The 2010 Draft: The Next McGee?

The Packers send a scout to Tulane, where one of the nation's top receivers and a quality running back are entering their senior seasons.

It was more than a half-century ago when the Green Bay Packers used a fifth-round draft choice on Max McGee.

Maybe, the Packers will find another gem — possibly even a receiver — from the school that in 2008 produced Chicago running back Matt Forte.

According to Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber, Packers scout Richmond Williams visited Tulane on Friday. Yes, preparations for the 2010 NFL Draft are under way before the college season has even kicked off.

The Green Wave's top two prospects, wide receiver Jeremy Williams and running back Andre Anderson, are among the top at their position.


WR Jeremy Williams
Tulane University photo
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Williams is Tulane's No. 1 prospect and the diamond that presents the most clarity to scouts. After starting the 2008 season off strong by catching 27 passes for 437 yards and five touchdowns in the first five games, Williams broke a bone in his right hand in the fifth game against Army and missed the remainder of the season. A big-play threat downfield, Williams is physical off the line and runs crisp intermediate routes that make him hard to defend. He reads coverages well and does a nice job of finding openings within the defense. He doesn't possess elite speed, but he's deceptively quick and agile and makes a lot of plays.

Injury also cut Anderson's season short in '08, as he suffered a shoulder injury during the seventh game against Rice. Prior to his injury, Anderson had 174 carries for 864 yards (5.0 average) and seven touchdowns; he also caught 25 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. At 5-foot-11, 212 pounds, Anderson resembles Forte athletically and physically, but isn't as highly touted as Forte. Anderson lacks top end speed, but he's a strong runner between the tackles and has the quickness to get on the edge. He doesn't go down on initial contact and fights for extra yards. As a receiver, he shows patience coming out of the backfield, sets up nicely to give the quarterback a target to throw to, and quickly turns up field using his vision and cutback ability. He's a good short yardage runner and is dangerous in the red zone.

Williams is the ninth-rated wide receiver (137th overall) and Anderson is the 20th-rated running back (283rd overall) in Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

The Packers also had a scout attend a recent practice at TCU.


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