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Packers work out Bush individually at USC's Pro Day

Packers scouts were at USC's Pro Day on Sunday and were the only NFL team to work out the star running back Reggie Bush individually, PackerReport.com has learned.

Bush was used at receiver for almost the entire workout. He did not take a handoff during the workout and only performed a few running back drills toward the very end of the session. TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline, who was at the Pro Day, said Bush looked great in the various drills in front of scouts.

Bush is projected by many to be the top pick in the April 29-30 NFL draft. The Packers own the No. 5 pick, and if Bush falls for whatever reason, likely would select him to improve their weak rushing attack.

The Packers recently re-signed veterans Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport, but both are coming off serious leg injuries. Samkon Gado, signed off the street last season, likely will be Green Bay's top running back when the team opens training camp.

Here is Scout.com's prospect profile on the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Bush:

40 time: 4.45

Year: 3Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded both All-America and All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year last season when he also won the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker Award and Walter Camp Award. Rushing numbers last season included 187/1,658/15 with 31/383/2 as a receiver. Averaged 17 yards on 23 kick returns and 9.9 yards on 18 punt returns with an additional score. Sophomore ground totals included 143/908/6 with career-best receiving numbers of 43/509/7. Averaged 15.7 yards on 24 punt returns with two scores that season.

Positives: Electrifying skill player who is a threat to break games open any time he handles the ball. Runs with terrific pad level and displays outstanding vision. Quick-footed, sets defenders up, then freezes them at the point of attack and immediately cuts back against the grain. Has a terrific burst of speed yet at the same time is deceptively strong and does not go down without a fight. Waits for blocks to develop anywhere on the field and does an outstanding job following them. Creates if nothing is available and consistently keeps the play in bounds, picking up extra yardage. Natural receiver who makes the difficult reception in mid-air or the acrobatic catch running full speed. Runs to daylight in the open field.

Negatives: Not a heavy-duty ball handler who can take a constant pounding. Loses out in battles as a receiver.

Analysis: While he may not be an every-down back who can handle a full workload, Bush's versatility and explosiveness projects well to the next level. Can be productive in a variety of ways and is a special prospect - will impact as a rookie.

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