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
06/02/16 - RG T.J. Lang said Thursday that he expects to be cleared at the outset of training camp. Lang is four months removed from having surgery for a torn labrum shortly after last season ended. The veteran starter said the recovery time is four to six months, and he's able to do some movement drills away from the field during OTAs.
12/10/15 - RG T.J. Lang (shoulder) continued to practice in limited fashion Thursday. The veteran starter is looking to resume playing Sunday against the Cowboys after missing the Dec. 3 victory at Detroit.
12/09/15 - RG T.J. Lang (shoulder) had limited work in practice Wednesday. The veteran starter is looking to return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Cowboys after surprisingly missing the Dec. 3 victory at Detroit.
11/21/15 - G T.J. Lang (shoulder) of the Packers was upgraded to probable for Sunday's NFC North showdown against the Vikings.
11/19/15 - RG T.J. Lang (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant after being out the previous day. With extra rest this week, the veteran starter should be good for Sunday's game at Minnesota.