Two longtime offensive commanders for the University of Wisconsin will continue their football careers with the Green Bay Packers.
Cole Van Lanen, a sixth-round pick, and John Ditzen, an unprepared free agent signature, will compete for places on the state Packers’ rosters this summer.
“Obviously Wisconsin is doing so well with their football program in general, but in particular with their Olympic crews over the years,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said on Saturday.
Born in Green Bay and a high school graduate in Bay Port, Van Lanen was a three-year starter in left-wing dam fighting. Packers made it the 220th overall pick in the project.
Van Lanen will get a chance to play offensive battles and guards in Green Bay.
“A very athletic big man,”
Born in Black Creek and a graduate of Seymour High School, Ditzen was the starter of 39 games in Wisconsin, starting in left gear, left guard and right guard. He did not hear his name called during the project, but Packers added him to a free college agency.
Both Van Lannen and Ditzen launched an offensive line in Wisconsin, which helped Jonathan Taylor become one of the most productive defenders in college history.
In Green Bay, packers have holes along the line of attack. Center Corey Linsley and security guard Lane Taylor went to a free agency, and Packers released former badger Rick Wagner in February.