As a fallback plan, the Packers appear to be very high on Shea McClellin, who they got another look at during Boise State's pro day on Thursday.
McClellin stood on his numbers from the Scouting Combine – where he had a formal interview with the Packers. A defensive end at Boise, McClellin played mostly linebacker at the Senior Bowl, and on Thursday he went through drills at outside linebacker (led by the Ravens, Patriots and Browns) and defensive line.
McClellin (6-3, 258), a high-energy player who tallied 16.5 sacks and 26 tackles for losses during his final two seasons, "continues to impress at every opportunity," according to a source. He could be a target in the second round if the Packers are convinced he's strong enough against the run.
If McClellin is off the board, the Packers could turn to two other Boise State players in the second round: defensive end Billy Winn (6-4, 294) and safety George Iloka (6-4, 225). Wynn, who had 15.5 sacks while starting 41 games, ran his 40 in 4.84 seconds. The Packers blew a pick on another towering safety, Aaron Rouse, but Iloka is fluid enough that he started at cornerback late in his senior season. His lack of production (seven career interceptions; none as a senior) is troubling.
Finally, Kellen Moore lacks a powerful arm but has all the intangibles at quarterback. Moore is the all-time wins leader among FBS quarterbacks. He completed a ridiculous 74.3 percent of his passes as a senior, and followed that by completing 51-of-53 attempts at pro day. Based on height and arm strength, he probably shouldn't get drafted, but quarterback is about more than physical traits and he'll go in the sixth or seventh round.
Stanford This just in: Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 pick of the draft.
Fighting wind gusts of an estimated 20 mph, Luck completed 45 of the 48 passes quarterbacks guru George Whitfield told scouts before the workout his pupil would be throwing. Only one pass - a deep ball early in his session - was thrown poorly. The pass held up in the wind and fluttered, though it was caught. The three incompletions were perfectly thrown passes delivered to wide receivers Griff Whalen and Chris Owusu, as well as one thrown to tight end Coby Fleener, that slipped through the fingers of his normally sure-handed targets.
"(Luck's) throwing session was the kind of workout we all expected," one high-ranking team official thought to be considering a quarterback told NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "The quick release, mobility, anticipation and touch were all there. He also showed a bit more arm strength than you might have thought based on tape, especially on that last deep ball. It was wind-aided, of course, but that ball went 70-plus (yards) and he didn't wind up; he just let it rip."
Fleener (6-5, 241), who potentially will be the first tight end selected, was clocked between 4.45-4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash and, more important, carried over that speed into a positional workout that featured several impressive catches, including one down the deep middle in which he was forced to turn back toward the ball and adjust to a high pass thrown slightly behind him. The only knock on Fleener is he doesn't block as well as the man who inspired his first name: Hall of Fame offensive tackle Joe Jacoby.
Other than Luck, the prospect most scouts feel is the safest of Stanford's incredible 2012 draft class is right guard David DeCastro. Tenacious, physical and athletic, DeCastro has earned comparisons to some of the greatest guards in recent NFL history. Stanford head coach David Shaw compared DeCastro to former All-Pro Steve Wisniewski, a man he helped coach while both were with the Raiders.
As impressive as DeCastro was, former linemate Jonathan Martin was disappointing. Advertised as a top-notch athlete, the first-team all-Pac 12 left tackle was timed at 5.33 seconds in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash. Worse, this attempt was aided by the wind. Martin came in at 5.43 seconds, according to scouts, on his second attempt against the wind. Perhaps more alarming was that the 6-foot-5, 307-pound Martin lifted the bar only 20 times during the bench press and wasn't as fluid or explosive as DeCastro during position drills. Nonetheless, three impressive years protecting Luck's blind side speaks for itself and will almost surely keep the big man in the draft's initial frame.
Then there were four late-round/undrafted prospects. Receiver Chris Owusu, whose career was plagued by concussions, ran a 4.36 at the Combine and caught the ball well during drills Thursday. Safety Delano Howell, a three-time all-conference selection, ran as fast as 4.52 in the 40 with a 38-inch vertical leap. A safety/cornerback who opened eyes was Johnson Bademosi, who clocked at a startling 4.35 with a 40-inch vertical. Defensive lineman Matt Masifilo (6-3 1/2, 300) put up 38 reps on the bench and ran the 40 in 5.12.
-- Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange/NFL Draft Scout
The Tigers' top prospects are cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive lineman Michael Brockers, but both will be long gone by the time the Packers are on the clock in the first round. The Packers also would have little interest in a pair of second- or third-round prospects, receiver Rueben Randle and tight end Deangelo Peterson because the Packers are so stocked at those positions.
That leaves some late-round prospects to remember. Quarterback Jordan Jefferson (6-4) had a formal interview with the Packers at the Scouting Combine. He's been working on his mechanics with former NFL standout Chad Pennington. Jefferson has all the tools but suffers from scattershot accuracy.
Safety Brandon Taylor (5-11, 209) could be a target in the fourth round. He's a solid tackler and, as a former cornerback, can cover. Taylor's brother, Curtis, was a running back for LSU's national championship team in 2007 and was drafted by the 49ers. Brandon started 33 games and bagged four interceptions.
Cornerback Ron Brooks (5-10 1/2) showed decent speed (4.56) and some explosion (38-inch vertical leap). Brooks spent his career lost on the Tigers' incredible cornerback depth chart. He started three games in his career (all as a senior) and picked off three passes.
South Dakota and South Dakota State
The schools held a joint pro day, and South Dakota State receiver Dale Moss tore it up. We'll have more on Moss, perhaps the biggest Scouting Combine snub, on Friday.
Quarterback Dominique Davis (6-foot-3), who is the brother of former Bears tight end Desmond Clark, might be worth a seventh-round pick. During his final two seasons, he completed 66 percent of his passes with 62 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. He's a tremendous athlete and can throw a rocket, but he's a mess mechanically. Teams love his competitiveness.
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