Pro Day Tour '14: Talent in Tallahassee

A huge receiver, a playmaking safety and an award-winning center were the players of interest from Green Bay's perspective on Tuesday at Florida State. The Packers watched two other pro days, which included sleepers at guard and receiver.

National champion Florida State served up a buffet of talent at its pro day on Tuesday.

Not only do the Seminoles have two prospects who should be in play when the Green Bay Packers are on the clock with the 21st selection, but they have quality prospects at safety and center — two positions of need.

Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (6-2, 305) put on 6 pounds since the Scouting Combine. Given Green Bay's changes on defense, it's hard to rule out Jernigan as a first-round possibility but scouts say he's a better fit in an attacking 4-3 scheme.

The more likely first-round option is receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Benjamin has rare size and ability. He's 6-foot-5 and 242 pounds. He stuck with his 4.61 40-yard time from the Scouting Combine and improved his vertical jump a half-inch to 33 inches. He had an outstanding positional workout, according to a source. With receiver James Jones' departure in free agency and tight end Jermichael Finley's uncertain future, the Packers' passing game is short on firepower. He could provide the size and run-after-catch ability provided by Finley while lining up at receiver.

"You don't want to play against him. That's the ultimate thing," Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. "I'm telling you this: You don't want to play against that guy. He changes the game."

While cornerback Lamarcus Joyner almost certainly isn't on the Packers' board because he's just 5-foot-8, safety Terrence Brooks might be an option in the third round if the Packers can't land HaHa Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor in the first round or Deone Bucannon in the second. Brooks (5-11, 198) stuck with his 4.42 and 38-inch vertical at the Scouting Combine. Those numbers ranked first and second, respectively, among the safeties. His intelligence and athleticism put him in position to make plays.

Another third round option is Christian Jones, who played all three linebacker positions for the Seminoles and would play inside linebacker in a 3-4. He's tall (6-4, 239), long (33.5-inch arms) and athletic (4.74 in the 40 at the Combine.

Bryan Stork (6-4, 315) won the Rimington Award winner as the nation's top center. He helped hold Pitt's Aaron Donald, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, and Clemson All-America Vic Beasley to just four tackles and one tackle for loss. He didn't test at the Combine because of a sore left knee. He put up 21 reps on the bench. "I ran like a gazelle," Stork, a late-round prospect, told reporters. "I heard a 5.25 and a 5.31 (in the 40). Who knows? It doesn't matter. I'm a ball player, not a track athlete."

Finally, fullback Chad Abram (5-11, 236) ran in 4.65 with a 35.5-inch vertical and 21 reps on the bench, according to NFL.com. He caught nine passes as a senior.

Tennessee-Martin

According to sources, a scout scheduled to attend Pittsburg State (where receiver John Brown, a Scouting Combine performer, was the main attraction) went to Tennessee-Martin instead. UT-M's top target is receiver Jeremy Butler. Butler (6-2, 224) ran in 4.61 on a windy day but had a 36-inch vertical, according to a source. Butler played just two years at the school and was a second-team All-American as a senior. He caught 90 passes for 1,203 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Old Dominion

Underrated D.J. Morrell was the attraction in Norfolk, Va. In 2012, he started 13 games at right guard. In 2013, he started 10 games at right tackle and two games at right guard. One of those games at guard came against Pittsburgh, and he helped limit Donald — a sure-fire first-round pick — to two tackles.


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