Pro Day Tour: Small-School Gems

The Packers saw two solid prospects at Missouri Western, including midround outside linebacker David Bass. Plus, they were at Vanderbilt to watch Jordan Rodgers, the brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The secret is out on David Bass.

Just before last month's Scouting Combine, a scout told Packer Report that he was hesitant to say too much about Bass because he didn't want too much of a buzz to start.

No luck with that.

Bass (6-4, 262) was a second-team All-American and one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award, which goes to Division II's top offensive or defensive lineman. He posted 61 tackles as a senior, including 16 for losses and 11.5 sacks. The four-year starter finished with 40 career sacks.

Bass didn't have a great Combine, with a 4.84 in the 40, but he got that down into the mid-4.6s at Friday's pro day, according to a source. Bass played defensive end for Missouri Western but a scout said, "I could see it," when asked if he could make the transition to outside linebacker. The Packers are paper thin at that position behind Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Dezman Moses, and Bass could be a target in the middle rounds.

A second prospect of interest, though he might not be drafted, is running back Michael Hill. Hill (5-10, 204) ran in the low 4.5s, according to a source. He was a first-team All-American and one of three finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy (Division II's Heisman) with a whopping 2,168 rushing yards (7.0 average) and 16 touchdowns. He topped 100 yards in 10 of 12 games. Then, he was named MVP of the Raycom College All-Star Classic with 148 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.

Here are the other pro days with confirmed attendance by a Packers scout.


Jordan Rodgers, the brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, had a strong performance. According to The Tennessean's Jeff Lockridge, who was at the workout, Rodgers completed 45-of-52 passes. Of the seven incompletions, three were drops.

Like his brother, Jordan started his career with two seasons at Butte Junior College. As a senior, he completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 2,539 yards, with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. The team went 7-4 in his starts this season.

"I think I showed that I've got a bigger arm than they think I had," Rodgers told Lockridge afterward.

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Tennessee State

At 6-foot-6 and 334 pounds, Rogers Gaines is one big man. With 36 1/4-inch arms, he's even more imposing. A first-team FCS All-American at left tackle, Gaines stuck with his Combine numbers of 5.24 with 28 reps on the bench. He improved his vertical leap by 3.5 inches to 26.5, according to The Tennessean.

"There's not just one or two things I'm working on specifically; I'm working on everything, especially coming from the (FCS)," the late-round prospect told the paper. "I can't really express that enough. You've got to sharpen everything. You can't just come in lackadaisical."

Running back Trabis Ward entered the draft with one year of eligibility remaining. Ward (5-10, 200) ran in 4.74, according to The Tennessean. He led the Ohio Valley Conference with 1,422 rushing yards, averaging 4.6 per carry with 15 touchdowns. He also was fourth on the team with 21 catches for 248 yards. He ran in 4.72 and probably won't be drafted.

Stony Brook

Miguel Maysonet (5-9, 209) was runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the best player in FCS, and was the two-time Big South Offensive Player of the Year. He rushed for 1,964 yards (7.4 average) and 21 touchdowns as a senior, the 11th-most yards in FCS history. He ran in a dazzling 4.49. He's considered a sixth- or seventh-round options, but the Packers don't draft short running backs.

Fullback Chris Fenelon (6-2, 245) was Maysonet's lead blocker. He caught seven passes for 78 yards as a senior.

Thursday follow-ups

We received word on Friday that the Packers were at the Eastern Kentucky and Kentucky pro days on Thursday.

— At Eastern Kentucky, receiver Tyrone Goard (6-4, 205) was the featured attraction as a late-round prospect. Goard, who ran in 4.50 with a 36-inch vertical at the Combine, stuck with those numbers and had a strong position workout. He caught 41 passes for 900 yards (22.0 average) and eight touchdowns as senior, and had a strong week at the East-West game. Also, offensive lineman Patrick Ford (6-5, 317) put up 35 reps on the bench but didn't run as he recovers from a torn ACL. He spent his last two seasons at left tackle and will be given a look at tackle, guard and center.

— Kentucky's top prospect is Larry Warford, who's one of the top four or five guards in this class. At 6-foot-3 and 332 pounds and not exactly an elite athlete (5.58 at Combine), he's probably not high on the Packers' list. The other prospects probably would be available in free agency. Center Matt Smith (6-4, 295), a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy (based on academics, athletics and community service) put up 28 reps on the bench. Defensive end Collins Ukwu (6-4, 260), who would move to outside linebacker in a 3-4, had four sacks, six tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and two blocked kicks as a senior. He ran in 4.88. Safety Martavius Neloms (6-0, 189), who spent his first two seasons at cornerback, had 53 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles as a senior. He ran in 4.48.

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