Conference call

Where did the Packers find their players? A breakdown by's Steve Lawrence may surprise you.

When you think of Portland State you think of … wait, you don't think of Portland State?

Well, even if you did think of Portland State, you certainly didn't think of the Vikings as a football factory. In fact, the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) program went just 3-8 last season. So, we're not talking about FCS champion Appalachian State here, much less Louisiana State or Ohio State.

Nonetheless, Portland State has more players on the Packers' 88-player roster than any other school with three (tied with Louisville and Tennessee).

What does that mean? Probably nothing, since there's at least a decent chance none of the Portland State players will make the final roster. But, it does show general manager Ted Thompson leaves no stone uncovered in hopes of unearthing talent.

Not surprisingly, the Big Ten has provided the most talent to the Packers, with 10 players. The SEC — which easily provided the most players to NFL rosters last season — is tied with, surprisingly, the Western Athletic Conference with nine players, followed by the Pac-10 with eight.

Breaking it down by the major conferences:

ACC — 6 players: But none from Miami (which led the NFL with 46 players on opening-day rosters last season) and Florida State (third with 41). With the possible exception of safety Aaron Rouse, none of the six are likely to be starters next season.

Big East — 7 players: Two schools provided five of the seven players (Louisville and Rutgers), but none from the conference's perennial best team, West Virginia.

Big Ten — 10 players: Ohio State (44) provided the second-most players to the NFL, and two Buckeyes (Ryan Pickett, A.J. Hawk) play for the Packers. Northwestern, however, provided more players than Michigan and Michigan State combined (two to one). Iowa leads with three.

Big 12 — 7 players: None, however, are from the conference's perennial powerhouse, Oklahoma. Mike Sherman's new team, Texas A&M, leads with two. Of the seven, only kicker Mason Crosby is a starter.

SEC — 9 players: Tennessee (36) and Georgia (35) ranked fourth and fifth in players in the NFL. Three Tennessee players (Chad Clifton, Scott Wells, Justin Harrell) play for the Packers. Georgia, Florida and LSU, the SEC's three other elite schools, have provided one backup apiece.

Pac-10 — 7 players: The only player from the conference's elite program, USC, is backup fullback Ryan Powdrell. UCLA, which usually doesn't field a credible defense, has given the Packers two backup linebackers.



Atlantic Coast: 6

CB Will Blackmon, Boston College

OT Orrin Thompson, Duke

DT Conrad Bolston, Maryland

TE Joey Haynos, Maryland

S Aaron Rouse, Virginia Tech

DE Jeremy Thompson, Wake Forest


Big East: 7

LB Danny Lansanah, Connecticut

QB Brian Brohm, Louisville

OT Breno Giacomini, Louisville

G Jason Spitz, Louisville

G Cameron Stephenson, Rutgers

CB Joe Porter, Rutgers

WR Taj Smith, Syracuse


Big Ten: 10

LB Abdul Hodge, Iowa

DE Aaron Kampman, Iowa

DT Colin Cole, Iowa

CB Charles Woodson, Michigan

G Ryan Keenan, Northwestern

RB Noah Herron, Northwestern

DT Ryan Pickett, Ohio State

LB A.J. Hawk, Ohio State

OT Mark Tauscher, Wisconsin

P Ken DeBauche, Wisconsin


Big 12: 7

K Mason Crosby, Colorado

WR Jordan Nelson, Kansas State

RB Brandon Jackson, Nebraska

RB Vernand Morency, Oklahoma State

TE Jermichael Finley, Texas

DT Johnny Jolly, Texas A&M

DE Michael Montgomery, Texas A&M


Southeastern: 9

CB Charlie Peprah, Alabama

CB Patrick Lee, Auburn

RB DeShawn Wynn, Florida

RB Kregg Lumpkin, Georgia

QB Matt Flynn, LSU

TE Donald Lee, Mississippi State

OT Chad Clifton, Tennessee

C Scott Wells, Tennessee

DT Justin Harrell, Tennessee


Pac-10: 7

QB Aaron Rodgers, California

LB Desmond Bishop, California

LB Nick Barnett, Oregon State

FB Ryan Powdrell, Southern Cal

LB Spencer Havner, UCLA

LB Brandon Chillar, UCLA

OT Joe Toledo, Washington

Independent: 2

LS J.J. Jansen, Notre Dame

RB Ryan Grant, Notre Dame



Conference USA: 5

RB Corey White, Alabama-Birmingham

G Josh Sitton, Central Florida

S Atari Bigby, Central Florida

WR Chris Francies, Texas-El Paso

LS Thomas Gafford, Houston

Mid-American: 4

TE Tory Humphrey, Central Michigan

DE Cullen Jenkins, Central Michigan

DE Daniel Muir, Kent State

WR Greg Jennings, Western Michigan

Mountain West: 3

LB Brady Poppinga, BYU

DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, San Diego State

WR Brett Swain, San Diego State

Western Athletic: 9

G Daryn Colledge, Boise State

FB Korey Hall, Boise State

S Tyrone Culver, Fresno State

LB Marcus Riley, Fresno State

OT Ryan Considine, Louisiana Tech

CB Tramon Williams, Louisiana Tech

OT Tony Moll, Nevada

WR James Jones, San Jose State

CB Jarrett Bush, Utah State

Sun Belt: 3

CB Kyle Ward, Louisiana-Lafayette

WR Johnny Quinn, North Texas

DT Alfred Malone, Troy


WR Donald Driver, Alcorn State

DE Jason Hunter, Appalachian State

S Nick Collins, Bethune-Cookman

LB Tracy White, Howard

WR Jake Allen, Mississippi College

G Allen Barbre, Missouri Southern State

WR Rod Harper, Murray State

G Junius Coston, North Carolina A&T

TE Mike Peterson, Northwest Missouri State

WR Shaun Bodiford, Portland State

C Brennen Carvalho, Portland State

CB Condrew Allen, Portland State

WR Ruvell Martin, Saginaw Valley State

FB John Kuhn, Shippensburg

CB Al Harris, Texas A&M-Kingsville

P Jon Ryan, Regina (Canada)


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