Pro Day Tour '14: Clay's Workout Partner

Green Bay got another look at a do-it-all linebacker who won All-American honors, met with the Packers at the Scouting Combine and has been working out alongside Clay Matthews. At another of Friday's pro days, the Packers had two scouts watching a tight end.

The Green Bay Packers got another look at All-American linebacker Kyle Van Noy at BYU's pro day Friday.

And if scout Sam Seale's observations aren't enough, general manager Ted Thompson can always ask for star outside linebacker Clay Matthews' opinion.

Matthews and Van Noy both are represented by Athletes First. For three months, Van Noy worked out with Matthews' personal trainer. Could they become teammates?

The Packers had a formal interview with Van Noy at the Scouting Combine, which is noteworthy because Van Noy (6-3, 246) was a senior and the Packers — like most teams — use the bulk of their 60 formal interviews on underclassmen.

Van Noy, a potential second-round selection, played outside linebacker, inside linebacker and defensive end in BYU's 3-4 scheme. As a junior, when he paired with Ziggy Ansah (Detroit's first-round pick in 2013), Van Noy piled up 13 sacks, 22 tackles for losses, six forced fumbles and two interceptions. He was a marked man as a senior. While his sacks plummeted to 4.5, he still had 17.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and career highs of 70 tackles, 12 quarterback hits and seven passes defensed. That was good enough to earn him several All-American honors.

Van Noy stuck with his numbers from the Scouting Combine, where he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.71 seconds with a 32.5-inch vertical jump and 21 reps on the bench press, but went through linebacker drills conducted by a Chargers assistant.

"I think it went really well," he told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I came back to do the drills, and I felt like I was pretty crisp in them. I felt like I need to get in a little elevation shape. I think the altitude got to me a little bit. But staying in shape was a good thing out in California, and then just doing the drills pretty crisp and enjoying the environment with people that you trained with for four years here, it was fun."

There were a handful of late-round/undrafted prospects of note. Safety Daniel Sorensen (6-1, 205), who ran in 4.67 with a 32-inch vertical at the Combine, improved to 4.54 in the 40 and added a half-inch to his vertical. Sorensen, whose brother, Brad, is a quarterback for the Chargers, intercepted seven passes and broke up 23 during his three seasons as a starter.

"I was a little frustrated with some of my scores and times at the Combine, so that's what I wanted to come out here (for) and see if I could improve," Sorensen told the Deseret News. "I feel it was a good day of work. I feel I improved on the things I needed to improve on."

Defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, who ran in 5.16 with 29 reps at the Combine, improved his 40 by about a tenth of a second and looked powerful in position drills. Receiver Cody Hoffman (6-4, 216) caught the ball well but didn't improve upon his 4.65 from the Combine. Receiver J.D. Falslev (5-8, 175) falls well outside the Packers' parameters, but they do need to upgrade the return game. He ran in the low 4.5s and showed excellent short-area quickness. For his career, he averaged 21.0 yards per kickoff return, 9.6 yards on punt returns and caught 103 passes.

Texas Tech

For all the Packers' needs on defense, they still don't have a legit No. 1 tight end on the roster. Perhaps that's Jace Amaro, who had an impressive day to solidify his standing as a player who could go in the first 20 or 30 picks. After running a 4.74 in the 40 at the Combine, Amaro (6-6, 266) was timed as fast as 4.58, with a consensus of around 4.61, according to a source. With two members of the Packers' scouting department in attendance, Amaro caught every pass during position drills. He put up an impressive 26 reps on the bench, though that was two shy of his workout in Indy.

Amaro, whose 106 receptions for 1,352 yards in 2013 ranks second and first, respectively, by a tight end in NCAA history, got excellent feedback from at least one scout.

"He was just telling me how I resemble (49ers tight end Vernon) Davis a lot and what he did and what he does still," Amaro told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, "so he's excited to see if I end up falling to the 49ers."

Athletic defensive lineman Kerry Hyder (6-2, 280) is the other draft-worthy prospect. He ran in 5.00 with a 30-inch vertical, both of which were slight improvements over the Combine.

Oregon State

Star receiver Brandin Cooks (5-10, 185), who interviewed with the Packers at the Combine, stuck with his Combine numbers of 4.33 in the 40 and a 36-inch vertical. Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award by setting Pac-12 records with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards, could go late in the first round. Given the Packers' needs elsewhere, it'd be a shock if he landed in Green Bay with pick No. 21.

Edge rusher Scott Crichton (6-3, 269) also stuck with his Combine numbers (4.84 in the 40, 31.5 vertical, 24 reps). He tallied 19.5 tackles for losses in 2013 and 10 forced fumbles in his three-year career. He's got the versatility to rush from the inside or as a stand-up linebacker and should go sometime relatively early in Day 2.

Cornerback Rashaad Reynolds (5-10, 190), who ran the 40 at the Combine in 4.51, didn't run it again because of a tight hamstring, though he did improve his vertical by 1 inch to 38.5. Reynolds, who picked off six passes as a senior, looked good in positional drills and fielded punts.


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