Pro Day buzz: Pack at UNC, Pitt

Aside from top prospects Hakeem Nicks and LeSean McCoy, who were the Packers watching during Tuesday's workouts? We have those answers in this exclusive.

The Green Bay Packers were represented at both of Tuesday's BCS school pro days.

At North Carolina, a trio of NFL-caliber receivers were on display, while at Pittsburgh, running back LeSean McCoy worked out after being too sick to do so at the Scouting Combine last month.

While Hakeem Nicks, Scout.com's fourth-ranked receiver, likely will be a first-round pick, his teammates could draw the Packers' interest later in the draft.

Brooks Foster, who caught 30 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns last season, has all the tools to be a big factor in the NFL. The 6-foot-1 Foster ran a 4.39-seconds 40-yard dash on Tuesday, and he put up 27 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the Combine. His nose for the ball on special teams will be an attraction, too, as he works his way into a team's receiver rotation.

"He has a big ceiling," Tar Heels coach Butch Davis said on the school's Web site. "One thing that many of the scouts have been impressed with is his ability to play outside the position. If you're going to make it in the National Football League, then you're going to have to be a significant contributor on special teams. They like his willingness to do that."

One reason why Nicks put up such monster numbers (68 catches, 1,222 yards, 12 touchdowns) is because the Tar Heels lost Brandon Tate to a torn ACL and MCL at midseason. The 6-foot-1 Tate averaged 23.5 yards on 13 receptions (with three touchdowns), 22.6 yards on seven punt returns (with one touchdown) and 27.7 yards on 11 kickoff returns before the injury. He jogged at the workout but did not run or participate in position drills.

"I just wanted to show scouts that I'm gradually making my way back," Tate, the NCAA's career leader in combined kick return yardage, said on the team's Web site. "I'm just doing what the doctors tell me to do. I want to do more, but I just keep working hard in the weight room and training room."

Scout.com draft expert Chris Steuber says Tate will be a fourth- or fifth-round selection while Foster will go in the sixth round.

A possible late-round prospect is tight end Richard Quinn. In a draft with so many pass-catching tight ends who can't block, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Quinn is known as a tremendous blocker. He caught just eight passes last season but declared for the draft, anyway. The Packers have a great pass-catching tight end prospect in Jermichael Finley, so Quinn could be an option.

Meanwhile, at Pittsburgh, McCoy was eager to strut his stuff to scouts. He had lost 15 pounds before the Combine because of the flu and elected not to work out in Indianapolis. McCoy, whose optimum weight is 210 pounds, is back to 204. He wasn't happy with his 40-yard times in the low 4.5s but he impressed scouts with his pass-catching ability.

"I don't think I blew anybody away today, to be honest with you, but I think I did pretty well," McCoy told Scout.com's Pittsburgh insider, Dale Grdnic. "I think, maybe, people were impressed with my strength. The running drills, showing my cutting ability, my moves and things like that. I think I did pretty well."

McCoy is Scout.com's third-ranked running back and figures to go at the end of the first round or, at latest, early in the second. He's probably not on the Packers' radar because they have other needs, but one intriguing prospect is Scott McKillop, Scout's sixth-ranked middle linebacker.

The 6-foot-1, 243-pound McKillop finished among the national leaders with 137 tackles and a whopping 17.5 tackles for loss.

"All I did today was position drills, and I think I did real well,'' McKillop told Grdnic. "A lot of the teams wanted to see how well I move in space, and I believe I answered a lot of those questions they had today by playing quick and showing that I am athletic."

With Nick Barnett coming off a torn ACL and A.J. Hawk coming off of a disappointing year, McKillop would provide depth in the middle and be a willing special-teams headhunter.

"McKillop is an instinctive defender who diagnoses the action extremely well," Steuber said. "He has good size and strength and tracks down the opposition. He doesn't always get off blocks cleanly, but he's a hard worker and makes plays happen. He has good speed, but flashes late on the scene occasionally. He's aware of his surroundings, plays well in space and displays good tackling technique. He gets good depth on his drops and immediately locates the tight end. He plays with a high motor and passion for the game."

Steuber called him a fourth- or fifth-round prospect.

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