Big Game Propels Small-School Cornerback

The Packers brought in Northwestern State cornerback Jeremy Lane, and he talked exclusively with Packer Report. Lane was a one-year starter but he's got the size and skill-set the Packers prefer at the position.

Northwestern State's Jeremy Lane knew his senior season would be a make-or-break year for his NFL dreams.

And one look at the schedule, he knew the second game of the season — against powerhouse LSU — would be a make-or-break game.

Playing in front of 90,000 fans against a team that played for the national championship, Lane held up his end of the bargain in a 49-3 loss. He delivered nine tackles and a sack.

"I rise to the competition. I do good in big games," Lane told Packer Report.

Lane, a full-time starter for the first time in his college career, had a standout senior season, finishing with two interceptions and three passes defensed while rarely thrown against. He continued to impress at the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game, where he was named the game's top defensive player with eight tackles and one pass broken up.

"With the scouts there, that was a big week," Lane said. "Showing off my skills at practice definitely helped. I had a good week of practices."

Jeremy Lane sacks Jarrett Lee.
Courtesy Northwestern State
The momentum continued at his pro day workout, when he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash with a Packers scout in attendance. Lane, who calls himself a "blue-collar" and coachable player, took eight pre-draft visits, including one to Green Bay.

"My trip to Green Bay was one of the best times I had because of the guys I was there with — I knew them from an all-star game or an earlier visit," Lane said. "So, that was fun, and we weren't in a rush to get everything done. It was more laid back."

At 6-foot, Lane's height matches what the Packers like — Tramon Williams and Sam Shields are 5-foot-11 and last year's fourth-round pick, Davon House, is 6-foot. Leaping ability, however, is as important as anything, and Lane's vertical jump at his pro day was 42 inches. Lane has long arms and played press coverage most of the time, assets that also would make him a good fit in Green Bay.

Asked for his favorite NFL cornerbacks, Charles Woodson is the first name Lane mentioned.

"I like how he's always on balance, never gets off-guard and plays disciplined," Lane said.

Lane, who is considered a sixth- or seventh-round prospect by NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas, has enjoyed touring the country but now he's ready to find out where he'll be calling home.

"It's going to mean a lot," Lane said. "I might cry — I think I will."

He added: "There's no doubt in my mind that I can make it. I know I can make it. No doubt."

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