Pro Day Tour: Texas Three-Step; Ted's at UCLA

We continue our daily pursuit of the Packers' scouts with a big day on Tuesday. At Texas, the three Longhorns' cornerbacks impressed. And who did Ted Thompson go to UCLA to watch? That and two follow-up pro days that we missed, including corner Curtis Marsh.

Everything's bigger in Texas, or so the saying goes.

And that includes their cornerbacks. The Green Bay Packers like tall cornerbacks and the Longhorns had three good ones on display at Tuesday's pro day.

None of them disappointed.

Aaron Williams, who we discussed as a first-round possibility and long-term replacement for Charles Woodson as the do-it-all cornerback at the heart of Dom Capers' scheme, silenced any skeptics about his speed after running a 4.52 at the Scouting Combine. Most of the scouts had him at 4.42 and 4.44, though a couple had him faster, a source told Packer Report.

"I definitely accomplished my goal today," Williams told reporters afterward. "I think they said I ran a 4.36. That was one of the factors I had to work on since the Combine. I felt really strong coming in, and when I ran it I felt good. When they told me the time, I was excited and just really ready to get to the position drills."

Curtis Brown, who is vying to be at the top of that third group of corners and get into the middle of the second round, did only position drills while battling the flu, which kept him in bed for four days. Chykie Brown, who's considered a fourth-round possibility after missing time as a sophomore and senior with injuries, was timed in 4.35 with a 39-inch vertical leap.

All three corners are 6-foot. Packers general manager Ted Thompson never has drafted a corner shorter than 6-foot during his tenure in Green Bay.

Another highly regarded player is Sam Acho (6-2, 259), who recorded 19 sacks over the previous two seasons. He also cleaned up on the football/academic awards, including the academic equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

"I just wanted to show the guys I could drop into linebacker," he said. "All the scouts and coaches have seen me run the 40 and do the bench press and vertical, but what I wanted to prove today was that I could play linebacker and that's what I think I did today."


The Bruins have two big-time prospects, and they drew Packers general manager Ted Thompson out of his Lambeau Field office to attend, a source told Packer Report.

Akeem Ayers, a standout outside linebacker in UCLA's 4-3 scheme, would be a great fit as a bookend to Clay Matthews. And in the Packer Report Magazine draft preview that we're finishing, we tell you why safety Rahim Moore makes sense on a defense that features Nick Collins and Morgan Burnett at the position.

We featured Ayers on March 10, about a week after his disappointing 4.84 at the Combine. He was timed in 4.69 and 4.71 seconds on Tuesday, according to a source. While the media draft analysts focus only on sacks when it comes to 3-4 outside linebackers, Ayers is the type of complete player that Dom Capers prefers. That total package has him a lot higher on draft boards then the analysts believe and it's hardly a sure thing that he'd be available at No. 32.

Defensive end David Carter (6-5, 297), a first-time starter as a senior, has perfect size for the position. and played well at the East-West all-star game.

And here's one final name to consider: kicker Kai Forbath. Mason Crosby's a free agent and Forbath is arguably the second-best kicker in the draft behind Nebraska's Alex Henery. While Crosby has never made 80 percent of his kicks in a season, Forbath's career mark was 84.2 percent, and he once made 40 straight from inside of 50 yards.

Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina invited several of South Carolina's smaller schools, meaning at least 10 players who will either be drafted late or signed an undrafted rookies.

Four of them were safeties: Coastal Carolina's Dominque Davenport (six interceptions, including two for touchdowns), Newberry's Ron Parker (five interceptions as a junior in 2010 with sub-4.4 speed), Wofford All-American Tommy Irvin (four interceptions and Academic All-District) and Furman All-American Max Lerner (three interceptions). Plus, Charleston Southern All-American receiver Gerald Stevenson returned three kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior while catching 54 passes for 777 yards. The 5-foot-9 Stevenson was timed as fast as 4.42, a source said.


— Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh (6-1) probably made himself a few bucks on Monday. He was timed as fast as 4.37 in the 40, had a 10-yard split of 1.56 seconds and looked sharp in position drills, according to a source who attended the workout.

Marsh is clearly on the Packers' radar, even though the source said they were not in attendance. Packers offensive assistant John Rushing used to be Utah State's cornerbacks coach.

— On Monday, we told you about the small-school Missouri colleges holding a pro day. On March 18, touted Missouri State lineman David Arkin, a left tackle as a senior after playing right guard his first three seasons, ran 5.10 (give or take a couple hundredths). He was a Football Championship Subdivision All-American and an Academic All-American. He'd be an intriguing addition in the fourth or fifth round.

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