In the last two seasons, the Green Bay Packers have lost both All-Pro C Corey Lindsey and versatile C/G Lucas Patrick in free agency.
Starting rookie C Josh Myers suffered a knee injury last year and only played in six games. Also, Pro Bowl OL Elgton Jenkins, who can play all five positions, suffered a torn ACL and won’t be ready until at least mid-season.
So, the middle of the offensive line is in flux at the moment. But the Packers did add multiple offensive linemen in April’s NFL Draft, including versatile Zach Tom out of Wake Forest.
But who else at the center position is going to push for one of those center spots on the final 53-man roster? Let’s find out.
Packers 53-man roster predictions: Centers
Josh Myers: Myers hurt his knee in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears and couldn’t make it back until the postseason. But the 6-5, 310-pound starter will be fully healthy going into the 2022 season. He is the starting center. There is no competition there.
Elgton Jenkins: Jenkins is more of a guard but has demonstrated the ability to play anywhere on the line at an extremely high level. The 2020 Pro Bowler will be out most likely until mid-season while he recovers from a torn ACL. Once back, he can play center if there are issues with the health of Myers.
Zach Tom: The Wake Forest alum started all 13 games in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore at center. He played the most snaps of any Demon Deacon in 2021 (1,205 snaps). He is extremely versatile and will be a very talented piece of this offensive line moving into the future.
Jake Hanson: Hanson was active for five games last season for the Packers. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He was predominantly a practice squad center in 2020, but he fought his way onto the active roster in 2021. Hanson is more of a reserve at this point but has more NFL experience at center than any of the predominant centers on Green Bay’s roster.