Coffman finally getting healthy

Scout.com NFL insider Ed Thompson has updates on three prospects of interest to Packers fans: tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Zack Follett and receiver Patrick Turner.

A source has told Scout.com the Missouri tight end Chase Coffman had an official visit earlier this week with the Philadelphia Eagles. He'll also be participating on a limited basis at the Kansas City Chiefs' workout for local draft prospects today.

During his senior year, Coffman made 90 catches for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns, and he claimed the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision's record as the all-time leader in receptions by a tight end.

Because Missouri worked out of a spread offense, Coffman wasn't asked to block very often, but the 6-foot-6, 244-pound player is confident he can be effective in that role at the next level.

"I definitely have the talent and the work ethic, whatever it's going to take to get down in that three-point stance and block on the line of scrimmage," he said during an exclusive Scout.com interview. "I know I'm going to have to do it at the next level, and that's something that I'm going to be working very hard to do well for whatever team I go to."

Coffman, the son of former Packers tight end Paul Coffman, hasn't been able to participate in full workouts during the offseason due to suffering a Jones Fracture, a break of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in Missouri's bowl game. However, he's nearly 100 percent recovered and should be ready for action by the time he's expected to report to an NFL club.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were among the teams that invited him to meet with them for a formal interview.

At the Scouting Combine, Packers general manager Ted Thompson said he had been in frequent contact with Paul Coffman during this past season.

Coffman told Scout.com that the whole pre-draft has been an exciting time for him. 

"It's a once in a lifetime experience, and I'm glad I'm in this position. I've been very blessed," he said.


Cal linebacker Zack Follett was scheduled to hold a private workout for the Oakland Raiders and will also be participating in the San Francisco 49ers workout for local draft prospects, according to a source.


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At the NFL Scouting Combine, Follett said the Packers were one of the teams that had scheduled a formal interview with him.

Well-known for his hard-hitting, aggressive style of play, the first-team all-Pac-10 player led the conference in tackles for loss (23) and logged 10.5 quarterback sacks during his senior year. He's also got a knack for forcing his opponents to cough up the football.

"I had seven forced fumbles in my senior year of high school alone. That's something I pride myself on, when you see those 13 forced fumbles you know that I'm a hitter," Follett said during an interview with Scout.com back in February. "I don't think many of them came from me getting my hand in there and stripping it, it all came from running full speed into that ball-carrier and just delivering a blow to make that ball pop out. My sophomore year I forced four fumbles, best in the Pac-10, and then I had five my senior year which was my career best."


A source has told Scout.com that USC wide receiver Patrick Turner is scheduled to visit the Tennessee Titans on April 14 and the Dallas Cowboys on April 16 and 17.

A two-year starter for the Trojans, Turner caught 138 passes for 1,752 yards and 17 touchdowns during his college career. At 6-foot-5, 223 pounds, he's a big target who pulled in 10 of those touchdown catches during his senior year.

Turner is an unselfish player whose transition to the NFL should go smoothly due to his experience in USC's pro-style offense. With 48 game appearances dating back to his freshman season, he's a stable and steady talent who runs good routes and who will lay out for a pass, using his long arms and good hands to pull in an errant throw.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson attended USC's pro day earlier this month.

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