Positive takeaway from Packers OTAs: Lukas Van Ness makes fast start
First-round pick Lukas Van Ness is athletic, powerful, and fast. He already showcased his skills on the practice field this week.
Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated named Van Ness the 'Player of the Day' following Tuesday's practice, which was open to the media.
According to Huber: "At one point, Van Ness drove the left tackle into the lap of the quarterback. At another point, he wasn't fooled at all on a bootleg and was right in Danny Etling's face. On a running play, the 6-foot-5 Van Ness ducked underneath the blocker and blew up a handoff."
Huber did add that Van Ness was going against backup offensive linemen, so, again, it's important not to get carried away from one week of practice. However, it's still a notable takeaway that Van Ness performed so well.
Van Ness may need some time to reach his potential, just as Rashan Gary did after the Packers drafted him in the first round. But, also like Gary, Van Ness has what you can't teach: Size, power, and athleticism.
He can contribute early on for the Packers. A year or two from now, he can become a Pro Bowler. Van Ness is off to a good start, and he will be one of the top players to watch all summer.