Pro Day Tour: Armstead Shines

We take you to where the Packers sent their scouts as we kick off our daily tour of college pro days. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead, the Scouting Combine star, turned in a solid day at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's event. Plus, Minnesota, UMass and more.

The Green Bay Packers got another look at offensive tackle Terron Armstead at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's pro day on Monday.

Armstead, a so-called "fast riser" in national media circles, already was considered one of the best offensive tackles in the draft by scouts before his stunning 4.71 clocking in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.

Because of his strong Combine performance, Armstead rested on all of his numbers other than the short shuttle. According to a source, Armstead lopped about one-tenth of a second off of his Combine clocking of 4.72 seconds, despite the wet, slippery conditions on the FieldTurf surface.

More importantly, Armstead had "strong position drills," according to the source. While media rankings have Armstead as firmly in the middle of the second round, a separate source said it would be no surprise if he goes in the first round. The Packers, who are picking 26th and have concerns at left tackle, would be a strong possibility if he's on the board.

"It's been fun and a good experience to compete against guys from bigger schools," Armstead, a three-time second-team all-SWAC selection who was outstanding in the East-West game and Senior Bowl, told the school Web site. "It is a great opportunity coming from a small school even though they question the level of competition, although there are a lot of great players in the SWAC."

Minnesota

The Packers were represented at the Gophers' pro day, which featured one of the more mysterious prospects in the draft — MarQueis Gray.

Gray (6-3, 240) had a nomadic but productive time at Minnesota. He was a receiver and quarterback as a freshman, made seven starts as a receiver as a sophomore and started 10 games as a quarterback as a junior. As a senior, he started at quarterback for the first three games before being sidelined by a high-ankle sprain. That forced him to receiver, where he caught 12 passes for 121 yards.

At the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game, Gray lined up at tight end. At the Scouting Combine, he was back at quarterback. On Monday, he lined up at all three positions.

"That's what all 32 teams are trying to ascertain right now — where he might fit best," Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave told reporters, including the Pioneer Press. "We're going to keep doing work on him. We watched a lot of film on him, and he had a good career."

Gray ran 4.73 at the Combine and 4.67 at his pro day.

Massachusetts

Offensive tackle Stephane Milhim was the featured attraction.

Milhim (6-4, 314) was third-team all-Colonial Athletic Conference as a junior but didn't receive any honors as the program stepped up a level to the Mid-American Conference as a senior. Milhim was born in Florida but moved shortly thereafter to Haiti, where he spent the next 10 years. He grew up playing soccer. Before his freshman year of high school, one of the football coaches grabbed him and suggested he report to the start of football practice the following week.

He did, and now he's considered a late-round possibility. He ran a 5.23 at the Combine but didn't compete in the bench. His Monday results were not immediately available.

Friday follow-up

The pro day circuit began on Friday, and the Packers had scouts at both of them: Purdue and Texas-El Paso.

At Purdue, running back Akeem Shavers (5-10, 198) wound up being the featured attraction after running a sub-4.40 in the 40 with a 39-inch vertical and an impressive 19 reps on the bench. Shavers, who trains at former Olympic champ Michael Johnson's facility in Texas, rushed for 871 yards (4.8 average), caught 18 passes for 370 yards (20.6 average with a long of 83) and scored nine total touchdowns as a senior. He even did some work at defensive back.

Quarterback Robert Marve (6-1, 211), who completed 65.6 percent with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions as a sixth-year senior, showed a strong arm and ran an impressive 4.78. He originally committed to Alabama and wound up starting 11 games for Miami in 2008. He has torn the ACL in his left knee three times, including in 2010 and 2012 — though he missed just a month this season.

Purdue's top prospect, defensive end Kawaan Short (6-3, 299), didn't test at the Combine or the pro day because of an injured hamstring. He will perform for scouts on March 25. Their other top prospect, cornerback J.J. Johnson, was timed at 4.39 after a 4.65 at the Combine, according to a source. At 5-foot-9, however, he's probably not on the Packers' board.

— At UTEP, the only player with a shot at being drafted was offensive tackle James Nelson. At 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds, he's not exactly athletic (5.77 in the 40, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt) but has fire-hose length arms of 36.5 inches.


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