Pro Day Tour: First-Round WR

We continue our daily pursuit of the Packers' scouts as they attended at least five Pro Days on Tuesday. Topping the list was a trek to Pittsburgh, which featured big-play wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin.

Unless you hold a pick in the top 10, your choices for wide receivers generally are big or fast.

At pick No. 32 of the first round, the Green Bay Packers might have a shot at both traits in Pittsburgh's Jonathan Baldwin, who they watched at Tuesday's pro day.

Baldwin measured 6-foot-4 3/8 at the Scouting Combine, where he ran his 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.50 seconds. As a sophomore in 2009, Baldwin was simply dominant with 57 catches, 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns. He took a step backward statistically as a junior, due in part to substandard quarterback play after Bill Stull's departure, but caught 53 balls for 822 yards and five scores.

The Packers tend to like big receivers. Greg Jennings is the anomaly at 5-foot-11, but Jordy Nelson (second round, 2008) is 6-foot-3 and James Jones (third round, 2007) is a muscular 6-foot-1. Even Ruvell Martin (6-foot-4) stuck around for a few years.

Baldwin took part only in position drills on Tuesday.

A possibility in the second round — though they might have to trade up to get him — is Jabaal Sheard, a college defensive end who would have to make the switch to outside linebacker. Sheard (6-3, 264) played in an NFL-style defense under former coach Dave Wannstedt, piling up 19.5 sacks in three seasons — including a senior campaign of nine sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and four forced fumbles. He ran a 4.69 40 at the Combine.

A possibility in the third round is Jason Pinkston. An all-conference left tackle at Pitt, he'd probably have to move to right tackle or guard in the NFL. The Packers love drafting left tackles and moving them inside, so that certainly wouldn't be an issue. Pinkston (6-3, 317) moves better than his 40-yard time of 5.47 would indicate.

A real wild card is running back Dion Lewis. At 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, he's probably too small for the Packers' tastes. After a sluggish 40 time of 4.57 seconds at the Combine, he was clocked in the high 4.4s on Tuesday. In two seasons, he rushed for 2,860 yards and 30 touchdowns, plus caught a total of 52 passes. He's not a home run hitter but is content to pound it between the tackles and beat guys in the hole and open field.

Delaware

A few years ago, scouts flocked to Delaware for Joe Flacco. They flocked to Delaware this time for another quarterback, Pat Devlin.

To be sure, Devlin isn't Flacco. Flacco was a first-round draft choice because of his polish and his big arm. Devlin just has the polish. There are major questions about Devlin's arm strength but there are no questions about how he plays the position.

Devlin (6-foot-4), who transferred to Delaware from Penn State, completed 68.0 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and three interceptions during a brilliant senior season that ended with a loss in the national title game. Scouts love his lightning-fast release, intelligence and ability to move in the pocket. But can he make all the throws to be a legit NFL starter? The answer to that question will determine if he sneaks into Day 2 or lingers deep into Day 3.

An undrafted possibility would be Anthony Walters, a 6-foot cornerback who picked off seven passes as a senior.

Florida

The main attractions were two offensive linemen, center Mike Pouncey and tackle Marcus Gilbert.

Pouncey is the brother of Maurkice Pouncey, the standout rookie center who missed the Super Bowl with a severe ankle injury. The verdict is out on Mike Pouncey, though. Some scouts have said it it wasn't for the family name, Mike Pouncey would be a second-round prospect instead of a possible first-rounder. The 6-foot-5, 303-pounder is a terrific athlete and would be perfect for the Packers' scheme, where he could start his career at guard — which is where he played when his brother played center for the Gators.

Gilbert (6-6, 330) just doesn't fit the mold of a Packers blocker, even though they've gone away from a pure zone scheme. The Packers probably will have little interest in the Gators' talented safety tandem of Will Hill and Ahmad Black. Hill, who entered the draft following his junior season, is sinking like a stone after some vulgar messages were left under his Twitter handle to go with a two-game suspension to start this past season. He is clearly talented, however, and was a standout cover man on special teams as a freshman. The 5-foot-9 Black simply doesn't have the size the Packers like.

Montana State

Mike Person was an All-American left tackle for the Bobcats, not allowing a sack as a senior. He tested well at the Scouting Combine — only three of the collegiate tackles there ran faster than his 5.19 in the 40 — and projects as a seventh-round possibility, most likely at guard.

Kansas State

The Wildcats' only draft-worthy prospect is big running back Daniel Thomas, who didn't run at the Combine and wasn't healthy for his pro day, attended by scout Jon-Eric Sullivan, because of a hamstring injury. He'll attempt to run at a personal pro day on April 4 in hopes of solidifying a spot in the second round.

Thomas, a junior college quarterback, rushed for 1,585 yards and 19 touchdowns and added 21 receptions in 2010. Thomas (6-0, 230) has the power to fight for extra yardage, has natural vision and brings an added dimension because of his quarterback history, but sometimes runs too upright, leading to unnecessary punishment. He's a lot like James Starks in that regard and was a fumbler in college, like Starks, with seven as a senior.

Air Force

The Packers did not have a scout in Colorado Springs on Monday, but it's worth noting that Colorado School of Mines nose tackle prospect Blaine Sumner bench-pressed 225 pounds a whopping 52 times. Sumner, who will turn 24 in June, probably won't be drafted because of suspect competition at the Division II school but he'd be worth a look for defensive line depth.


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