When it comes to the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line, we’re not sure exactly what the starting setup will look like in Week 1, but we do know they have a lot of options to choose from – I believe around half of their squad are offensive linemen at the moment.
This will make the path to the final 53-player roster for UDFA Coy Cronk much more difficult. However, while the Packers have a large group of offensive linemen competing for roster spots, the depth around the tackler’s position still remains a question mark. They have of course David Bakhtiari, but he risks missing the first games. Then there’s Billy Turner with Yosh Nijman, who we don’t know where he’s at in his development. The Packers also have Elgton Jenkins as an option, who can opt out if needed.
Green Bay would add Royce Newman and Cole Van Lanen to the draft, but these two players might be better suited to play indoors than away. So put it all together; the uncertainty of Bakhtiari’s status at the start of this season, the unknown surrounding Nijman, as well as Newman and Van Lanen are potentially better options in custody, and the very experienced Cronk has a possible path to the 53-man roster as a tackle.
Cronk would start 40 very impressive straight games for Indiana as the 2016 left tackle at the start of the 2019 season. He took his moguls in 2016, allowing nine sacks and 28 presses, according to PFF ($$). The following season, his allowed sacks dropped to just two, but he would give up 38 presses. Overall, 2018 was his best season, and his PFF rating reflects it, with Cronk allowing four sacks and 26 presses.
Sadly, at the start of 2019, Cronk is said to be suffering from a broken ankle which limited him to just 194 shots this season. Cronk received a fifth year of eligibility and transferred from Indiana to Iowa for the 2020 season, where he took over on the right tackle before fine-tuning that same ankle in Game 2 of the season.
An NFL scout in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Bill Huber said Cronk had “starting ability.” A big problem, however, is that we haven’t seen a healthy Cronk for a significant period of time since the 2018 season. There will no doubt be some rust to shake off, and he will have to do it at the NFL level. .
As a race blocker, Cronk was solid even if he wasn’t spectacular and he comes from a Hoosier offense that has used him as a zone blocker for about 67% of his career. As we all know, the Green Bay Packers are running a wide area blocking schedule under the leadership of Matt LaFleur. It should also be noted that Cronk has been called upon to 22 penalties during his career, although 15 of them were imposed in 2016 and 2017.
For more on Cronk, here’s what Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline had to say about the Green Bay Packers UDFA in his draft report:
“Positive: Transfer from Indiana who has missed the majority of the past two seasons with injury. Basically healthy, displays solid footwork sliding off the edge for pass protection and stays square. Patient, keep his feet moving and keep the opponent in front of him. Fights with his hands throughout the action and makes great use of angles as well as body positioning to seal the edge.
Negative: Does not come across as a top athlete. Medium height for tackling. No fluid blockage or fluid in motion.
Analysis: When he was starting out on left tackle for Indiana early in his career, I ranked Cronk as a potential end-of-round prospect. Plagued with injuries over the past two years, he has to pass medical exams first, and even then, it will be an uphill battle for him to roster up to the next level.