Houston, who played outside linebacker in the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme in 2010, would be a prime possibility if he's on the board when the Packers are on the clock at No. 32 overall in the first round on April 28.
According to a source, Houston was timed as fast as 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That's a remarkable time for a 6-foot-3, 268-pound man. At the Scouting Combine last month, Houston's first 10 yards were faster than any other outside linebacker prospect — even the supremely athletic Von Miller of Texas A&M or Dontay Moch of Nevada, even though Houston outweighs those guys by about 20 pounds.
During an All-American season, Houston posted 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for losses.
The Bulldogs have a few other noteworthy prospects.
Green Bay covets versatility with its offensive linemen, and perhaps nobody in this draft is more versatile than Clint Boling. A two-time all-conference player and four-year starter, Boling started at left tackle, right guard and right tackle during his senior year alone. The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder probably projects best to guard but he'd be worth a look at right tackle when the time comes for Bryan Bulaga to move to left tackle.
Shaun Chapas is a versatile fullback for a team that might want to find someone more reliable than oft-injured Korey Hall. Finally, a real standout at the pro day was 6-foot-5 receiver Kris Durham, with a 40-yard time of 4.43 by at least two scouts and a 35-inch vertical, according to a source. Durham, an Academic All-District selection, caught 32 passes for 659 yards and three touchdowns opposite superstar A.J. Green.
The Wolf Pack have two big-time prospects who might interest the Packers: outside linebacker Dontay Moch and tight end Virgil Green.
Moch (6-1, 248) had an electric Scouting Combine with his 40-yard time of 4.44 seconds. Moch was first-team all-WAC during his final three seasons, with 26.5 sacks during that period. As a senior, he posted 8.5 sacks and a whopping 22 tackles for losses. The Packers love their outside linebackers to be physical so he probably wouldn't be a target in the second round.
Green (6-3, 249) had a great Combine, including a 42-inch vertical leap that was better than every offensive player there. He caught 35 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. The Packers have Jermichael Finley as a pass-catching threat but there has to be some concern with a knee that cost him three games in 2009 and most of the season in 2010. He'd be an intriguing target if available in the fourth round.
The Rebels' top prospect is Jerrell Powe (6-2, 335) could be worth a look as a nose tackle in the fourth or fifth round. A three-year starter, he had 20.5 tackles for losses during his final two seasons. A late-round/free-agent possibility would be safety Johnny Brown, an attacking, downhill safety who had 235 tackles and two interceptions as a four-year starter. Another free-agent possibility would be Markeith Sumners, a 6-foot-2 target whose career average on 50 receptions is 21.3 yards.
South Dakota State
The Packers had a scout for the Jackrabbits' pro day, with three players worth a look as undrafted free agents.
Running back Kyle Minett (5-10, 215) is a three-time Academic All-American who is the school's career leading with 4,277 rushing yards. He rushed for 1,208 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. Tight end Colin Cochart (6-4, 255) was a three-year starter who really helped himself on Tuesday. As a senior, he caught 31 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns. According to a source, he was about 4.70 in the 40, his 4.21 in the shuttle was topped by only two tight ends at the Combine and his 29 reps on the bench press were two more than any tight end at the Combine. Inside linebacker Derek Domino (6-3, 255) had back-to-back 100-tackle seasons.
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