A diamond in the rough?

The Packers are hoping that they have unearthed a gem out West in the form of University of Nevada offensive tackle Tony Moll. PackerReport.com's Todd Korth explains why Moll was recently in Green Bay for a pre-draft visit, despite not getting an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine:

The Green Bay Packers are intrigued by University of Nevada offensive lineman Tony Moll. A former tight end with the Wolf Pack, Moll moved to tackle last year in Nevada's shotgun offense and is opening the eyes of NFL scouts through game film this spring.

"He was under the radar for a while until people starting coming out here and watching game film of this kid," said Nevada offensive coordinator and line coach Chris Klenakis. "You watch game film and you say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. This guy is a football player.'"

The 6-foot-5, 309-pound Moll, who was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, traveled from Reno, Nevada to meet with the Packers April 3 and 4 in Green Bay, according to his agent, Kevin Van Ry.

The Packers are seeking to build depth at tackle behind veterans Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher. Green Bay's new zone-blocking offense requires the linemen to be quick on their feet. Moll (pronounced MOLE) has been clocked at 5.1 to 5.2 seconds in the 40-yard dash, so his ability to move well and experience at blocking defenders in space will favor when he gets a chance to make an NFL roster.

Moll also has made pre-draft visits to San Diego and Dallas. Because of his lack of experience at tackle, he probably will be a late-round selection at best, but likely will get a chance to make an NFL roster.

Moll played tight end for the Wolf Pack for three seasons. He weighed 256 pounds as a sophomore and 280 pounds as a senior upon shifting to tackle in the Wolf Pack's one-back "Pistol" offense.

"That's where he should have been all along," Klenakis said. "Tight ends that run 5.1 (40 yard dash) don't stretch the field for us, but an O-linemen that runs a 5.1 is a damn good athlete. He was weighing 260 and had a frame that said 310 all over it. He was starving himself to keep his weight down, so we let him get big, let him get strong and let him play his natural position.

"He played one year at tackle and did an outstanding job," Klenakis said.

In Nevada's fast-paced offense, the tackles often play both sides. Moll and Adam Keifer were the only senior linemen last year, but the Wolf Pack were co-champs of the Western Athletic Conference with Boise State with a 7-1 record. Nevada piled up an average of 449.3 yards of offense per game, including 199.5 yards on the ground. Nevada went on to win the Hawaii Bowl over Central Florida.

Moll played a big role in Nevada's success.

"He moves well," said Van Ry. "He's not one of those stiffs."


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