Pro Day Tour: Georgia Defenders

Never mind Jarvis Jones, who had a miserable pro day on Thursday. The Packers saw a bunch of talented defenders at Georgia. Plus, Stanford's Zach Ertz and two more schools.

Georgia's Jarvis Jones stole the headlines at Thursday's pro day by saying he was the best player in the draft, even though one scout in attendance told Packer Report that he looked "scared like all hell" during drills.

Jones — despite his 4.92 in the 40 and concerns about a spinal problem that caused him to transfer from USC — figures to be one of the top 15 or 20 picks. The Green Bay Packers had their eyes on several other prospects at positions of need.

Safeties Bacarri Rambo (6-1, 211) and Shawn Williams (6-0, 213) could go in the third round. Rambo ran as fast as 4.45, according to a source. He's tied for the school career record with 16 interceptions but missed the first four games of this season for failing a drug test. Williams, who stuck with his 4.44 from the Combine, posted all four of his interceptions as a junior.

A third defensive back is corner Sanders Commings (6-0, 216), who could join the safeties in the third round. Commings, who had three interceptions as a senior despite missing two games for a domestic violence arrest, is one of the best run defenders at the position. Commings stuck with his 4.41 from the Combine. He had a formal interview with the Packers there, according to a source from the school.

Receiver Tavarres King (6-0, 189) led the team with 42 receptions, 950 yards and nine touchdowns. Among receivers with at least 26 catches, King led the nation with a 22.6-yard average. He stuck with his 4.47 from the Combine.

The big wild card is Cornelius Washington (6-4, 265). One scout told Packer Report he liked Washington in the third round; another said maybe the fourth or fifth. Washington played end in Georgia's 3-4 scheme but ran a blistering 4.55 at the Scouting Combine with a 39-inch vertical and 36 reps on the bench. He looked smooth in linebacker drills on Thursday, even though he sometimes showed he's still got the hands of a lineman.

A late-round prospect is nose tackle Kwame Geathers, who interviewed with the Packers at the Combine.

Finally, about 10 days ago, Alec Ogletree looked like a real possibility to be the Packers' first-round pick. Since then, the Packers reworked A.J. Hawk's contract and re-signed Brad Jones. Thus, a potential Ogletree vs. Manti Te'o decision in the first round probably won't have to be made. Ogletree, an outstanding player with a failed drug test and DUI arrest on his resume, ran in 4.63.

Stanford

Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert is considered the No. 1 tight end in the draft but Stanford's Zach Ertz is gaining momentum. Ertz, a consensus first-team All-American, led FBS tight ends with 66 catches for 837 yards, and he added six touchdowns.

Ertz (6-5, 244) ran a safety-splitting 4.61, according to a source, posted a 35.5-inch vertical and had an outstanding position workout. Given the short- and long-term uncertainty with Jermichael Finley, he's a legit possibility for the Packers at No. 26.

Chase Thomas, who finished with 50 career tackles for losses while playing outside linebacker in Stanford's 3-4 scheme, improved his 40 time from 4.91 at the Combine to 4.85. Will he go in the third or fourth round, based on his college resume, or much later because of his lack of athleticism?

Top running back Stepfan Taylor has everything the Packers like — ball-carrying skill, hands and pass-blocking prowess. However, at 5-foot-9, he's probably not a player of interest.

Temple

The Packers got a look at yet another kicker: Brandon McManus, who ranks as one of the "best of the rest" behind Florida's Caleb Sturgis and Florida State's Dustin Hopkins. As a senior, McManus converted 14-of-17 field goals, including 5-of-6 from 40 to 49 yards. His only attempt from beyond that, a 50-yarder, also was good. A big-time weapon, he boomed 40 of his 56 kickoffs for touchbacks. He also averaged 45.1 yards on punts.

John Youboty (6-4, 250) had five sacks, six tackles for losses and a forced fumble as a senior. He put up 24 reps on the bench with a 33-inch vertical and a 40 in the high 4.6s in a cold fay in Philadelphia. He is the brother of NFL cornerback Ashton Youboty.

Old Dominion

ODU doesn't have any draft-worthy prospects. The only player in NFL Draft Scout's rankings is linebacker Craig Wilkins. As a freshman, Wilkins started at safety and was a co-captain. He moved to outside linebacker for his final three seasons. As a senior, he posted 90 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses, six sacks and three interceptions. At 6-foot-1 and 243 pounds, he projects inside in a 3-4.


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