Pro Day Tour: Packers Watch OLB Candidates

Packers scouts attended at least seven pro days on Wednesday, with RG3 not the only star at Baylor. The Packers are leaving no stones unturned in their search for a pass-rushing linebacker, a point amplified by today's roundup. Plus, the Packers saw a draft-worthy quarterback.

Robert Griffin III not only was the headliner of Baylor's pro day on Wednesday but one of the headliners of this season's pro day circuit.

Of course, Griffin's draft fate basically has been determined, with the Colts expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck at No. 1 and the Redskins having moved up to the No. 2 slot to presumably take Griffin.

So, for all the buzz surrounding Griffin, his workout — sterling as it was — his day was largely irrelevant to the rest of the league and especially the Green Bay Packers.

For the Packers, who lost Pro Bowler Scott Wells in free agency to the Rams, the player they appear to be coveting is center Philip Blake. The Toronto native essentially took the day off after a superb performance at the Scouting Combine last month and a strong week at the Senior Bowl in January.

"No point doing them again and taking a chance of getting hurt," Blake said.

About the only knock on Blake is he's 26. However, he's mature, smart and versatile, having started at right tackle and center at Baylor and guard at the Senior Bowl.

"I feel like I can be versatile enough to play different spots if need be," Blake said. "Right now, I'm used to the center position, but I feel comfortable playing other positions. I know that's important in the NFL."

The second player of interest is Nicolas Jean-Baptiste (6-2, 335), who in a horrible nose tackle class clearly will get drafted. He's a big, tough, high-character guy who's hard to move. He's a former walk-on.

Big running back Terrance Ganaway (6-0, 241) ran an impressive 4.51 in the 40, according to a source, and caught the ball better than his 12 career receptions would indicate. As a senior, he rumbled for 1,547 yards (6.2 average) and 21 touchdowns.

"We always joked that Robert had five options when he passed, and the fifth one was to take off and run," Ganaway joked.

The Packers like big backs but he might be a bit one-dimensional for their tastes.

San Diego State

Given Matt Flynn's free-agent departure and the gaping hole opposite Clay Matthews, quarterback Ryan Lindley and linebacker Miles Burris were the players of interest for Green Bay.

Burris was a three-year starter, and as a junior and senior, he piled up a combined 17.5 sacks and 39 tackles for losses. He's definitely a Green Bay kind of player, with a relentless motor and having been named to the Mountain West Conference's all-academic team all four seasons. Burris (6-2, 236) ran the 40 in 4.67 seconds, and he did a back flip after one of the drills. He could play outside in a 3-4, and the Ravens scout at the pro day worked him out at inside linebacker. He's worked his way into a midround prospect.

Lindley was outstanding, a source at the workout said, and he could go early in Day 3. There are no doubts about his arm. As a senior, his 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions were the best of his career but his 53.0 percent accuracy was the worst. With a coach who can iron out the flaws in his mechanics, Lindley could develop into a starting-caliber player.


The Packers are leaving no stone unturned in their search for a pass-rushing outside linebacker.

The Green Wave won't have anyone selected but Dezman Moses would be worth a look. In his two season at Tulane, Moses (6-2, 252) bagged 15.5 sacks. Moses opened his career at Iowa and played in 16 games in two seasons. As a sophomore in 2008, he was suspended for public intoxication and wound up transferring, though he's on good terms with coach Kirk Ferentz, and he was suspended for unspecified reasons for two games at the start of the 2010 season at Tulane, as well.

While teams will take that into account, they'll be pleased with what they saw on Wednesday. His 40-yard time of 4.82 seconds wasn't great but he was excellent in the other drills, including a 36.5-inch vertical leap. He also looked good in defensive end and linebacker drills, both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage. One source compared him to the Eagles' Trent Cole.


Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey was on hand, and he probably had a close eye on Brett Roy. Roy led the Western Athletic Conference with 10 sacks and 18.5 tackles for losses. All 18 of his sacks came in his final two seasons — not bad for a player who walked on at Nevada as a safety. and gained about 80 pounds during his five years at the school. He was first-team all-conference at defensive tackle, but a source said he's coveted as an outside linebacker.

His motor and run-stuffing ability make him a great fit in Green Bay's scheme, where coordinator Dom Capers covets an all-around player rather than a speed rusher.

The 276-pounder ran his 40 in 4.84 on Wednesday.

Nevada has two inside linebacker prospects: James-Michael Johnson (6-1, 241) and Brandon Marshall (6-1, 242). Johnson, who had 100 tackles as a senior, mostly stuck with his numbers from the Scouting Combine (4.68 in the 40, 37-inch vertical and 23 reps on the bench) but went through position drills. He could go in Day 2. Marshall, who had 102 tackles as a senior, clocked a 4.63 on Wednesday. He's a solid Day 3 prospect.

Prairie View A&M

The search for a pass rush continued with Adrian Hamilton, who broke the SWAC's single-season sacks record held by the Colts' Robert Mathis with 20.5. That led FCS, and his 26 tackles for losses ranked second.

Hamilton ran as fast as 4.75, which isn't impressive until you consider the circumstances. The workout was scheduled for a high school, but the field was being used for a soccer game. So, Hamilton tested on a soccer practice field, and slogged his way through tall, wet grass and windy conditions. Nonetheless, his 10-yard time of 1.55 seconds would have ranked near the top at the Scouting Combine.

Hamilton looked good in position drills, where he was put to the test as the only player going through linebacker and defensive line drills.

Boston College

The Eagles figure to have two players selected in the draft: stud middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, who almost set the FBS career record in tackles even while playing only three seasons, and cornerback Donnie Fletcher. Kuechly is a potential top-10 pick; Fletcher's performance might have put him into the third-round conversation.

At 6-foot, Fletcher has the height the Packers love, and a 40-yard time as fast as 4.38 seconds shows he's got the athletic ability, too. Fletcher intercepted 11 passes in 51 games (30 starts).


The headliner was Mohammed Sanu (6-2, 211), a sure-handed receiver who obliterated Larry Fitzgerald's Big East single-season receptions record with 115 grabs. He ran as fast as 4.48 seconds, according to Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline.

A source said the Packers are high on Desmond Wynn (6-6, 303), a two-year starter at guard who started his career on the defensive line. His height's an issue, though, as 6-foot-6 oftentimes is too tall to play inside, but he might be athletic enough to merit a look at right tackle. He's a late-round prospect.

Defensive end Justin Francis (6-2, 268) is late-round/undrafted prospect who projects to outside linebacker. He led the team with 6.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits and three blocked kicks.

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