Packers: 3 Brian Gutekunst draft picks in danger of being cut in 2022

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OL Cole Van Lanen

Cole Van Lanen can play tackle and guard. That versatility will be important as he aims to make the Packers’ 53-man roster.

However, there is a lot of competition for places.

After losing Lucas Patrick and Billy Turner this offseason, Green Bay drafted three offensive linemen: Sean Rhyan in the third round, Zach Tom in the fourth, and Rasheed Walker in the seventh.

When fully healthy, the Packers have David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Yosh Nijman, Rhyan, Tom, and Walker all capable of playing tackle.

Jon Runyan, Royce Newman, Jenkins, Rhyan, and Tom can all start at guard.

According to Pro Football Reference, Van Lanen was only active for one game last season, in which he played one snap.

Entering year two, Van Lanen will need to show improvements to his game as well as positional versatility to compete with the other offensive linemen on the roster.

If Jenkins isn’t cleared to return from injury by September and begins the regular season on the PUP list, one extra spot could be opened. Even then, it still seems a long shot that Van Lanen will be part of the 53-man roster.

A strong performance this summer throughout training camp could quickly change things, but Van Lanen is on the roster bubble.