Cole Madison will have to adjust to playing in the NFL, but reports out of Green Bay indicate the former Coug is passing the early tests. Madison, the fifth round pick of the Packers recently finished rookie orientation camp.
Madison started at right tackle for Washington State the last three seasons but many NFL teams projected him as a guard in the draft process. In his first professional camp he played at right tackle, and at both guard spots according to a story by Jason Wilde of the La Crosse Tribune.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said that Madison impressed with his versatility, and that the WSU product could play both inside and outside. Interestingly enough, Madison said that he felt more comfortable playing guard. The technique deployed by Green Bay’s tackles differs significantly from what Mike Leach and WSU run.
Of course, a change of position is nothing new to Madison who came to Pullman as a tight end out of high school. Perhaps a more significant adjustment for Madison will be the number of plays he needs to know.
The Bothell native told Wilde that at WSU the offensive line effectively ran four plays. The Packers playbook is much more complex, so Madison has some catching up to do.
Good luck to Cole as he works to make the 53-man roster this summer.
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