The Green Bay Packers were one of about eight teams in attendance as Wisconsin linebacker DeAndre Levy held what wound up being a personal workout earlier this week, he told Scout.com senior analyst Ed Thompson on Saturday.
Levy injured a hamstring at the Scouting Combine in February and wasn't healthy enough to run at the Badgers' pro day in March. So, this was his chance to impress the scouts.
And impress he did. Levy told Thompson that he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds, his three-cone drill in 7.12 seconds and short shuttle in 4.2 seconds. He also posted a vertical jump of 35.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 3 inches.
To put those numbers in perspective, he would have ranked first among linebackers at the Combine in the 40, 10th in the three-cone drill, tied for third in the short shuttle, fifth in the vertical jump and tied for second in the broad jump.
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Levy played strong-side linebacker in the Badgers' 4-3 defense but probably would move inside in the Packers' 3-4.
Not only would he add depth but he would provide another player on special teams, which is an area the Packers are determined to improve. If drafted by the Packers, Levy would battle Danny Lansanah for a roster spot with fellow inside linebackers Nick Barnett, A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop.
Levy, a three-year starter for the Badgers, had a career-high 73 tackles, a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss and was an honorable mention on the all-Big Ten team as a senior. He had some of his best games against the best competition, with a season-high 10 tackles against Ohio State and two of his five sacks in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State.
"Levy is an effective defender who's physical at the line of scrimmage and has the athleticism to track down the opposition on the perimeter," Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber said. "He has good size, but tends to get caught up in the shuffle. He uses his straight-line speed and hands to his advantage to beat the opposition off the edge. He's a little stiff in the hips and doesn't transition well in coverage. He's an intelligent player who's aware of his surroundings. He's a solid player all-around, but his production doesn't live up to his potential."
Levy's linebacker counterpart, Jonathan Casillas, was unable to work out as planned. Casillas needed knee surgery late in the season and didn't run at the Combine or the Badgers' pro day. He told Packer Report that he had a formal interview with the Packers at the Combine.
Casillas, the best athlete on the Badgers' defense, finished third on the team with 62 tackles, including six for a loss, despite missing three games with a knee he injured during fall camp. As a junior, he tallied a team-high 96 tackles, including nine for losses. As a sophomore, he posted 83 tackles with a team-high 12.5 for losses.
Both figured to be fourth-, through sixth-round selections, according to insiders. Casillas' slow recovery, however, no doubt isn't helping his draft status.
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