Cory's Corner: Keep An Eye On Sean Rhyan

Jan 7, 2023

Everyone is still hung up on wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. 

But the pick that will raise the most eyebrows is Sean Rhyan. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman started all 12 games at UCLA this past season and was ranked by USA Today as the No. 7 offensive line prospect entering the draft.  

That’s pretty good value for a guy that was drafted 92nd overall. 

We have hit on this time and time again, but one of the most important qualities that you can have, especially on the offensive line, is versatility. And that’s exactly what Rhyan provides by being athletic and strong enough to start at both guard and tackle. 

And the simple reason is because of rugby. 

“Well, rugby, you know, there’s not really set plays,” Rhyan said. “You’re kind of on the field the whole time, running around tackling. You’re playing defense and offense the whole time. What I think rugby taught me at a young age was not to be afraid of contact really. No matter the opponent, or how big they were or how big I was, that we’re both on the field at the same time and whoever plays the hardest for the longest is going to come out on top. So I think that gave me a baseline for football.”

That was proven right away at UCLA as he became the first true freshman to start a season opener at tackle for the Bruins since 2012. 

The Packers’ offensive line was ranked No. 14 by Pro Football Focus last year and that was with David Bakhtiari playing just 27 snaps in Week 18 and Elgton Jenkins missing nine games. Both should be back at some point this season, but having depth at offensive line is very important — especially for a team that relies on the running game and play-action to set the table. 

Which should be perfect for Rhyan because he has had perfect attendance at UCLA. 

“I’m extremely versatile as well as available,” said Rhyan. “I never missed a snap in college due to an injury.”

Rhyan may have been drafted in the third round, but don’t let that fool you. He’s going to push for a starting job. That could be in place of Royce Newman at right guard or it could be at right tackle until Jenkins is back from his ACL injury. 

So while many opine and worry about the wide receivers, be confident about the offensive line. Especially Rhyan, who only allowed two sacks during his collegiate career.

He may have never seen snow fall, but thanks to his rugby instincts, he is going to put many NFL defensive players on the ground. 

Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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