Pro Day Tour: Electric Receiver

We continue our daily pursuit of the Packers' scouts as they attended at least five pro days on Wednesday. There was plenty of first-round talent on display at Maryland, Illinois and Penn State. Plus, some interesting quarterback scoop.

The Green Bay Packers might have watched their first-round pick in action during Maryland's pro day on Wednesday.

Torrey Smith (6-foot-1) took part only in position drills after ranking second among receivers at the Scouting Combine with a 41-inch vertical jump and fourth with a 40-yard time of 4.43 seconds. A source said he turned in a tremendous workout, catching everything in sight, though the knock on his route-running remains. He'd be a bit of a project for new receivers coach Edgar Bennett.

Smith would fill a couple of needs on a receiver corps that could be down James Jones if and when free agency begins. Smith entered the draft following a junior season in which he caught 67 passes for 1,055 yards (15.7 average) and 12 touchdowns. He's also been a stellar kickoff returner. While he averaged just 19.5 yards in 2010, he averaged 25.7 with two touchdowns in 2009 and 25.9 with a touchdown in 2008.

The Terps' other Combine star was running back Da'Rel Scott, whose 4.34 time in the 40 was the fastest among the backs. Even with that blazing speed and good size (5-11, 211), he's not expected to go until Day 3. He rushed for 1,133 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore but never approached those numbers for the rest of his career. He returned some kickoffs as a freshman and is limited as a receiver.

In the seventh round, Alex Wujciak piled up 117 tackles as a senior, a figure that actually was down from his production as a junior (131) and sophomore (133). He's not a sideline-to-sideline defender but he's physical and has a nose for the ball.


The Fighting Illini have three first-round prospects — all juniors — though none might be in play for the Packers.

Linebacker Martez Wilson racked up 112 tackles, including 11.5 for losses and four sacks, as a junior. Some teams see him as an inside guy, which the Packers obviously don't need at the top of the draft. Others think he could play on the outside in a 3-4 but he's probably not the physical kind of player the Packers covet at that position.

Standout defensive tackle Corey Liuget (6-2, 301) generally is too short to be considered as a 3-4 end, especially in the first round, but he played that position well in college. A full-time starter only in 2010, Liuget tallied 4.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for losses to earn all-Big Ten first-team honors. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell raved about Liuget's workout afterward.

Running back Mikel Leshoure is a terrific all-around prospect who impressed scouts with his hands after rarely being used as a receiver for the Illini (31 catches combined the last two seasons). He rushed for 1,443 yards (6.0 average) and 16 touchdowns in 2010 but the Packers probably think they're set with James Starks joining a healthy Ryan Grant. He ran a 4.59 40 at the Combine so isn't much of a home-run hitter.

Penn State

Another potential first-rounder from the Big Ten is Stefen Wisniewski. Wisniewski (6-3, 306) was a four-year starter, his first two seasons at guard, center as a junior and back to guard as a senior. An Academic All-American, Wisniewski has the genes that Ted Thompson loves — his father, Leo, played four seasons for the Colts and his uncle, Steve, was an eight-time All-Pro for the Raiders.

A superb technician and a good athlete for his size, about the only concern is he's so good now that there's not a lot of room to improve.

Most scouts think his best position is center, but he'd be the favorite to start at left guard immediately for the Packers.

If the Packers are worried about losing Brandon Jackson, Evan Royster could be an option late in the draft. A three-time 1,000-yard rusher, Royster is Penn State's career leader with 3,938 rushing yards. A sure-handed receiving threat (25 catches as a senior) and proven blocker, Royster is a quality player but not really explosive (4.54 on Penn State's fast track).

Florida State

All eyes were on quarterback Christian Ponder, who might have worked his way into the first round after superb performances at the Senior Bowl, Combine and on campus. At the pro day, he threw to potential Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce.

The Packers don't need Ponder but two-time All-American Rodney Hudson could be in the picture in the second round. Hudson (6-2, 299) was a four-year starter at guard and a two-time ACC offensive lineman of the year. His build is more suited to center, where he could be groomed to be the successor to Scott Wells. He's extremely quick but not the most powerful guy.

California (PA)

The Division II program only has one truly NFL-worthy prospect, quarterback Josh Portis, whose cousin is running back Clinton Portis. The Packers were one of only two teams in attendance, signaling a keen interest in the strong-armed, athletic passer. The Packers made the trek even though they watched Pitt's pro day on Tuesday, when Portis was brought in to throw passes to first-round receiver prospect Jonathan Baldwin. According to a source, Portis completed 30-of-33 passes at Pitt. He didn't work out on Wednesday but was present.

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