Pro Day buzz: Wednesday notes

Pro Days were held in Kentucky and Maryland, among other places — who could interest the Packers? A couple of defensive line prospects, a quarterback and a cornerback who ran a 4.24-second 40, for starters.

Packers scouts were at a few college pro days on Wednesday. Here are some highlights.

Kentucky pro day

The Packers were one of the teams in Lexington, Ky., for the Wildcats' pro day on Wednesday.

Eleven players worked out, including three who were at the Scouting Combine in February: punter Tim Masthay, safety Marcus McClinton and defensive tackle Myron Pryor. Among those, Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber said, McClinton likely will be the only one drafted. Combine snub Johnny Williams, a strong-side linebacker who also played defensive end last season, could be drafted, too, Steuber said.

McClinton, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, had four interceptions as a senior, lifting his career total to 10. He has some legal issues (he was charged with setting off homemade explosives and pled guilty to second-degree disorderly conduct) that could hurt him.

Keep an eye on Pryor, who at 6-foot and 317 pounds, could be a factor as a 3-4 nose tackle. He was second-team all-Southeastern Conference after posting 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He added a sack in the East-West all-star game.

Masthay is an interesting name to remember, considering the Packers' punting problems last year. After three years of sub-40-yard averages, he averaged 45.2 yards per punt last season, including a 50.6-yard average against Florida. He is Scout.com's fourth-ranked punter.

Williams (6-foot-2, 242) had five sacks as a senior and is a late-round prospect, Steuber says.

Maryland pro day

Four draft prospects were among the 20 Terrapins who worked out for scouts.

Maryland's top prospect is Darrius Heyward-Bey, the 6-foot-2 receiver with the stunning speed. He took part in position drills but didn't run after turning in a 4.3-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. That was the fastest time among the receivers.

Tight end Dan Gronkowski also limited himself to position drills. He finished third at his position at the Combine with 26 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

Kevin Barnes, a 6-foot-1 cornerback, helped himself with a 41-inch vertical leap on Wednesday. Barnes started 21 games during his career, but only played in seven in 2008 after a season-ending shoulder injury. He had two interceptions as a senior and four as a junior.

The fourth of the Terps' top prospects, defensive end Jeremy Navarre, could interest the Packers. He's 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, which would make him a decent fit in their 3-4, and started 48 games with 11.5 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss for Maryland. He had 36 reps on the bench press.

New Mexico State pro day

The Packers are everywhere this time of the year, including being just one of two teams at New Mexico State.

Six players worked out, though the only one who is a draft prospect is quarterback Chase Holbrook, according to Steuber.

Holbrook has ideal size at 6-foot-4 and put up eye-popping numbers with 3,361 passing yards and 25 touchdowns and a four-year total of 11,291 yards and 85 touchdowns. But he played in a spread offense and needs work on his fundamentals.

"He's a gunslinger who primarily works out of the shotgun and possesses poor mechanics," Steuber said. "He has great size and a strong arm, but he takes too many chances and frequently turns the ball over. He has to work on his footwork and get comfortable taking snaps under center. He's a developmental prospect for a team, but he has a long way to go before he's a finished product."

Oklahoma State pro day

The Packers were not one of the teams in Stillwater, Okla., where the Cowboys' top prospect, do-it-all tight end Brandon Pettigrew, did not run because of a strained hamstring sustained a week ago.

Pettigrew, a sure first-round pick because he's the only tight end prospect who can catch and block, ran just a 4.85-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. That might push him down some draft boards, though other spies tell us that a few teams selecting late in the first round were hoping he'd run slow so he might fall into their laps.

Utah pro day

On Tuesday, Utah held its pro day. The headliners were a pair of certain first-day picks: 6-foot-3 cornerback Sean Smith (five interceptions) and 3-4 outside linebacker prospect Paul Kruger (7.5 sacks).

However, one of the lesser names stole the show. Brice McCain, a 5-foot-9 cornerback who played opposite the superb Smith, ran a stunning 4.24-second 40-yard dash. McCain started 38 games over his final three seasons with three career interceptions. He was a first-team all-Mountain West Conference pick as a senior.

Smith, meanwhile, is putting himself in the running to be the third corner off the board after Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins and Illinois' Vontae Davis. He ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash.

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