Jason Spriggs – OT, Indiana
The Chicago crowd were not pleased when Green Bay leapt ahead of the Bears here, but after the way the Packers protected Rodgers last year it’s not a surprise that Ted Thompson would break from tradition and move up for a guy who could potentially play left tackle. Spriggs can handle outside moves but he struggles with change of direction from rushers. If he can’t play left tackle he should still be a big help to the Packers, who’s tackles are almost all in the last year of their contracts now. They have to look after Aaron Rodgers better than they did in 2015, and Spriggs will certainly help. The Bears immediately moved out of the pick after this one, making it a brilliant move from the Packers. Toby Durant
Spriggs played as a tight end early on before shifting to the offensive line during high school. Over his 46 starts with Indiana, including immediately taking on the left tackle spot as a true freshman where he has practically been a fixture ever since, he has added strength and experience at the position while keeping the speed and athleticism from his tight end days. Though he’s added weight, he’s still fairly lean for his long frame and really needs to continue to work hard in an NFL strength and conditioning program to build up his core strength to compliment his movement abilities. The payoff could be huge with some patience though as the upside with Spriggs is very high. He has been playing at a superb level in a talented Big 10 conference, only giving up a total of 4 sacks in the past two seasons. In addition, he has been a key part of a hugely successful run game for the Hoosiers with Tevin Coleman topping 2,000 yards a couple seasons ago, and Jordan Howard continuing right where Coleman left off. Spriggs was huge in Indiana’s bowl game versus Duke this post-season, despite it ultimately ending in a crushing overtime defeat. Spriggs kept his QB clean all game, allowing no sacks, and was a huge factor in stand-in running back Devine Redding putting up 227 yards on the ground, who frequently found success behind the left side of the line. With a bit of time, plus some added power and muscle, Spriggs could end up being looked back on as one of the better value picks from the early parts of the 2016 draft class, even if it ends up taking a year or two for him to emerge.