Pro Day Tour: Raising Cane

We continue our daily pursuit of the Packers' scouts at two pro days, including a big one at Miami, where receiver Leonard Hankerson was the draw for Green Bay.

Alonzo Highsmith returned to his alma mater Friday for Miami's rescheduled pro day, which was rained out two weeks ago.

As we reported on March 2, the Packers held a formal interview at the Scouting Combine with receiver Leonard Hankerson. The 6-foot-2 Hankerson has the size the Packers like. His 13 touchdown receptions in 2010 broke the school record held by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, and his 1,156 receiving yards broke the school record held by his favorite player, Texans star Andre Johnson.

His 4.43 at the Combine was the second-fastest 40-yard time among the big-school receivers. He went through position drills only on Friday.

Other Hurricanes of note are guard/tackle Orlando Franklin, running back Graig Cooper and cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Franklin (6-6, 319) spent his first three seasons at guard before moving to left tackle as a senior. Even Franklin said guard's his best spot. Question is, at his height, can he excel in the NFL or will he have to be groomed to play right tackle? He could be an option at the end of Round 2 if the Packers think he can play right tackle but probably isn't quick enough to play guard in Green Bay's scheme.

Cooper (5-10, 205) looked like a top prospect, with 2,218 rushing yards, 60 receptions and success as a kickoff returner during his first three seasons, but tore his ACL in the bowl game that capped his junior year. He was almost a nonfactor as a senior, then ran a 4.65 40 at the Combine that he failed to improve upon on Friday. He'll probably be drafted in the sixth or seventh round just so that team can avoid the mad scramble of undrafted free agency.

Van Dyke (6-foot-1) is simply an athlete after blowing away the Combine with his 40-yard time of 4.28. He started three games as a senior so he's anything but a finished product. Then again, look what happened with Sam Shields, who had a modest senior season at Miami.

Two of the Hurricanes' top prospects probably don't meet the Packers' specifications. Cornerback Brandon Harris, a projected first-rounder, stands just 5-foot-9 1/2. Defensive end Allen Bailey (6-3, 275), who could go late in the second round, probably doesn't have the bulk the Packers prefer in their defensive linemen.

Arizona State

Lawrence Guy is a great story, overcoming dyslexia to become an honor student in the classroom and a dominant defensive lineman on the football field.

A starter for most of his three seasons, he finished his career with eight sacks and 23 tackles for losses despite facing double-team blocks for most of his career. Unlike Bailey, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Guy has the ideal physique and athletic ability to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, and that's a spot the Packers need to fill with Cullen Jenkins' expected departure and Johnny Jolly's latest legal misstep.

Because of the outstanding defensive line depth in this draft, Guy could fall into the Packers' laps in the third round.


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