Now that Corey Linsley plays for the Los Angeles Chargers, the Green Bay Packers need to consider all options for replacing their All-Pro center.
Many possible solutions to this problem include moving a guard like Elgton Jenkins or Lucas Patrick to center, and then promoting a player such as second-year Jon Runyan Jr. to start at guard.
That could be the way the Packers go, but another option would be to draft Linsley’s replacement.
Alabama’s Landon Dickerson comes to mind.
Whether he plays center or guard, Dickerson could be a starting lineman for the Packers.
In 2020, Dickerson was named a first-team All-SEC while also being awarded the Rimington Trophy.
According to Pro Football Focus, Dickerson was the highest-graded run-blocker in the SEC last season.
If you’re looking for a pro-ready center who can step right into the Packers’ offensive line and dominate, look no further than Dickerson.
The only concerns aren’t due to his talent, but rather his injury history. Dickerson has been hit with injuries in recent years, including suffering a torn ACL last December. Due to this, it’s possible Dickerson will fall down draft boards somewhat, potentially making him a steal for the team that drafts him.
If Dickerson can stay healthy, he has the potential to become one of the best interior offensive linemen in the league. And considering the Packers just lost the NFL’s best center in free agency, Dickerson could be a good replacement.
Due to his injury history, there of course would be some risk to drafting him in the first round. But sometimes it’s worth the gamble when a player is so talented.
If the Packers believe he can stay healthy and is recovering well from his ACL injury, why not? With Linsley gone, Dickerson can step right in and ensure the offensive line remains one of the strongest in the league.