The Packers love Brooks Reed and view him as their potential first-round pick, as we reported last week, but his sidekick at Arizona, Ricky Elmore, isn't exactly chopped liver. They were the main attractions for Green Bay, which would like to find an impact player to place opposite Clay Matthews at outside linebacker.
A source told Packer Report that Elmore (6-4, 257) ran 40-yard dashes in 4.79 and 4.81 seconds. While the Packers are intrigued with Reed's size, explosion and motor, all Elmore did was lead the Pac-10 in sacks as a junior (10.5) and senior (11.0).
Reed stood on his sterling Combine numbers — 4.68 in the 40 and a 10-yard split of 1.54 that was quicker than most of the receivers — but did positional drills. Like Elmore, Reed worked for scouts at defensive end (4-3 schemes) and outside linebacker (3-4 schemes).
"I think Brooks is a good player and he deserves everything he gets," Elmore told the Arizona Daily Wildcat recently when asked why Reed is getting all the hype. "Things happen and a lot of politics play into things. I'm happy with the way things happened because after my junior year, leading the Pac-10 in sacks kind of fueled my fire and then this year the same thing happened, and it fuels the fire and you keep working hard. I'd rather it be this way because it keeps me working hard."
Elmore is a potential third-round pick.
Also on display was another of the West Coast's standout centers, Colin Baxter (6-3, 311). He started 48 consecutive games for the Wildcats — missing the bowl game as a senior because of a knee injury that required surgery. He was a finalist for the Rimington Award, given to college football's top center. He's not a great athlete for the position but teams love his toughness. He'll either go late in the draft or be a priority free agent.
Another late-round/undrafted prospect is running back Nic Grigsby (5-11, 202). The quick, shifty Grigsby rushed for 1,153 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore but never duplicated that feat. He shared time in the backfield as a senior, finishing with 569 yards (4.5 average) and eight touchdowns while adding 25 catches (7.6 yards per catch) and a touchdown. He was timed as fast as 4.28 by one scout, according to a source, with a 44.5-inch vertical.
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