UK RB draws Packers' interest

Beach stars in Kentucky's recent Pro Day in front of Green Bay scouts

The Green Bay Packers have recently met with University of Kentucky running back Arliss Beach, has learned. The Packers are allowed by the NFL to invite up to 30 collegiate prospects to Green Bay for individual workouts.

Beach played behind Artose Pinner in 2002, then was slowed by injuries in 2003 and 2004. Last year, he had his moments as a senior but played mostly a backup role to Rafael Little, who enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign. However, Beach was the star of UK's recent Pro Day, running a better-than-expected 4.45 40-yard dash and doing 21 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

Because of his injuries and limited experience, Beach is not likely to be selected during the April 29-30 NFL Draft, so the Packers likely will be targeting him as a free agent to sign immediately when the seven-round draft concludes.

Green Bay is looking for help to bolster a rushing attack that ranked 30th in the league in 2005.

UK defensive coordinator Mike Archer said Beach's performance definitely will get him into an NFL camp with a chance to make somebody's roster. Archer said scouts from the Packers, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants all inquired about Beach after watching him work out.

"He helped himself, that's for sure," Archer told a Lexington (Ky.) newspaper. "It was good to see a kid like Arliss, who's had so many things happen to him, show that he was healthy and had something to offer to teams."

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