Pro Day Tour: More Than QBs

We continue our daily pursuit of the Packers' scouts as they scour the nation for prospects ranging from the first round to the next undrafted gem. We've got the scoop from four of the pro timing days they attended on Tuesday.

Not all eyes were on Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett during Tuesday's pro days at Auburn and Arkansas.

Auburn

Newton's favorite receiver was Darvin Adams. Adams set a school-record with 60 catches as a sophomore in 2009, when Chris Todd was the quarterback. With Newton under center in 2010, Adams caught 52 balls for 963 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2 Adams left school a year early even though he is seen as a late-round pick because of his build (190 pounds) and sometimes-suspect hands. He mostly did position drills on Tuesday after an OK showing at the Scouting Combine, though he did post a 35-inch vertical jump.

Another player who rested on his Combine numbers was running back Mario Fannin. A major disappointment as a senior, when he was relegated to a part-time role because of fumbling issues, Fannin reintroduced himself to scouts by running his 40 in the high 4.3s at the Combine. That's big-time for a 5-foot-11, 228-pound back. What will interest the Packers as a late-round pick is Fannin is Auburn's career leader among running backs with 97 receptions — including 42 as a junior. He also has some kickoff return experience, though not as a senior.

One under-the-radar prospect who opened eyes was defensive lineman Zach Clayton. Even at 6-foot-2 and 299 pounds, he ran his 40 in the high 4.6s. A backup, he had eight tackles for losses as a senior.

Arkansas

One of Mallett's favorite receivers was D.J. Williams, the Mackey Award winner as college football's top tight end. Really a man without a home in the NFL at 6-foot-2 and 237 pounds, Williams was the NCAA's active leader among tight ends with 147 catches and 1,817 yards. He's not just a pass-catcher, though, as he's ready, willing and able to help as a blocker. He's an intriguing prospect for a Green Bay offense that asks a lot from its tight ends, though there might be bigger needs at the end of Round 2.

DeMarcus Love entered his senior season as one of the top-ranked offensive tackles. A subpar senior season and a bad week at the Senior Bowl, however, sent his stock tumbling and he might wind up at guard, even at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds. Still, he was a four-year starter and has an interior lineman's demeanor. If he's still around in the fourth round, the Packers would have to take a close look. They love drafting collegiate left tackles with the versatility to move inside.

Oklahoma

Quinton Carter is the Sooners' top prospect, but the Packers are set at safety with Nick Collins and Morgan Burnett/Charlie Peprah. Their next-best prospect is running back DeMarco Murray, a Day 2 prospect who rushed for 1,006 yards and caught 71 passes as a senior. But, with Ryan Grant and James Starks, running back isn't a need, either, early in the draft.

Two guys to watch as late-round possibilities on defense are Jeremy Beal and Adrian Taylor.

As a defensive end, the 6-foot-3, 267-pound Beal was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior with 8.5 sacks, 18 tackles for losses and three forced fumbles. He tested terribly at the Scouting Combine but his power-first approach to rushing the passer suits the Packers' scheme.

The 6-foot-4, 302-pound Taylor needed ankle surgery for a late-season injury but said nothing was torn, contrary to reports — including on the school Web site. As a starter in 2008 and 2009, he totaled eight sacks and 13.5 tackles for losses. He dislocated an ankle in the bowl game following his junior season and played in only six games as senior. His size screams 3-4 defensive end, which the Packers might be looking to bolster with Cullen Jenkins' expected departure.

Fordham

The school that produced some guy named Lombardi also churned out quarterback John Skelton, a fifth-round pick by Arizona last year. His brother, tight end Stephen Skelton, is a possible late-round pick this year. Skelton (6-4 1/2, 252 pounds) caught 63 passes from his brother as a junior and 43 from 443 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. He has tremendous hands and a feel for the passing game.

Minnesota

The Packers were not at Minnesota, even though quarterback Adam Weber looked sharp in workouts. Weber, who somehow was not invited to the Combine, threw for 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior for an undermanned Gophers squad that lost nine straight.


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