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
11/11/13 - RG T.J. Lang could be in line to make his first pro start at center Sunday, when the Packers play at the New York Giants. Lang moved from his customary starting spot of right guard to center for the final two-plus quarters of the 27-13 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday after Evan Dietrich-Smith went out with a knee injury.
11/06/13 - --RG T.J. Lang (concussion) has yet to be cleared to practice this week and would seem to be a long shot to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Lang dropped out of the loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night at halftime with the head injury. Don Barclay, the regular starter at right tackle, moved inside to replace Lang at guard in that game and would continue to fill in there with Marshall Newhouse at right tackle if Lang remains sidelined. The Packers held an extended walk-through practice Wednesday, so a better idea of how things will play out with Lang and the right side of the line will come later in the week.
11/05/13 - RG T.J. Lang (concussion) suffered a head injury apparently late in the first half of the 27-20 loss to Chicago on Monday night and was held out in the second half. Right tackle Don Barclay moved inside to replace Lang, and Marshall Newhouse went in at tackle.
09/19/13 - RG T.J. Lang (back) was added to the injury report Thursday. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Lang's back tightened, resulting in him practicing on a limited basis Thursday. The status of the starter for Sunday's game at Cincinnati won't be known until Friday, but McCarthy said the injury wasn't considered to be serious.
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.