2. Corey Linsley, C – 78 overall
Another player who has been underrated throughout his career is Packers starting center Corey Linsley. Linsley has consistently performed at a high level in the middle of the Packers’ offensive line since being drafted in 2014.
According to Pro Football Focus, Linsley has the 10th-best grade among centers since 2016.
Last season, ESPN Analytics ranked the top 10 tackles, guards, and centers using their pass block win rate metric. Can you guess who led all centers? That would be Linsley with a pass block win rate of 98 percent.
The Packers’ pass-protection has consistently been one of the best in the league for over half a decade. A lot of that was due to the play of starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, but it’s easy to forget the vital role Linsley has played in the middle of the offensive line. Linsley also rarely ever misses time, having started all 16 games in four of six seasons.
Yet since being named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team back in 2014, he’s not been voted to a single Pro Bowl, and that’s hard to believe.
Linsley had another strong season in 2019 and is a key part of Green Bay’s offense this year. It’s a surprise to see his “Madden 21” rating as low as 78 overall.