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2015 NFL DRAFT

Corey Linsley, C

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Youngstown , OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 296 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
22766-7
Player News
05/12/2014 - JC Tretter was thought to have the inside track for the job, but offensive line coach James Campen indicated Saturday that the team's fourth starting center in as many years is to be determined the next few months. "Well, it's going to be interesting," said Campen, after Green Bay selected Ohio State center Corey Linsley in the fifth round (No. 161 overall). Linsley, along with Tretter and Garth Gerhart, will vie for the opening on the offensive line created when 2013 starter Evan Dietrich-Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

Tretter, a second-year player taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, didn't play as a rookie after he sustained a broken leg in last spring's organized team activities. Gerhart, a first-year player, spent most of last season on Green Bay's practice squad. "It's going to be very competitive," Campen said of the battle to replace Dietrich-Smith. "They all know that in the (position) room. ... Corey, he's excited for the opportunity as well. "Those things will be something that'll be a weekly thing, I'm sure, going forward. I have great confidence in all three of those young men." Campen noted an early connection between Aaron Rodgers and Tretter the first few weeks of the team's offseason program. "You look at the short time that Aaron and JC have been together now, and they're flowing very well," Campen said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 5/161 - Corey Linsley, C, 6-3, 301, Ohio State...A two-year starter for the Buckeyes, Linsley will be given a shot to win the starting job with the Packers after they lost Evan Dietrich-Smith to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. Linsley helped Ohio State rank fifth in the country with nearly 310 rushing yards per game last season. "He's very physical. He goes after people," Green Bay offensive line coach James Campen said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Linsley said the Packers were his favorite team growing up in Youngstown, Ohio. How did that happen? "Actually, I was (former Green Bay quarterback) Brett Favre for Halloween when I was 6 or something," Linsley said. "I have a little cheesehead, too, and I always liked them since then. I don't know why, but I stuck with it. Now, it's just like a childhood dream come true. It's amazing." A short time later, the Packers fulfilled a longtime desire of another player with Big Ten Conference ties. They selected Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis with their compensatory pick (No. 176 overall) near the end of the fifth round.

Abbrederis spent the final day of the draft with family in his hometown of Wautoma, Wis., about 90 miles from Green Bay. "It's crazy right now," Abbrederis said after he received the fateful call from the Packers. "Just being a walk-on at Wisconsin and then being able to have my dream to play in the NFL and now (with) the Packers, which was my team growing up, that's who I rooted for, I'm excited. I can't really explain it. Just a lot of emotions and just excited to be a part of the organization." Abbrederis, who starred at Wisconsin in a dual role at wideout and as a kick returner, is the first Badgers player taken by the Packers in the draft since offensive guard Bill Ferrario in the fourth round in 2001. - The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the New Orleans' draft radar: C Corey Linsley, Ohio State: The Saints lost Brian De La Puente in free agency, leaving a noticeable void at the center position. New Orleans has done a nice job finding value at the position in the later rounds and they might try that tactic in this draft class. And if they do, Linsley would make a lot of sense in the mid-rounds. The Ohio State product was one of the most improved players on film in 2013 and turned himself from a project into a legitimate NFL prospect. Linsley is tough, aware and smart with a strong understanding of his responsibilities and what the defense wants to do. Although he lacks ideal explosion, he has the core strength and attitude needed to be a reliable option at center in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Corey Linsley, Ohio State, Center...Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell anchor a Buckeye offensive line that has helped Ohio State average a Big Ten-best 48.2 points per contest and 530.5 yards per game. The trio has guided the Ohio State rushing attack to rank first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA with 321.3 yards per game. In the last five contests, the Buckeyes have upped those numbers to 379.6 rushing yards per game for an average of 8.6 yards per carry. - Ohio State football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Corey Linsley, Ohio State, Center...Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell anchor a Buckeye offensive line that has helped Ohio State average a Big Ten-best 48.2 points per contest and 530.5 yards per game. The trio has guided the Ohio State rushing attack to rank first in the Big Ten and second in the NCAA with 321.3 yards per game. In the last five contests, the Buckeyes have upped those numbers to 379.6 rushing yards per game for an average of 8.6 yards per carry. - Ohio State football

08/14/2013 - OTHER OHIO STATE PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: C Corey Linsley (6-2, 298, 5.24)...A native of Youngstown, Linsley is an easy guy to like with his tough-as-nails attitude and football smarts on the field. He bounced around the offensive line his first two seasons at Ohio State, but settled in as the starting center last year and is arguably the top player at his position in the conference. Linsley is strong, but not overpowering, and athletic, but not overly explosive - he rarely stands out, but usually gets the job done. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/12/2013 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Corey Linsley, Ohio State...Linsley is a fifth-year senior and a leader of the offense as the team's center. He is one of four returning starters along the offensive line for Ohio State. He made the transition from offensive guard/tackle to center in the spring of 2012, became one of the Buckeyes most improved players and preceded to start all 12 games at center last season for the undefeated Buckeyes. Linsley was named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference by both the conference coaches and mediain 2012. - Ohio State football

05/21/2013 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCH LIST: Corey Linsley, Ohio State...One of four returning starters along the offensive line for Ohio State, Linsely successfully made the transition from offensive guard/tackle to center in the spring of 2012. He became one of the Buckeyes most improved players and preceded to start all 12 games at center last season for the undefeated Buckeyes. He was named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference by both the conference coaches and media.

Linsley helped the Buckeyes' offense to a Big Ten-best 37.2 points per game and to 242.2 rushing yards per game (2nd in the Big Ten and 10th nationally). The team also scored a team 34-year best 37 rushing touchdowns last year. Linsley is a three-year letterwinner who has played in 28 games for the Buckeyes. - Ohio State football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - JC Tretter was thought to have the inside track for the job, but offensive line coach James Campen indicated Saturday that the team's fourth starting center in as many years is to be determined the next few months. "Well, it's going to be interesting," said Campen, after Green Bay selected Ohio State center Corey Linsley in the fifth round (No. 161 overall). Linsley, along with Tretter and Garth Gerhart, will vie for the opening on the offensive line created when 2013 starter Evan Dietrich-Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

Tretter, a second-year player taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, didn't play as a rookie after he sustained a broken leg in last spring's organized team activities. Gerhart, a first-year player, spent most of last season on Green Bay's practice squad. "It's going to be very competitive," Campen said of the battle to replace Dietrich-Smith. "They all know that in the (position) room. ... Corey, he's excited for the opportunity as well. "Those things will be something that'll be a weekly thing, I'm sure, going forward. I have great confidence in all three of those young men." Campen noted an early connection between Aaron Rodgers and Tretter the first few weeks of the team's offseason program. "You look at the short time that Aaron and JC have been together now, and they're flowing very well," Campen said. - The Sports Xchange

 

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