Corey Linsley Drafted in Fifth Round by Packers

By Kyle Rowland on May 10, 2014 at 3:09p

Corey Linsley’s journey has taken him from Youngstown to Columbus and, now, on to Green Bay. The Ohio State center was drafted by the 161st pick in the fifth round.

Linsley is the second Buckeye offensive lineman taken in the draft, joining left tackle Jack Mewhort, who went to the Indianapolis Colts. Linsley started all 26 games at center the past two seasons, turning into an All-Big Ten player and captain.

"His pass blocking is very good,” Packers offensive line coach James Campen said. “He showed ability to block nose one-on-one. It's going to be a very, very competitive camp.”

Linsley will compete with JC Tretter and Garth Gerhart for the starting center job.

In 2013, Linsley was vital in Ohio State’s record-setting offense, which established new highs for points scored (637), total yards (7,167), rushing yards (4,321), passing touchdowns (38) and total touchdowns (83).


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BassDropper's picture

The cool thing about where these guys are getting drafted is, they will always be on tv. Shazier - Steelers, Roby - Broncos, Hyde - 49ers, Mewhort - Colts, Linsley - Packers. These are all teams that are on every national tv every week


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buckeye4life050233's picture

Sad part is that any of these guys has a realistic shot at a long term nfl career and our local browns and bengals decided they wanted no part of it. 

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TheBadOwl's picture

Packers fan here, I was hoping we'd get Linsley, we need a center badly and he's one of the best. Always great to see Buckeyes drafted, too.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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buckeye4life050233's picture

former buckeye Johnathan Newsome just joined Mewhort in Indianapolis

BuckeyeChief's picture

FWIW fomer Buckeye Jonathon Newsome was just drafted by Indy...

"2014 National with it!!!"

DC-town's picture

Baller- best of luck Lindsley, great franchise.  

2 more linemen to go...

Jonathan newsome just went to Indy also to play with mewhort, best of luck to 'double nickel' and mewhort as well

'Piss excellence' -RB

FROMTHE18's picture

awesome….surprised CJ Barnett hasn't had his number called yet, I think he could make an NFL roster and contribute on special teams if not on defense, the guy is everywhere on the field. 

cplunk's picture

Love me some CJ, but he is likely not going to be drafted. He is a long shot to make an NFL roster. Somebody will sign him as a UFA, but his chances of sticking are very low.

He is often out of position, inconsistent as heck (great plays followed by bonehead plays), not nearly quick enough or physical enough in filling gaps against the run, gets swallowed up by blocks, and doesn't have good tackling technique. He does play fast, have a great deal of athleticism, and play aggressively. In college, that can be enough. It's not even close to enough at the NFL level. Add to that an injury and his chances are slim.

I really hope he gets his shot and carves himself a role. I like the guy a ton and would love to see him develop. I don't think he really had a chance to become a better player in that awful defense last year. Everybody seemed to lost to really improve.

Best wishes for CJ, but don't underestimate how crazy hard it is to be drafted or make the regular season roster. 

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BuckFly's picture

So far, all of the Buckeyes drafted are on strong teams that can/will make a run to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Cleveland and Cincy will simply watch these former Buckeyes  succeed. 

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OSUStu's picture

Buckeyes keep landing with high-quality organizations, a great reflection on these young men and our football program.  Congrats to Corey!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

TBDBITL0509's picture

Packers owner here (love saying that) - we needed OL help and I'm elated it came in the form of a Buckeye! Go Pack go!

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