Tonight, the Green Bay Packers traded up in the second round to select Indiana OT Jason Spriggs with the 48th overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Packers traded up for this pick, which shows the confidence that the team has in Spriggs, as longtime Packers GM Ted Thompson is not known for often moving up in the Draft.
Spriggs wrapped up his time at Indiana last fall by becoming one of just six offensive lineman in Indiana football history to earn All-American honors. Spriggs opened his career by starting the first 28 games and made 47 starts in 48 games at left tackle.
Last season, he allowed just two sacks all season, playing a team-high 1,074 offensive snaps at right guard where he started all 13 games. Spriggs was part of an offense that led the conference in total offense, passing offense and scoring offense, while placing second in rushing offense and helping both Jordan Howard and Devine Redding gain 1,000 yards on the ground this season, one of only two Power Five schools this season to accomplish that feat.
His play earned him numerous accolades, ranging from second team All-Big Ten selections by both the coaches and media to a spot on the Football Writers Association of America first team All-American list. He also earned All-America recognition from Phil Steele, Sporting News, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated and became the first Outland Trophy semifinalist in school history.
What are the Packers getting in Jason Spriggs?
A true athlete at the tackle position
Spriggs was the fastest offensive lineman in Indianapolis in February -- and turned in one hell of a performance top to bottom at the Combine. It's reflective of Spriggs background as an athlete -- it's commonly reported that he played Tight End at Concord High School, but a local reporter that covered him at the time says that was never the case.
Regardless, here, enjoy a really, really large man run way faster than you can.
A vicious, mean-ass run blocker
Spriggs and Dan Feeney, who returned to Indiana for the 2016 season, anchored Indiana's rushing attack that gave Indiana one of the nation's most potent ground games and produced three 1,000-yard rushers over two seasons in 2014 and 2015 (Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard, Devine Redding).
Here, wanna watch Jason Spriggs ruin some dudes to a nice butt-rock sound track? Let's watch Jason Spriggs ruin some dudes, set to a nice butt-rock soundtrack.