Pro Day Tour: Citadel Corner

We continue our daily pursuit of Packers' scouts at four pro days, including cornerback Cortez Allen putting on an impressive display at The Citadel.

The Green Bay Packers are proof positive that you can find standout cornerbacks anywhere.

On Monday, scout Brian Gutekunst was at The Citadel, where the star attraction was 6-foot-1 cornerback Cortez Allen. Allen stuck with his 4.46 40 time at the Scouting Combine, improved his vertical jump to 37.5 inches and looked good in position drills on a wet field, a source told Packer Report.

With his height, speed and jumping ability, Allen has all the tools to blossom into a starting cornerback. Moreover, only two cornerbacks at the Combine had longer arms than Allen's 32 1/4-inchers. Those traits give him a shot to be drafted in the fourth round.

Allen, who didn't start playing high school football until his senior season at North Marion High School in Citra, Fla., picked off two passes as a senior for The Citadel.

We'll have a feature on Allen later.

Cincinnati

Assistant director of college scouting Shaun Herock made the trek, even though the Bearcats' top prospect, athletic center Jason Kelce, is out after having his appendix removed after the Scouting Combine.

Armon Bins, a 6-3 receiver, caught 75 passes for 1,011 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. Despite those terrific numbers, he's not expected to be drafted because he lacks explosion and doesn't play overly physical.

One name to keep in mind is kicker Jake Rogers. Mason Crosby figures to be an unrestricted free agent once a collective bargaining agreement is reached. The Packers want him back but they can't control the bidding of other kicker-hungry teams. Rogers probably won't get drafted but has a big leg (17 of his 63 kickoffs went for touchbacks) and can punt, as well, though the Packers don't need a punter.

Rice

The Owls' Cheta Ozougwu, an academic all-district selection and a finalist for the national Lowe's Senior Class Award, was the main attraction. He started 43 consecutive games. As a senior he had three sacks and three forced fumbles while being the focus of opposing offenses.

Ozougwu (6-2, 247) played defensive end in college but obviously would have to move to outside linebacker for Green Bay. He rushes with some power and might me worthy a seventh-round flier.

Missouri Western

Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State, Central Missouri and several other schools gathered at the Kansas City Chiefs' practice facility at Missouri Western.

The best prospect is Northwest Missouri State cornerback Ryan Jones, who competed at Missouri's pro day that featured Blaine Gabbert and was watched by dozens of scouts. He tweaked his hamstring there and it was still bothering him on Monday, though he managed a 40-inch vertical leap and did position drills anyway, according to a source.

The 5-foot-11 Jones was a Division II All-American after picking off six passes as a senior. He's a potential fourth-round pick.

The second-best prospect, though he won't get drafted, is Lindenwood receiver Jamere Holland. The 5-foot-11 was on Oregon's Rose Bowl team in 2009 but was suspended for the bowl game because of academics and then dismissed after ripping coach Chip Kelly on face book. At Lindenwood, he caught 42 passes for 899 yards (21.4 average) with eight touchdowns, plus averaged 17.7 yards on punt returns with a touchdown.

Northwest Missouri State's Roberto Davis (6-2, 247) was the defensive MVP of the NFLPA all-star game after recording two sacks. He'd be a possibility to add to the mix at outside linebacker.


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