The Mountain West Conference has two of the top centers, including Tyler Larsen, who worked out in front of at least two Packers scouts on Tuesday at Utah State, according to sources.
Larsen was a rock in the middle of the Aggies' line with 52 consecutive starts. While Colorado State's Weston Richburg might be the first center off of the board, it was Larsen who was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center. According to longtime head NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas' NFL Draft Report, Larsen recorded 99 key/knockdown blocks as a senior, including 12 blocks that resulted in touchdowns.
According to Thomas' film study, Larsen didn't allow a sack or pressure in his four-year career.
Larsen (6-4, 313) put up 36 reps on the 225-pound bench press at the Scouting Combine. On Tuesday, he went through position drills only.
"It's not necessarily now. It's what you've done on film," Larsen told Packer Report at the Scouting Combine when asked what he has to do to stand out among a strong crop of centers. "Your film's your resume, really. That's probably the biggest thing. Interviews have a big part and knowing what you're talking about and knowing all the defenses. That's a big part of it but mostly it's all about that film."
Larsen, whose brother, Cody, spent last season as a defensive lineman on Baltimore's practice squad, is projected to go during the first half of Day 3 of next month's draft.
Utah State's best prospect is cornerback Nevin Lawson but, at 5-foot-9, he's likely not on the Packers' board. Safety Maurice Alexander (6-1, 220) missed all of 2012 and was sentenced to 45 days in jail for punching a teammate at a party.
Tight end D.J. Tialavea (6-3, 267) didn't work out at the Combine because of a foot injury but did almost everything on Tuesday. Tialavea, who played on the defensive line as a freshman, caught 17 passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.
Three under-the-radar defenders: Cornerback Devonta Glover-Wright (6-0, 170) ran in 4.40 with a 35-inch vertical, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He broke up 10 passes and averaged 22.6 yards per kickoff return as a senior after playing quarterback and receiver during two years of junior-college ball. Linebacker Jake Doughty ran in the "low 4.5s" with 24 reps on the bench and a 32-inch vertical, a source said. The two-time all-conference first-teamer led the team with 148 tackles and added 12 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and an interception. Bojay Filimoeatu, who played outside linebacker in the Aggies' 3-4 scheme, ran in 4.63 with 33 reps on the bench. He sat out his senior season with a knee injury. He had five sacks and nine tackles for losses in 2012.
The times were fast; according to reports, scouts wound up measuring to make sure the players were actually running 40 yards.
At Brandon Bostick's alma mater, the featured attractions were a pair of Division II All-Americans, guard Jamal Ellis (6-4, 315) and receiver Corey Washington. Washington (6-4, 207) caught 44 passes for 839 yards (19.1-yard average) and 13 touchdowns. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in a playoff game at Carson-Newman and a punt for a touchdown in the regular-season finale against North Greenville. Those three touchdowns came on a total of just five returns. Results were not immediately available.
(Update: According to a source at the school who was privy to results, Washington ran in 4.49 with a 34-inch vertical.)
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