'Wants To Be Perfect at Everything He Does'

In this exclusive, Packer Report tells you about an offensive lineman who worked out for the Packers. You might not have heard of him, but a scout says he's got better film than one of the draft's more highly touted prospects.

With Jeff Saturday signed, sealed and delivered as the Green Bay Packers' short-term solution at center, the team can turn its attention to grooming a developmental prospect.

One possibility is Kent State's Chris Anzevino, who compared his style of play to Saturday. Anzevino, who worked out for the Packers last week, according to Scout.com's Aaron Wilson, is one of the more underrated prospects in the draft. One scout said he has better film than Ohio State's highly touted Michael Brewster.

Anzevino (6-2, 299) moved into the starting lineup during the first game of his redshirt freshman season and never left. He twice was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, which lists the top centers in the nation, and was voted a team captain as a senior.

"He's got a tremendous work ethic, and he wants to be perfect at everything he does," coach Darrell Hazell told the Tribune Chronicle of Warren, Ohio. "That perfection drives him each and every day. There's absolutely a chance he can play at the next level if he continues to work and keeps getting better at it."

After a solid four-year career, Anzevino turned in a strong pro day workout. Packer Report tracks the Packers' scouts on the pro day circuit and, to our knowledge, Green Bay was not in attendance at Kent State on March 7. The Packers circled back after Anzevino ran his 40-yard dash as fast as 5.1 seconds, with a 31.5-inch vertical leap and 36 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

Comparing 40-yard times from a pro day to the Scouting Combine is like comparing apples to avocados, but his vertical would have ranked third among offensive linemen at the Combine and his bench-press numbers would have ranked fourth.

"I felt like it was really solid," Anzevino told Packer Report when asked about his workout with the Packers. "These workouts are very important. It gives me the opportunity to show what I have and what I can do."

For the last two years, he's been working out at former LeCharles Bentley's O-Line Academy in Avon, Ohio. Bentley, who was a consensus All-American at Ohio State and a two-time Pro Bowler, has helped Anzevino and other linemen with weightlifting, offensive line drills and film study.

"I feel like he's done so much for me and helped me out in so many ways," Anzevino said. "It's one of the best things for me because I can learn a lot of things from him that a lot of people can't teach me because he played the game."

As it is with every center, the game is as much mental as physical because plays can be made and games can be won or lost before the snap. Anzevino considers that a strength of his game.

"You've got to set up the blocking schemes for running plays and passing plays," he said. "You've got to identify the Mike so the running back knows who has who. There's a lot that nobody knows about but it's really important.

Anzevino said he began dreaming of the NFL as a freshman at Warren G. Harding at Warren, Ohio. He realized the NFL might be more than a dream as he broke into Kent State's starting lineup as a freshman. Now, he's enjoying the process of showing scouts what he can do.

"I always think that I'm the best. That's how I try to run my day," he said. "I feel like that once I get the opportunity, that I'll show everybody that I'm good."


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