Packers Add Four-Year Starter Kowalski to OL

Villanova's Vince Kowalski was an all-conference right tackle but anticipated moving inside to guard.

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The Green Bay Packers have a full 90-man roster with the addition of undrafted rookie offensive tackle Vince Kowalski.

Kowalski started all 48 games at offensive tackle — mostly on the right side — during his four seasons at Villanova. As a senior right tackle, he was named first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association, which is one of the top leagues in the Football Championship Subdivision.

At pro day, Kowalski measured in at 6-foot-4 and 292 pounds, with a 5.26 in the 40 and 28 reps on the bench. The Packers listed him at 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds. That was his listed measurements at Villanova.

Kowalski faces a challenge in getting up to speed, having missed the rookie orientation camp and the first two weeks of organized team activities. He fits the Packers’ mold as a collegiate left tackle with some position flexibility.

Before the draft, Kowalski anticipated moving to guard.

“Tackles in the NFL, their wingspan, their arm length is just a lot longer than mine,” he said. “I think that’s just a huge part. And they’re a lot taller as well. So, I feel like I fit better as a guard/center type player. I’m a little shorter, but still have the good footwork. Playing tackle all four years (at Villanova) definitely helped me, because obviously playing tackle you have better feet, you’re more athletic, so being moved into guard shouldn’t be as big of a problem.”

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