Pro Day Tour: Outside Linebackers

The Packers got a glimpse of a pair of athletic and productive midround outside linebacker prospects on Tuesday

It was a quiet Tuesday on the pro day circuit, but two intriguing midround outside linebackers were on display for the Green Bay Packers.

Auburn

Corey Lemonier (6-3, 255), an early entrant, was first-team all-SEC as a sophomore and second-team in 2012. He started the season with a bang with five sacks in the first four games but had just one-half sack over the final eight games. He tallied 9.5 sacks in 2011.

A defensive end in college and listed as a defensive lineman at the Scouting Combine, Lemonier focused on outside linebacker drills on Tuesday. He stuck with most of his testing numbers from the Combine, which included a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash and 27 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

"Just to show that I can play linebacker," Lemonier told AL.com. "My ability to flip my hips and look athletic out there."

Linebacker drills were run by Steelers outside linebackers coach Keith Butler.

"The drills were different, especially the linebacker drills," Lemonier said. "These are more real linebacker drills, not the basic drills you do at the Combine, and I thought today I proved that I can do that, too."

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Harding

Ty Powell (6-2, 249) dominated the Division II ranks with 8.5 sacks, 15 tackles for losses and four blocked kicks to earn second-team All-America honors. He played defensive end at Harding and was an All-America safety at DeAnza junior college. He's projected as an outside linebacker in the NFL.

He stuck with his outstanding Combine numbers — 4.64 in the 40, 37-inch vertical and 28 reps on the bench — and went through position drills led by Colts linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald.

"When he's in pass coverage, you sure can tell he played safety just a few years ago," a source said.

Northwestern

The Packers sent two scouts, even though the Wildcats and other participating schools probably didn't have a draft-worthy prospect.

Patrick Ward (6-6, 310) was a three-year starter at offensive tackle. He moved to left tackle as a senior and was an honorable mention on the all-Big Ten team. He was an Academic All-American in 2011 and one of 15 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes.

David Nwabuisi (6-1, 239) was a two-year starting linebacker who projects inside in a 3-4 scheme. He tallied 97 tackles, including one sack and 8.5 stops for losses, and three interceptions as a senior. He ran a 4.71.

Brian Mulroe (6-4, 295) was a three-year starter at guard and an honorable mention all-Big Ten performer as a senior. Interestingly, he never filed his paperwork for the draft and is not in the NFL picture.

Also attending were former area high school players and standouts from Illinois State and Southern Illinois. Michigan State kicker Dan Conroy made 77 percent of his field-goal attempts in his career and capped his career with the game-winning 47-yarder against TCU in the bowl game. Southern Illinois defensive end Kenneth Boatright, an outside linebacker prospect, had 5.5 sacks and 13.5 TFLs during an All-American senior campaign.

Illinois State quarterback Matt Brown was the Missouri Valley Offensive Player of the Year after setting seven school single-season records with pass attempts (439), completions (272), passing yards (3,370), passing touchdowns (27), completion percentage (65.0), total offense yards (3,522) and total touchdowns (34). The four-year starter concluded his career with 10,591 passing yards and 78 touchdowns. "Matt had a very good day," a source said. "He's an above-average athlete and he can make the throws."


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