Draft Scout Snapshot: 2008: All-Mid American Conference first-team and Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding second-team All-MAC honors from the league's coaches...Earned the Harold E. Sponberg Award, given annually to the top down lineman scholar-athlete...Lined up at left offensive tackle, coming up with 86 knockdowns, 11 touchdown-resulting blocks and nine downfield blocks, grading 83.08% for blocking consistency...Penalized three times and handled a reception for a four-yard loss (turned the ball over on a fumble) while also making a solo tackle...Allowed 4.5 quarterback sacks and three pressures on 499 pass plays...Helped the team rank 20th in the nation and third in the MAC in passing (269.33 yards per game) and 25th in the major college ranks in total offense (417.5 yards per game)...Career: As an offensive lineman, Lang started 26 games at left tackle and 10 on the right side, producing 243 knockdowns and 28 touchdown-resulting blocks...Over his final two seasons, he recorded 21 touchdown-resulting blocks, 169 knockdowns and 17 downfield blocks, grading 81.67% for blocking consistency...Allowed seven quarterback sacks and nine pressures on 860 pass plays...For his career, he collected 16 tackles (eight solos) with an assisted stop for a 3-yard loss and blocked a pair of kicks.
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
12/24/12 - LG T.J. Lang made his customary start in the 55-7 win over Tennessee on Sunday, a week after he suffered a concussion. Lang didn't return to practice until Friday.
12/21/12 - LG T.J. Lang was excused from team activities, including practice, on Thursday because of the flu. The illness prevented Lang from going through more tests for a concussion that came to light after the win at Chicago last Sunday. Head coach Mike McCarthy expects Lang to rejoin the team Friday and pass the concussion tests, thus leaving open the possibility he will be able to play Sunday against Tennessee.
12/20/12 - LG T.J. Lang is recovering from a concussion he suffered in the 21-13 victory at Chicago last Sunday. Lang didn't practice Wednesday, but head coach Mike McCarthy is optimistic Lang will be OK to play Sunday against Tennessee.
12/16/12 - G T.J. Lang returned to action and made the start at his natural spot of left guard in the 21-13 victory at Chicago on Sunday after missing a game because of a sprained ankle. Prior to his injury, Lang had been moved to right tackle to replace an injured Bryan Bulaga. Undrafted rookie Don Barclay made his second straight start at right tackle Sunday.
12/14/12 - G/T T.J. Lang is progressing physically and has a shot to play Sunday at Chicago. Lang dressed but was held out of the win over Detroit last Sunday night because of a left ankle sprain. He has practiced in a limited capacity this week. If Lang is cleared for the game against the Bears, he probably will return to his natural spot of left guard after briefly replacing an injured Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. The Packers are preparing undrafted rookie Don Barclay to make a second straight start at right tackle.