Though a visit by a player does not mean that the Packers will select that player in this weekend's upcoming NFL draft, it is a sign that the team is very interested in that player. It is a chance for the team to either conduct an individual workout with the player, or simply meet with him and offer a tour of the team's facilities. Players also will often undergo a physical and watch game film with position coaches, who then quiz the player on what he would do in various formations.
"Well, sometimes it might be a medical thing, where you want to take a look at something," said Packers general manager Ted Thompson. "Sometimes it's maybe you want to get to know somebody a little bit better. Sometimes it's done just to see what everybody says."
Last year, the Packers invited little-known offensive lineman Tony Moll for a pre-draft visit, and ended up selecting the University of Nevada product with their second of two fifth round picks.
Here is a list of players that have made pre-draft visits with the Packers in recent weeks, according to Scout.com:
Marshawn Lynch/RB/California (V)
Thomas Clayton/RB/Kansas St. (WO)
Jason Snelling/FB/Virginia (WO)
Anthony Pudewell/TE/Nevada (V)
Braden Jones/TE/Sou. Illinois (V)
Jake Bender/OT/Nicholls St. (V)
Ikaika Alama-Francis/DE/Hawaii (V)
Nick Roach/LB/Northwestern (V)
Clint Sessions/LB/Pittsburgh (V)
Courtney Brown/CB/Cal-Poly (V)
Eric Wright/CB/UNLV (V)
Usama Young/CB/Kent State (V)
Reggie Nelson/S/Florida (V)
(V) – pre-draft visit
(WO) - workout