Packers Workout: Tackle-to-Guard

In our 39th draft exclusive, we break the news on an offensive lineman the Packers worked out on March 30. Like most of the Packers' linemen, he played left tackle but would be making the move inside.

The Green Bay Packers traditionally take collegiate left tackles and move them to other positions because they covet their athleticism and pass-blocking ability.

Along those lines, the Packers worked out James Madison left tackle Theo Sherman recently, a source told Packer Report.

Sherman was a four-year starter at the Football Championship Subdivision level, including his final three years as an all-conference left tackle. Intelligence and athleticism — he was a standout basketball player in high school — are considered his assets.

"Those are the strengths that (offensive line coach Chris Malone) told me so that's what I'm going to tell you," Sherman said with a laugh.

The Packers, like most NFL teams, consider Sherman a guard in the NFL. He said the workout with Packers scout Lee Gissendaner went well, even though he was limited by a "slight tweak" in his hamstring.

"The Packers, they have a great team and a great staff over there," he said. "For them to check me out, I really appreciate that they did."

Even with four years of starting experience at tackle, Sherman said he'd embrace the position change.

"I don't mind becoming a guard at all," he said. "I wouldn't mind if they put me at center. I wouldn't even mind if they put me at long snapper — I'd just have to learn long snapper. I'm cool with guard. I have no problem moving to any position. As long as I can help out the team, I'm going to do it."

While playing at James Madison isn't exactly the same as playing at Boston College or USC, the Colonial Athletic Association is a top-notch conference, so the level of competition isn't as big a question mark as you might believe. Plus, during his first three seasons at James Madison, he tangled daily with Arthur Moats — who had 2.5 sacks as a rookie for Buffalo last year and was the one whose blind-side hit resulted in Brett Favre's consecutive-games streak ending at 297 games.

"I used to joke with Moats when he finally made it to the league, ‘Man, you know, I helped you get into the league with your pass rushing,'" Sherman said. "No, it was a great battle between me and Moats. We had a great relationship and we made each other better each day."

Sherman is a student of the mental side of the game. He spends his Sundays watching the linemen to see if what he reads is what the professionals are reading.

That cerebral approach, his do-anything attitude and his tools as a pass blocker give him a chance to make a team, likely as an undrafted free agent.

"I've been working so hard and working out with my strength and conditioning coach. He's helped me out a lot with my speed," Sherman said of Jim Durning. "Just me coming from where I came from, I've been playing football since I was 6, 7 years old. I love the sport. That's been my dream ever since I was in elementary school. ‘I want to play in the NFL with those other guys.' It's been a long time coming for me. I've been playing my whole life. My football career has been a blast and I hope it continues."

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