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With the 208th overall selection in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected selected Oregon center Jake Hanson.
A 49 game starter for Oregon, Hanson has been a solid piece to the Oregon offensive line. Over his first three seasons, Hanson did not allow a sack in 2,738 snaps. In 2019, Hanson committed just one penalty and was named to the All-Pac-12 second team by the Associated Press. Hanson earned a 76.7 pass-blocking grade by Pro Football Focus.
Hanson best projects in a zone heavy scheme, likely as a backup. However, with the proper development of the skills he already has, there is a chance of becoming a low-end starter. He is a smart football player who is able to read the field with efficiency. Likely won’t play guard at the next level because his body prevents it but the ability to play center is solid for NFL teams.
Hanson is more finesse than power but his smarts and is a smooth number with enough flexible athleticism to be a player at the next level.
Four-year starter who has the ability to assimilate into a variety of schemes but is unlikely to stand out in any particular one. His strong, accurate hands and determined effort are his calling cards and he’s been able to hang in against a series of big, talented interior linemen over the years. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
The Green Bay Packers have most of their starting offensive linemen figured out. That, however, is a benefit to Hanson though, who needs time to develop. Being a late round draft pick, the best bet for Hanson might be to find a spot on the practice squad, where he can continue to develop the traits he has and develop as a player. However, a strong camp can propel him into a role as a backup.