Pro Day Tour: Top WR Puts Workout on Hold

Depending on what happens with Greg Jennings' two-day visit to Minnesota, the Packers could target Cal's Keenan Allen in the first round. Plus, the scoop from six other pro days that Packers scouts attended on Thursday.

If Greg Jennings signs with Minnesota (or elsewhere), the Green Bay Packers will have a major need at wide receiver. One first-round possibility is California's Keenan Allen, but his medical situation is becoming increasingly worrisome.

Allen didn't test at the Scouting Combine and he didn't do anything on Thursday, either, due to a knee injury that kept him out of the final few games of the season and he tweaked while working out with Cris Carter in Florida just before the Combine.

At the Combine, Allen said he'd run at the pro day. Instead, earlier in the week,'s Gil Brandt learned that Allen would be meeting with renowned Dr. James Andrews and wouldn't be doing his 40 and other physical tests. Allen, however, planned on running pass routes for scouts but his knee "didn't feel too good" during warm-ups, he told reporters in Berkeley.

Now, the plan is for Allen to have an individual workout in Greensboro, N.C., on April 9.

Allen (6-2, 206), who was recruited to play safety by Alabama, set a school record with 205 receptions, is third with 2,570 receiving yards and seventh with 17 touchdown catches. Allen dominated in 2011 with 98 receptions for 1,343 yards. He also averaged 12.0 yards per punt return, including 14.1 with a 69-yard touchdown this season.

Cornerback Marc Anthony (6-0, 196) failed to improve upon his 4.63 at the Combine. Coached by former NFL cornerback Ashley Ambrose, Anthony picked off five passes in his career.

Brian Schwenke (6-3, 314), the best center in the draft not named Travis Frederick or Barrett Jones, stuck with his Combine numbers (4.99 and 31 reps) and didn't do position drills, either.

Here are the other schools where sources confirmed the presence of Packers scouts.

Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets' contingent is led by massive defensive lineman T.J. Barnes (6-6, 359), who interviewed with the Packers at the Combine. Because of a groin injury, he stuck with his Combine work (5.30 and 25 reps) and focused on position drills, where he was incredibly quick for a man his size.

Guard Omoregie Uzzi (6-3, 302), who had his knee scoped in mid-January, put up 30 reps on the bench. He was two-time first-team all-ACC and earned some All-America recognition as a senior. He and Barnes are considered fifth-round prospects.


All eyes were on Denard Robinson but one prospect to remember with a late-round pick is William Campbell. The Packers never have found a prototype end for their base defense. Campbell (6-5, 311) certainly has the ingredients. He's not a great athlete (5.15, according to a source) but put up 35 reps on the bench. He was honorable mention all-Big Ten as a senior. In 2010, he moved to the offensive line for the second half of the season, though he didn't see any action in games, before going back to defense for 2011.

Another late-round prospect is guard Patrick Omameh (6-4, 303). He ran in 5.19 and put up 22 reps and has impressive length with 34-inch arms, according to's Brandt.


Linebacker Kiko Alonso (6-3, 235), who the Packers had a formal interviewwith at the Scouting Combine, had another solid day. He ran 4.74 in the 40-yard dash but his 30.5-inch vertical might be cause for alarm. He was excellent in position drills, which were led by former Packers assistant Mark Duffner, now of Jacksonville. As a senior, Alonso finished second on the team with 81 tackles and led the way with 14 tackles for losses and four interceptions.

Guard/tackle prospect Kyle Long (6-6, 316), the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, is athletic and he has the DNA. He also started exactly four games (at left guard) at Oregon after a meandering college career that started as a pitcher for Florida State. Still, he's considered a second-round prospect at offensive tackle. He ran a 4.94 at the Combine and hasn't benched for scouts.

Running back Kenjon Barner (5-9, 196) ran in 4.38 but probably isn't big enough for the Packers' tastes.

The Ducks' No. 1 prospect, potential top-10 selection Dion Jordan, and safety John Boyett did not work out due to injuries. Jordan ran 4.60 at the Combine before having surgery to repair a torn labrum. Boyett missed most of the season after having surgery on both knees. He'll work out for scouts on April 10.

West Virginia

All eyes were on Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey. Smith probably will be the first quarterback off the board, Austin won't be available for Green Bay and Bailey (5-10) probably is too small for the Packers' tastes.

That leaves Joe Madsen, a late-round possibility at center. Madsen stuck with most of his Combine work (5.20 and 25 reps), though he did improve his vertical to 27 inches. Madsen started all 50 career games at center, though he missed this year's Pinstripe Bowl after being deemed academically ineligible. He was second-team all-Big 12 this season, even while dealing with his mom being diagnosed with breast cancer. He didn't use his mom's cancer battle as an excuse for his grades, when we talked at the Combine.

Arkansas State

Alonzo Highsmith was there to see safety Don Jones (5-11, 196), a late-round possibility, and quarterback Ryan Aplin (6-1).

Jones was a state champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meters at Town Creek, Ala. He played running back for Arkansas State in 2009, went to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2010 to play safety, then went back to Arkansas State for 2011 and 2012. He was third on the team with 74 tackles and picked off one pass this season. Aplin (6-1), a free-agent possibility, was the Sun Belt's two-time offensive player of the year. He threw for 3,342 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.

East Central Oklahoma

Here's a name to remember for a late-round pick or prized undrafted signing: Armonty Bryant. Bryant (6-4, 263) was a Division II All-American after tallying 10.5 sacks, 17.5 tackles for losses, four forced fumbles and two blocked kicks as a senior. He ran in 4.71 with a 34.5-inch vertical and 15 reps on the bench — all improvements over his Combine. He worked out for the 49ers as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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