Packers Post Draft Report: Cole Madison
Cole Madison was drafted in the 5th round, the 138th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2018 NFL Draft. Madison is a 6’5” 308 pound offensive linemen out of Washington State University. Madison is the definition of durability, starting in all 47 games in his college career, something the Packers desperately need is someone that can stay healthy and protect Aaron Rodgers.
During Madison’s time at Washington State University, all of starts were at right tackle. When coming to Green Bay, it looks like Madison will be still be playing on the right side of the ball, but will be playing the right guard position instead of the right tackle position, which is currently held by Bryan Bulaga. To obtain a starting right guard position on opening day, Madison will have to beat out Justin McCray who playing in 13 games last season for the Packers, starting in 8 of those. Also fighting for the position will be Kofi Amichia, who spent time on the practice squad for the Packers last season.
Madison performed fairly well at the NFL Combine this past April, posting a 5.33 second 40 yard dash time, putting up 26 reps on the bench press, and posting a broad jump of 97 inches.
If you had watched Cole play at all during his career at Washington State University you would have noticed that he excelled in the pass protection, seemingly getting better and better with each passing season. Anyone who has ever watched a Packers game, especially as of late, may have noticed that Aaron Rodgers may not have always had the best pass protection. Madison could come out and have a big impact on the play of the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Madison has also improved in his rush offense as well, being able to stick with his assignment, whatever that may be. This is also very beneficial for the Packers to try to get a more balanced offense in the 2018 season.
Cole Madison seems like he will be making a big impact on the upcoming season for the Green Bay Packers and their offense. The better Madison can control his blocking, alongside Bulaga on the right side of the offensive line, the more time Rodgers will have to work his magic and hopefully bring another Lombardi Trophy to Title Town.