Pro Day Tour: Do Packers Covet Cornerback?

After a quiet Friday and no action to speak of Saturday through Monday, the pro day tour picked up steam on Tuesday. The Packers sent a scout to at least three pro days. At one of them was a small-school cornerback who, the evidence suggests, might be one targeted by Green Bay.

This year's cornerback class is filled with small-school standouts.

Of the 37 cornerbacks invited to this year's Scouting Combine, nine of them played in the Football Championship Subdivision or Division II.

Interestingly, from Packer Report's daily rundowns, the Green Bay Packers sent a scout to just one of those cornerbacks' pro days, and that was Josh Norman at Coastal Carolina's pro day on Tuesday.

Just what that means is impossible to know. One possibility is the Packers are slow-playing their interest in one of those cornerbacks. The other possibility is Norman is a player of great interest. If the latter is true, Norman did nothing to hurt his prospects on Tuesday.

After running his 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds at the Scouting Combine, Norman was timed in 4.56 seconds at pro day. That's not good for a cornerback, but scouts not only take note of the conditions but have a way of computing those figures to make more of an apples-to-apples comparison between a player who ran on a fast track and one who ran through a proverbial hayfield. Norman ran his 40 on wet, thick grass, and scouts translated his time to 4.46.

Combined with a strong positional workout, a source told Packer Report that Norman "performed the way everybody wanted to see."

Norman was a first-team All-American in FCS as a senior, when he intercepted two passes and had 10 passes defensed while rarely being tested. For his career, he had 13 interceptions, and set school records with eight interceptions in 2009 and four blocked kicks for his career.

At 6-foot, he's got the height the Packers covet at the position, and he's at his best playing press-man at the line of scrimmage. He answered some questions about his level of competition by performing well at the East-West Shrine Game and the following week at the Senior Bowl.

"Most people don't think he'll get out of the second round (of the draft)," the source said.

Arkansas State

The Red Wolves have two midround prospects, and a source said the Packers like them both.

Linebacker DeMario Davis (6-2, 239) ran his 40 in 4.56 seconds with a tremendous 38.5-inch vertical leap, according to a source. He had a tremendous positional workout, and he could provide depth inside and outside in a 3-4 scheme and eventually compete for a starting position down the line. We have much more on Davis from NFL Scouting.

Safety Kelcie McCray (6-2, 202) stuck with his 40-yard time from the Scouting Combine (4.54) but had a 33.5-inch vertical leap and 12 reps on the bench. He picked off four passes as a senior and 10 for his career, and he flashed those same ball skills during his position workout.

Stephen F. Austin

The school probably won't have anyone drafted, though lineman George Bias is an intriguing prospect for the Packers, who love to draft left tackles and move them to guard. Bias (6-3, 305) started at tackle for his final three-and-a-half seasons. Playing left tackle as a senior, he was a first-team All-American as the anchor of an offensive line that yielded just five sacks while the quarterbacks threw 544 passes.

Kentucky

Safety Winston Guy, who injured his groin at the Scouting Combine and wasn't healthy enough to test at Kentucky's pro day earlier this month, held an individual workout. The Packers did not attend, according to a source, but considering the team's need at the position, it's worth noting his performance. Guy ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds with a 36-inch vertical – not great, but not bad considering he's coming back from injury. Guy was a three-year starter who ranked second in the SEC with 120 tackles as a senior.


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