Pro-Day Tour: Small-School Defenders

Newberry's Edmond Robinson and Missouri's Zack Wagenmann should go sometime in the middle of Day 3 of the draft. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY)

Sometimes, the schools visited by the Green Bay Packers’ scouts during the pro day circuit are noteworthy. Sometimes, it’s the schools the scouts aren’t visiting that’s noteworthy.

That was the case on Friday and Monday. On Friday, the Packers did not have a scout in attendance at Division II Newberry, where linebacker Edmond Robinson was the featured attraction. On Monday, the Packers did not have a scout in attendance at FCS-level Montana, where edge rusher Zack Wagenmann was the top draw.

Both players are considered fifth- or sixth-round options — Robinson (6-3, 245) at inside linebacker and Wagenmann (6-3, 247) at outside linebacker. Sources have said the Packers appear high on both players. For Robinson, his size-speed combination is almost unparalleled in the inside linebacker class. For Wagenmann, it’s his big-time production and explosive athleticism.

As a senior, Wagenmann rang up 17.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for losses, six forced fumbles and 74 tackles in 14 games to finish third in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the top defender in FCS. His 17.5 sacks and career total of 34.5 are school records.

Wagenmann mostly stuck with his Combine numbers — 4.81 in the 40, an explosive 37.5-inch vertical leap and a 7.07 three-cone drill that tied for the fastest mark of any defensive lineman — and improved his broad jump from 9 feet, 1 inch to 9-10.

As a senior, Robinson had a team-high 68 tackles (54 solo, showing he’s not just a pile-jumper), including 7.5 for losses. The two-time all-conference first-team selection was the Division II school’s first Combine participant. Robinson stuck with his Combine workout of 4.61 in the 40 and a 37-inch vertical leap and focused on position drills. His 34-inch arms would be the envy of most of the offensive line prospects. He’s got the size the Packers covet at the position.

Friday: Arizona State

Star receiver Jaelen Strong, who might have been a consideration for the Packers had they lost Randall Cobb, stuck with most of his Scouting Combine workout, which included a 4.44 in the 40 and a 42-inch vertical. He likely solidified his first-round standing with Friday’s workout.

Two players who had a formal interview with the Packers at the Combine were offensive lineman Jamil Douglas and safety Damarious Randall, who are third- or fourth-round options.

Randall (5-11, 196) stuck with his Combine workout of 4.46 in the 40 and a 38-inch vertical. He had an active senior season, with his 87 solo tackles ranking fourth in school history and a team co-leading three interceptions. While he didn’t return kicks for ASU, he did average 28.2 yards on kickoff returns and had two touchdowns on punt returns in 2012 at Mesa Community College.

Douglas (6-5, 309) started at left tackle as a senior, earning first-team all-Pac-12 accolades, after starting at guard as a sophomore and junior. Considering the Packers typically draft left tackles, he would seem to be a strong player of interest. He stuck with most of his Combine workout (5.25; 28 reps on the bench).

Finally, defensive end Marcus Hardison (6-3, 305) didn’t test at the Combine because of a knee injury. On Friday, he showed his outstanding athleticism with a 4.97 in the 40. No 300-pound defensive player broke 5.0 at the Combine.

Friday: Appalachian State

Kendall Lamm started 42 games at left tackle and earned first-team all-Sun Belt as a junior and senior. As a senior, he allowed two sacks and piled up 46 knockdowns; as a junior, he yielded one sack with 28 knockdowns. A source, who did not have his workout numbers handy, said Lamm (6-5, 303) showed good enough athleticism in position drills to make him worthy of a late-round pick.

Lamm reportedly just missed breaking 5.0 in the 40 and put up 25 reps on the bench.

“I did OK,” Lamm said. “I’m usually pretty hard on myself. That’s just how I am. Coach (Dwayne) Ledford (Appalachian State’s line coach and a former NFL center) said my body of work would speak for itself. For me personally, I’m kind of a perfectionist.”

Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/PackerReport.


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