Pro Day Tour: More Than Peterson

We continue our daily pursuit of the Packers' scouts as they attended at least four Pro Days on Monday. The marquee event was at LSU, with cornerback Patrick Peterson the star attraction, but the Tigers have several players of interest for the Packers.

All eyes at LSU on Monday were on star cornerback Patrick Peterson, but he'll be long, long gone by the time the Green Bay Packers are on the clock.

Still, the powerhouse Tigers have several prospects who could interest the Packers, led by inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, towering receiver Terrance Tolliver, offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale and a kicker.

Sheppard (6-2, 250) was a tackling machine at the heart of the Tigers' defense, with 311 tackles as a three-year starter, including 11 tackles for losses and four sacks as a senior. He's cut from the same bolt of cloth as Desmond Bishop: a real physical guy who finds his way to the ball but is prone to the occasional misstep. Assuming Nick Barnett is traded or released, only Brandon Chillar — coming off season-ending shoulder surgery — returns as a reserve, so Green Bay could use some depth, making Sheppard a potential target if he's available at the end of Round 3.

Another guy with Day 2 talent is Tolliver (6-foot-3 1/2), who really impressed scouts with his performance during on-the-field drills at the Scouting Combine. As a full-time starter in 2009 and 2010, he caught a combined 88 passes with eight touchdowns. However, his involvement a fight outside a bar in March 2010 led to him being subdued with a Taser and his arrest, potentially taking him off the Packers' draft board.

Barksdale is a third LSU player who could be available in the third round. The 6-foot-5, 325-pounder, a native of Detroit who was the Midwest's top-ranked defensive tackle coming out of high school, started at left tackle as a senior after starting for two seasons at right tackle. His 36-inch arms make him an ideal offensive tackle. His feet might not be good enough for the left side but with some fine-tuning he could become a force on the right.

Of note, kicker Josh Jasper was a consensus All-American and free agent Mason Crosby isn't a lock to return. Jasper (5-foot-10) led the nation with 28 field goals, including 3-of-4 from 50-plus yards. He hit 82.4 percent as a senior and a school-record 83.9 percent for his career. He might be worth picking in the seventh round just because of the uncertainty with Crosby and the CBA.

Lazarius Levingston (6-4, 286), a two-year starter with minimal production, has the right build to play end as a seventh-round pick.

Central Michigan

Not only did the Packers have a scout in attendance but Frank Zombo was there, too.

The Chippewas' top prospect is inside linebacker Nick Bellore, a native of Whitefish Bay, Wis. Bellore started the first 51 games of his career, a streak broken by a freak accident in which a chin strap created a nasty gash in his mouth that required stitches.

Bellore (6-1, 252) is a high-effort, high-character player who was voted a captain as a sophomore. Bellore, who played in the East-West all-star game and ran as fast as 4.69 at the pro day, would make a lot of sense with a late-round draft pick.


Sam Seale was in town to watch quarterback Justin Roper and running back Chase Reynolds. A hot recruit by Oregon, Roper transferred down a level after Jeremiah Masoli emerged as the starter. Roper split time at quarterback as a junior as Montana advanced to the national championship game, then emerged as the guy as a senior after starter Zack Nash suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Roper, a towering 6-foot-6 and a decent athlete, completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 1,885 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He'd likely be an undrafted acquisition.

Reynolds (5-11, 195) rushed for 982 yards (5.1 average) and eight touchdowns, plus caught a team-high 40 passes for four more scores. For his career, he topped 4,000 rushing yards —finishing 4 yards shy of the school record — and set a school record with 51 rushing touchdowns. He's a possibility in the seventh round after running a 4.55 40 into a stiff, cold breeze, a source said, plus caught the ball extremely well during drills.

Wake Forest

It's a down year for the Demon Deacons. Receiver Marshall Williams (6-foot-1) was the only Combine invite, turning in a 4.56 40 there. He caught 60 passes for 867 yards (14.4 average) and six touchdowns as a senior. He did not return kicks.

Russell Nenon (6-4, 295) was a three-year starter, including his junior and senior seasons at center, but probably won't be drafted. If he gets stronger with a year on a practice squad, he has the potential to become a quality player.

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