Pro Day Tour: QB Throws Quite a Deep Ball

On a relatively quiet Monday, the Packers had scouts at Pittsburgh and Central Michigan. They also had a scout at another pro day, where an under-the-radar quarterback put on quite a show.

The Green Bay Packers almost certainly will draft a quarterback in April.

One name to remember, a source told Packer Report, is Tulsa's G.J. Kinne.

With veteran Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith in attendance, Kinne put on a show during Monday's pro day. Kinne isn't big at 6-foot-1 3/8. Any questions about his throwing arm were answered in resounding fashion. According to a source in attendance, Kinne stood at the goal line and threw the ball 84 yards in the air. Any questions about his athletic ability were answered when he ran as fast as 4.59 seconds.

"He was on point with all his throws," the source said.

Kinne completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,090 yards, with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions as a senior. A three-year starter, he threw for 9.472 yards and 81 touchdowns. He's the only player in school history with at least 6,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards. He was the MVP of the AstroTurf NFLPA all-star game after completing 6-of-9 passes for 79 yards with a 20-yard touchdown run.

Curnelius Arnick, an inside linebacker prospect, posted 159 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for losses, as a senior. Arnick (6-1, 234) ran a 4.80.

Both players are late-round draft possibilities.

Pittsburgh

The Panthers have two prospects of major interest to the Packers.

Or maybe it's three.

Entering the day, cornerback Buddy Jackson probably would have been a priority undrafted free agent. Then the 6-foot cornerback ran the 40 between 4.26 and 4.37 seconds with a 40-inch vertical leap, according to a source.

As a senior, Jackson had no interceptions and four passes defensed and averaged 23.6 yards with one touchdown on kickoff returns. Jackson started only as a senior and never picked off a pass in 40 career games. With his height and speed — probably the best combination in the draft — there's little doubt his draft stock rose significantly.

"Just give me an opportunity," he told Tony Greco of PantherDigest.com. "I'll cover kickoffs, I'll block on returns, I'll return kicks. I showed them my versatility. I would love to go out there and be someone's gunner."

As for the aforementioned two prospects of interest, they are defensive end Chas Alecxih and outside linebacker Brandon Lindsey.

Lindsey played outside linebacker in Pitt's 3-4 scheme. He had 18.5 sacks, 28.5 tackles for losses and five forced fumbles during his final two seasons. Lindsey, who ran a 4.7 40 on Monday, will be a mid-round choice.

Alecxih (6-4, 296) is a former walk-on who recorded a combined 13 sacks as a junior and senior. He ran a 5.4 40 at the Scouting Combine when he was suffering from food poisoning. He clocked 5.09 on Monday.

"As soon as the first hint of sickness, they were like, ‘pack it up,'" he said. "I felt good the first night. Then, I had chills, I had diarrhea. It was really bad. I was there, and I wanted to show I could compete. I did it. I was disappointed. I came here, and I improved everything. I feel like I could show a lot more of what I can do (on Monday)."

He figures to be a late-round pick.

Central Michigan

The Chippewas probably won't have anyone drafted. Of note, tight end David Blackburn caught 34 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns. Guard Rocky Weaver graduated from Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek, Mich., with 154 catches and 2,877 receiving yards, figures that ranked fifth and third in Michigan prep history. He caught 11 passes as a redshirt freshman tight end in 2008 before moving to the line. His senior season was cut short by ankle injury.


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