Packers sign three from rookie camp

As was the first to report, the Packers signed two defensive backs and one offensive tackle from the 19 tryout players at their rookie orientation camp, and temporarily withdrew an offer to another prospect.

The Green Bay Packers signed three players from last weekend's rookie orientation camp, according to a source and later confirmed in a statement by Packers GM Ted Thompson, and neither University of Wisconsin-Whitewater running back Justin Beaver nor Arkansas defensive tackle Fred Bledsoe is among them.

The Packers signed defensive backs Condrew Allen and Kyle Ward and offensive tackle Ryan Considine. Those three represent three-fourths of the "approximately four" players coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday said the Packers would sign.

A fourth, Bledsoe, reportedly signed with the Packers. However, has learned Bledsoe did not sign. According to Bledsoe's agent, Steve Snider, an MRI revealed an injured ankle that may need arthroscopic surgery. That surgery would keep Bledsoe out for four to six weeks. Snider and the Packers are still talking, and Bledsoe has been invited back for the June minicamp.

The 6-foot-2 Allen started six games at cornerback and one game at safety for Portland State. He recorded just one interception, one pass breakup and 29 tackles (16 solo) for the Vikings, who are coached by Jerry Glanville. Those were the only seven starts of his career, though he was a fixture on special teams his sophomore and junior seasons. He had two career interceptions.

Allen, who ran a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, will be joined on the Packers by former teammate Brennan Carvalho, who earned the Rimington Award as the top center in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Carvalho was one of the 11 undrafted free agents signed to a contract after the draft. Receiver Shaun Bodiford also played for Portland State.

Ward is a 6-foot-1 cornerback for Louisiana-Lafayette. The Dallas native played in 11 games last season with 10 starts. He had 15 tackles (10 solo) and had no interceptions or pass breakups. In three seasons on the football team — he transferred from Alcorn State after competing in track his freshman year — he started 23 games and picked off one pass, which he returned for a touchdown. He finished second in the 110-meter hurdles at the Sun Belt Conference's outdoor track and field championships and fourth in the indoor 55 hurdles in 2007.

Considine is a 6-foot-6, 297-pound offensive tackle. He started his final 36 games at Louisiana Tech at right tackle. He helped lead an offensive line that helped Tech rush for 1,863 yards last season. He earned his bachelor's and masters degrees before the season, and was a two-time academic all-WAC performer.

Including Allen, Ward and Considine, the Packers have 78 players under contract on their roster — a figure that doesn't include running back Ryan Grant (unsigned tender) or the nine draft picks.

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