Cincinnati LB visits Green Bay

Former Bearcats defensive lineman will have to play linebacker in NFL

The Green Bay Packers recently have met with linebacker Adam Roberts from the University of Cincinnati, has learned.

NFL teams are allowed up to 30 collegiate player visits and must be completed one week before the NFL draft.

The 6-2, 254-pound Roberts played tackle and defensive end at Cincinnati but is being considered as a linebacker at the NFL level.

The Packers are on the lookout for help at the outside linebacker position and likely will select one in the NFL draft. Green Bay released injury-prone veteran Na'il Diggs in early March, leaving middle linebacker Nick Barnett and outside linebacker Robert Thomas as the only starters. Thomas finished the season on injured reserve, and his weak-side position probably will be up for grabs in training camp.

Here are the numbers that Roberts turned in while working out for the Packers in the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay during the last week of March:

40 time: 4.73 - 4.74 seconds

Vertical leap: - 34 inches

Broad jump: 9-feet, 8.5-inches

Short Shuttle: 4.40 seconds

Pro Shuttle: 7.21 seconds

Here is more on Roberts from

Previous 40 time: 4.69

Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter used at both defensive tackle and end. Senior totals included 50/12.5/6 after 32/5.5/1.5 as a junior.

Positives: Quick, explosive lineman with potential as a rush linebacker. Plays with good pad level, fluid moving laterally and immediately changes direction. Fast off the edge, flashes on the scene and rarely off his feet. Effective playing in space.

Negatives: Under-sized for defensive tackle, swallowed up at the point or handled by tight ends.

Analysis: Out of position on the interior defensive line, Roberts displays enough athletic skills that he will get looks standing up over tackle in a 3-4 defense.

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