hands are little charged up into first contact.
    Upper-body power to generate turn in kick-out blocks.
    Lower-body drive on "gotta have it" short-yardage blocks.
    Above-average understanding of hand placement.
    Quick eyes in adjusting blocks when appropriate.
    Turns corner and explodes into block on power blocks.
    Tackle experience will help in pass protection at guard.

    Weaknesses

    Plays with hip tightness and short arms.
    Pad level rises too tall in initial lateral movements.
    Could have issues reaching the nose in zone.
    Pass sets become too straight-legged.
    Needs to prove he can anchor inside without desired bend.
    Loses his base width when chasing blockers laterally.
    Punch is disjointed from his footwork.
    Average athletic ability to match sub-rushers.
    NFL.com

  2. #2
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    This one kind of bugs me. Why another Guard? Jenkins is the starter, Patrick on the other side, Runyan, Stepaniak, Newman was taken in the 4th (as bother a guard and tackle). I understand depth and the what not but, we have other spots to fill but we just keep doubling down on guards.

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    Jason Wilde
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    Wisconsin offensive lineman and Bay Port native Cole Van Lanen's iPhone showed a 920 number that said it was "Likely Spam." It turned out to be Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur calling to tell him he was going to play for his hometown team, the Green Bay #Packers.
    would have been kind of funny had he rejected the call and blocked the number as spam lol

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    I'm not sure he's strictly seen as a guard either. The Packers page list him as a T/G. It really goes to the pattern of versatile lineman. Between Newman, Stepaniak, Runyan, and Van Lanen one of them has to be a tackle. I'm thing Runyan for sure stay IOL, but the other three could be the future RT or depth at guard and tackle. They've been valuing versatility.

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