Pro Day Tour: Packers Watch Campbell

Green Bay sent a scout to Northwestern to watch the individual workout of Northwestern safety Ibraheim Campbell on Tuesday. Plus, we have the scoop on four other pro days in which a Packers scout was in attendance.

Standout safety Ibraheim Campbell, who didn’t test at the Combine or Northwestern’s pro day because of an injured left hamstring, turned in a strong performance at a private pro day at the school on Tuesday.

Campbell (5-11, 208) was timed as fast as 4.49 in the 40, according to a source in attendance. (NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reported the official time was 4.54.) Campbell started 45 times in his career and was a three-time all-Big Ten selection. As a senior, he was a second-team choice. Even though he missed four games, he tied for the Big Ten lead with four forced fumbles. He finished his career with 11 interceptions, including three as a senior.

According to the NFL’s head scout, Dave-Te’ Thomas, Campbell is ranked 24th among active players with 316 total tackles and 22nd with 35 passes defended (11 interceptions, 24 breakups). He might sneak into the end of Round 3 but is more likely a Day 3 target.

“I’ve been hearing good things,” Campbell said at the Scouting Combine. “They like my physicality, the way I come downhill (as a strong safety). Some people are saying they see me as a free safety as well. I guess it all depends on what you’re looking for.”

Three older brothers played college football: Rashad Campbell (Cornell), Aquil Stinson (Georgetown) and Malik Jones (Bloomsburg).

“It was a tremendous help,” he said. “For, me, I felt like almost my entire life leading up to college was following after him, and he set a great example. He made my life that much easier. I’m extremely grateful for having him and the rest of my family be so supportive.”

California

It’s a rare down year for the Golden Bears, with only Chris Harper having a shot at being drafted. The 5-foot-11 receiver ran in 4.49 with a 35-inch vertical, according to the school Web site. Harper, an early entrant in the draft who wasn’t invited to the Combine, caught 52 passes for 634 yards (12.2 average) and six touchdowns and averaged 7.7 yards per punt return. Packers tight end Richard Rodgers was there, too.

Southern Illinois

The Packers were not at SIU but they did see running back Malcolm Agnew when he worked out at Northwestern’s pro day on March 3, so he’s worth a mention on a quiet day.

According to a source at Tuesday’s workout, Agnew (5-9, 205) ran in 4.51 40 on a windy day, stuck with his 36.5-inch vertical from Northwestern and excelled in drills. He caught every ball thrown his way and showed excellent feet in drills. Normally, a player of his stature wouldn’t be on the Packers’ radar but they are in the market for a new No. 3 after deciding not to re-sign DuJuan Harris.

Agnew spent his first two seasons at Oregon State, where he ran for 692 yards and three touchdowns. At SIU, he led the team with 888 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 2013 and 820 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. He missed time as a junior with a hamstring injury and as a senior with an ankle injury. Agnew’s father, Ray, played 11 NFL seasons for the Patriots, Giants and Rams and is in the Rams’ personnel department. In 2013, Malcolm Agnew ran behind fullback Ray Agnew Jr., his brother. Ray Jr. spent training camp and the start of the 2014 season with the Browns and recently signed with Dallas.

Eastern Michigan

Running back Bronson Hill certainly meets the Packers’ desire for big backs. At 5-foot-10 and 221 pounds, he was clocked as fast as 4.41 in the 40 with a 35-inch vertical and an impressive 22 reps on the bench, according to a source. After rushing for 905 yards (6.5 average) as a sophomore and 1,101 yards (5.6 average) as a junior, he got off to a big start to his senior campaign with 114 yards in the season-opening game. But he managed only 7 yards on 12 carries against Florida and Michigan State. He was relegated to part-time duty the rest of the season and settled for 351 yards (5.6).

Toledo

Underrated inside linebacker prospect Junior Sylvestre helped bring scouts from 30 teams on Monday. Sylvestre (6-0, 233) blazed an impressive 4.57 in the 40 with 23 reps on the bench, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. Sylvestre was a two-year starter and two-time all-conference first-team selection with 100 tackles (9.5 for losses) as a senior and 118 tackles (9.5 for losses) as a junior. He’s likely to be a late-round selection.

Center Greg Mancz sustained a torn labrum at the East-West Shrine Game but should be full-go for training camp. Mancz was a three-year starter at right guard before moving into the pivot for his senior season. He turned in a big season, even earning some All-American accolades — the first Toledo offensive lineman since 1938 to do so. Amazingly, he was picked the MAC’s MVP.

Bowling Green

Another underrated inside linebacker, D.J. Lynch, was the big attraction at Bowling Green on Monday, with the Packers among at least 26 teams in attendance. Lynch (6-0, 249) was timed in about 4.70 in the 40 — even a little faster on one watch — and cranked out 25 reps on the bench. During an injury-plagued senior season, he managed 39 tackles in nine starts. As a junior, he was second-team all-conference with 85 tackles. He’s likely to be a free-agent pickup.

Delaware

We received word this morning that the Packers were at Delaware on Thursday. Tight end Nick Boyle (6-5, 268) trimmed a few-hundredths of a second off of his Combine-clocking of 5.04. He caught 101 passes for 984 yards (9.7 average) and 12 touchdowns during his career and is considered perhaps the best blocker in the class.

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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