Draft prospects travel to Green Bay

Taylor had double-digit sacks for North Carolina; Sherry coming off big season at Villanova

The Green Bay Packers are expected to meet with North Carolina defensive end-linebacker Hilee Taylor today. The Packers also invited former Villanova tight end Matt Sherry for a visit to Green Bay on Wednesday.

The Packers are expected to bolster both the defensive line and linebacker position in the upcoming NFL draft. Neither Taylor nor Sherry are expected to be selected high in the draft. Both players were not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, so the Packers are likely doing their homework and taking a closer look.

Taylor (6-foot-2, 244 pounds) had career highs of 10.5 sacks and 49 tackles while starting all 12 games during his senior year as a weak-side defensive end for the Tar Heels. Some experts feel he will be drafted as an outside linebacker in the NFL, though, if he bulks up could be used as a pass-rushing defensive end.

Taylor also has meet with Jacksonville and is scheduled to meet with the New York Giants early next week. A scout.com source says Taylor drew the most interest from New England, Jacksonville, Dallas and Oakland during North Carolina's pro day this spring.

Sherry (6-3, 250) was a starter the past three seasons at Villanova. He caught a career-high 37 passes for 461 yards and five touchdowns last year. He had surgery on both shoulders after tearing his labrums in 2005. Still, he bounced back to play in all 11 games in 2006, starting seven.

According to Pro Football Weekly, Sherry is athletic and had good downfield speed. However, he is narrow-framed and lacks bulk strength. PFW also says Sherry lacks toughness, and does not play strong and physical.


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