Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: OT T.J. Lang of Eastern Michigan is a player to watch as the Packers approach a transition at the position. Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher have been the starting bookends at left and right tackle, respectively, since they were rookies in 2000. While Clifton will be back for another season but has chronic knee problems, Tauscher apparently won't be re-signed as a free agent after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in January. That leaves a huge void, which could be filled by the promising Lang, a fourth-round choice. He made his mark the last two years of college at left tackle, but Lang also has starting experience at right tackle. Wherever he lined up, Lang shut down explosive Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English (No. 16 overall pick of the San Diego Chargers) in their Mid-American Conference matchups. The Packers like the 6-foot-4, 316-pound Lang's athleticism and feistiness. A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/109 -- T.J. Lang, OT, 6-4, 316, Eastern Michigan...With uncertainty at both bookend spots -- right tackle Mark Tauscher is unsigned as he recovers from major knee surgery in January, and left tackle Chad Clifton has endured knee problems the last few years and is entering the last year of his contract -- Lang was drafted as an insurance policy. He started 36 straight games, 10 at right tackle and the last 26 at left tackle, in a zone-blocking scheme that jibes with the Packers'. The converted defensive tackle, regarded for his physicality and drive blocking, also has center-guard material. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout T.J. Lang News
11/15/17 - G T.J. Lang is expected back in the lineup Sunday after missing last week's win over the Browns with a concussion. Lang cancelled his weekly appearance on the Detroit radio station 97.1 FM on Tuesday because he still was in concussion protocol, but he was a full participant in a padded practice Wednesday. Corey Robinson, fresh off injured reserve, started in Lang's place last week.
11/09/17 - G T.J. Lang has entered the NFL's concussion protocol, coach Jim Caldwell announced on Thursday. Lang's concussion symptoms developed during practice on Wednesday, two days removed from the Lions' 30-17 win over his former team, the Green Bay Packers. Caldwell said the concussion did not occur in practice.
10/30/17 - G T.J. Lang made his 100th career start on Sunday.
10/13/17 - RG T.J. Lang (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
10/04/17 - RG T.J. Lang (back) did not practice Wednesday. Lang was able to finish last week's win over the Vikings, although he missed one snap after the game's ATC spotter radioed downfield that he needed to be evaluated for a concussion.