Pro Day buzz: Pack watches White

Here is a roundup of Thursday's pro days, leading with the Packers in Morgantown to watch Pat White. Other pro days were held in Nebraska, Oregon and Kansas State, among others.

Along with Boston College's pro day (see related story here), there were 15 other on-campus workouts held Thursday.

Here are the key ones. We will update this story as warranted with updates on players who could interest the Packers in next month's draft.

West Virginia: The Packers were in Morgantown to watch Pat White, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber. White, the quarterback with the stunning athleticism and powerful, if erratic, arm, is a dream come true for any team that wants to run the Wildcat. Simply, White is a blur as a runner and can make big plays in the air.

White took part in passing drills but did not go through physical testing, electing to stand on his accomplishments at last month's Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.55-seconds 40-yard dash. Interestingly, even though White was the only big-time prospect at the workout, the Steelers sent coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert, Steuber said. White told reporters that Pittsburgh is his top choice of teams.

White only went through quarterback drills, so if any teams wanted to see him work as a receiver, they left disappointed.

"WVU's all-time winningest QB was loose and crisp, putting plenty of zip on his passes and executing his drops with precision. One 40-yard bomb drew ‘oohs' and ‘ahhhs' from the players and reporters," Scout.com's West Virginia insider, James Todd, said.

Kansas State: Scouts came to watch two standouts: quarterback Josh Freeman, who could be a first-round prospect, and outside linebacker Ian Campbell.

Campbell is the 12th-ranked outside linebacker in the draft by Scout.com and would be someone of interest for the Packers. At 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, he's got the build to be an ideal fit in a 3-4 defense. He had 4.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss as a senior. He finished with 20.5 career sacks, including 11.5 and 17.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore.

While his production dropped his last two seasons, he was first-team all-Big 12 as a junior and a second-teamer last season. He showed his quickness with superb times in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle at the Combine.

Nebraska: Two Cornhuskers on teams' radars are running back Marlon Lucky and offensive tackle Lydon Murtha.

The Packers were one of the teams in attendance, according to Steuber.

Lucky could be an interesting option for the Packers if they're not thrilled with former Nebraska star Brandon Jackson. As a junior in the West Coast offense, he rushed for 1,019 yards and caught 75 passes. As a senior in a spread offense, his production dipped to 517 rushing yards and 26 catches. But at 5-foot-11 and 216 pounds, he's got good size, and his 40-yard time at the Combine (4.59 seconds) ranked 10th among running backs. Lucky said one scout had him at 4.42 seconds on Thursday.

Murtha went from undrafted to mid- to late-round prospect at the Combine, where he finished first in three drills (including the fastest 40-yard dash for a lineman in 10 years) and second in another. Murtha, at 6-foot-7 and 306 pounds, started parts of all four seasons but also missed eight games over his last two seasons, including six games with foot problems. He'd be an intriguing prospect to watch and learn behind Mark Tauscher, assuming he returns.

"It's technique, but it's quickness with your feet, how you side step, use your hands - stuff like that," Murtha told our Nebraska insider. "They put you through a lot of stuff you have already done, so it's not really a surprise."

Northwestern: Tyrell Sutton had a fabulous four-year career with the Wildcats, rushing for more than 3,800 yards with 149 receptions, though his size (5-foot-8, 211 pounds) and injury history (missed four games each of final two seasons) will hurt his draft stock. He needed to improve on his 40 timing of 4.72 at the Combine at his workout. He's certainly a prospect to watch for the Packers because of what he brings to the table in passing situations.

Oregon: The Ducks had a flock of top prospects on display, topped by Max Unger (Scout.com's second-ranked center) and Patrick Chung (third-ranked safety).

Unger is arguably the best center in the draft, plus he can play both guard spots and even right tackle. He made 51 consecutive starts, was a two-time first-team all-Pac 10 selection and was a finalist for the Rimington Award as the nation's top center as a senior. If the Packers wind up trading out of the No. 9 pick, Unger could be a target in the bottom third of the first round.

The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Chung is the fourth-leading tackler in school history, has nine career interceptions and averaged 25.6 yards on 12 kickoff returns as a senior.

Also on the radar are cornerback Jairus Byrd (five interceptions, 14 passes defensed), the son of former NFL player Gill Byrd, running back Jeremiah Johnson (1,201 rushing yards, 10 TDs as senior), tackle Fenuki Tupou (6-foot-6, 330-pound all-conference left tackle) and towering 6-foot-4 receiver Jaison Williams (36 catches, 473 yards, four TDs).

Texas Tech: The juice was taken out of this workout when top-ranked receiver Michael Crabtree opted for surgery on the stress fracture in his foot.

But, there were a few prospects for the Packers to consider. Brandon Williams, who at 6-foot-3, 243 pounds would move from defensive end to outside linebacker in Green Bay, piled up 11 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year as a junior.

Safety Darcel McBath (6-foot, 198) picked off six passes as a senior. Some insiders think he's one of the top handful of safeties in this draft, while others think he's a fourth- or fifth-round selection.

Prolific quarterback Graham Harrell benefitted from Mike Leach's spread offense and having Crabtree at his disposal to throw for a stunning 5,111 yards and 45 touchdowns last season. But he was exposed as a system quarterback at the Senior Bowl, when his lack of arm strength was evident. But, Steuber lauds Harrell's intelligence, patience in the pocket and accuracy on intermediate throws. He figures to be a late-round selection.

Wyoming: Watch out for running back Devin Moore. He wasn't invited to the Combine but worked out for scouts at an Indianapolis hotel. He's small at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, but he rushed for 1,301 yards and seven touchdowns and averaged 21.5 yards on kickoff returns. If he turned in a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash — he's been clocked at 4.3 — he'll really be watched by scouts. The Packers certainly could use a threat with breakaway speed.

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