8. T.J. Lang (Ray’s pick)
Green Bay Packers right guard T.J. Lang is probably more well known for his tweets following the 2012 “Fail Mary” game in Seattle than anything else … and that’s because he is simply one of the best in the game at his position.
Consider those who watch these interior NFL linemen and why they think that Lang is one of the best.
Very rarely do you hear his number called for infractions; he has had a relatively injury-free career and the 6-4, 305-pounder has been entrenched at the position for years.
He goes about his business with skill and technique and when paired with Josh Sitton, his counterpart on the left side of the Packers line, they are considered near the top of the NFL for what they do. Many, including profootballfocus.com, have ranked Lang just above Sitton in their league-wide ranking system. Both players are top 10 guards.
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Lang is one of four starters on the Packers’ O-line who are fourth or fifth round picks. Only Bryan Bulaga, the Packers’ right tackle is a first round selection.
The toll of playing inside along an NFL line has taken its toll recently for Lang. Though he has been relatively injury-free during his career, this offseason he is dealing with shoulder issues.
What’s interesting is that he is expected to be shelved through the spring training sessions and is not expected to be ready to play by the start of training camp.
Lang is a tough SOB, so don’t be surprised if he works his way back by mid training camp and is on the field as the starting right guard for the Packers this coming September.
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