Packers West Coast scout Sam Seale, who finished his career with the Chargers and lives in San Diego, was there to watch the Aztecs' star attraction, receiver Vincent Brown.
Brown (5-foot-11) was nothing but productive, with 69 catches for 1,352 yards and 10 touchdowns during a superlative senior season. He flashed his big-play ability with a 50-yard reception in six of 13 games, and finished the season with seven touchdowns in his final four games.
At the Senior Bowl, Brown showed his production wasn't just a byproduct of facing iffy competition in the WAC. He ran superb routes and caught everything in sight during his week in Mobile, Ala. Then came the Scouting Combine, when his 40-yard time of 4.71 made some observers question whether he could be more than just a role player in the NFL — even after averaging a sizzling 19.6 yards per catch as a senior.
If scouts harbored those questions, Brown answered them on Thursday, according to a source. Brown was timed as fast as 4.52 and caught every ball thrown his way. While many online pundits have Brown going in the fifth round, don't be surprised to see Brown go much earlier than that.
Along with scout Jon-Eric Sullivan, Packers guard Daryn Colledge was at his alma mater's pro day.
After a disappointing 40-yard dash at the Combine, receiver Titus Young ran as fast as 4.35, according to the Idaho Statesman's Chadd Cripe. The 6-foot Young, with his big-play ability as a receiver and returner, remains a target for the Packers in the first round.
Young's sidekick at receiver, Austin Pettis, is the opposite of the explosive Young. Pettis (6-3) is a big, physical target who caught 24 touchdown passes over his final two seasons. Pettis, who stuck with his Combine time of 4.61, could be a target in the fourth round.
Another prospect to remember is safety Jeron Johnson, a hard-hitting, four-year starter who potentially could fill Atari Bigby's role as enforcer. A source said the Packers are extremely high on Johnson (5-10, 212), who ran a 4.56 at the Combine and led the Broncos in tackles in each of his last three seasons.
Ryan Winterswyk (6-4, 268) played defensive end for Boise State and was tested at defensive end, outside linebacker and tight end on Thursday. A late-round prospect, Winterswyk walked onto Boise and wound up starting 43 games and earning first-team all-conference accolades three times. He ran his 40 on Thursday in 4.92, according to Cripe. He'd probably fit best as an end in a 4-3 scheme.
Terrell McClain was the main attraction for the Packers. At 6-foot-2 and 297 pounds, he's probably a better fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle, but he's a talented player who could slide in the draft simply because of the outstanding defensive line depth.
A three-year starter, McClain was first-team all-conference as a senior. He caught scouts' attention with a superb week at the East-West all-star game but injured his hamstring during the Senior Bowl. While he might not have ideal height, he could add to the defensive line rotation if still on the board in the fourth round.
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