Linebacker makes pre-draft visit to Green Bay

Prospect from Pittsburgh was not invited to NFL Combine

University of Pittsburgh outside linebacker Clint Session made a pre-draft visit with the Green Bay Packers last week, according to his agent. Session was not invited to the NFL Combine in February, but has a chance of being selected in latter rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.

The Packers are allowed to conduct 20 pre-draft visits, which must be completed by this Friday. During a visit, players usually meet with coaches, watch film, and are asked questions on how they would react in various formations. They also undergo a physical and tour the Packers' facilities.

Session (5-11, 236) was in Green Bay April 10-11, his agent, Harold Lewis said. He also made pre-draft visits to five other NFL teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, and Indianapolis Colts. draft expert Tony Pauline says that Session is a "special teams player who could back up in a one-gap system." He played the 'Sam' or strong-side linebacker position the last two seasons. He also has played middle linebacker.

The Packers are seeking to bolster special teams this season. In recent years, the Packers have finished near the bottom of the league in a number of special teams categories in the NFL.

Session was second on the Panthers in tackles with 101, including 12 tackles for a loss in 2006. He also had one sack, a team-high five forced fumbles, and returned an interception 78 yards for a touchdown. All-Big East middle linebacker H.B. Blades led the Panthers (6-6 overall, 2-5 conference) in tackles for the third straight season with 147. Blades' father, Bennie, a former safety, was the third overall pick in the NFL draft by the Lions in 1988. He played for the Lions through the 1996 season. H.B. Blades is expected to be selected early on the second day of the draft, or possibly in the third round.

During Pittsburgh's Pro Day in March, Session ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds, according to He also notched a 30 ½-inch vertical, a 9-foot-6 broad jump, a 4.15 short shuttle and 36 bench presses. He injured his hamstring and didn't run the three-cone drill.

"The guy is going to be a pretty good draft choice," said Lewis. "He's going to do very well."

The Packers used linebackers Brady Poppinga, Abdul Hodge, Tracy White and Ben Taylor extensively on special teams last season. Taylor is an unrestricted free agent and remains unsigned. Look for the Packers to add a linebacker in the draft to build depth and for special teams' purposes, which makes Session a strong candidate.

Todd Korth

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