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.
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.
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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