Scout Watch: OT on Display

The Packers will be watching a standout offensive tackle on Friday when Pittsburgh visits Rutgers.

Packers scout Lee Gissendaner will be in attendance when Rutgers hosts Pittsburgh in a Big East game on Friday night, according to Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber.

One player to keep an eye on is Rutgers' Anthony Davis. The junior is one of the top five offensive tackle prospects in the country, according to Steuber. In his mock draft released earlier in the week, Davis was the Packers' first-round pick.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Davis was a second-team all-Big East selection at left tackle last year and a first-team freshman all-America at guard in 2007.

"He's quick off the snap, makes good adjustments and possesses a strong upper body," Steuber said. "He delivers a devastating punch to defenders, stunts their progress and is able to knock them off their rush. He possesses nimble feet, gets to the second level with ease and makes his presence known by attacking linebackers. He plays with a mean streak and is aware of his surroundings. Davis has to improve his conditioning habits and become more motivated as a player."

In addition to Davis, Rutgers has some promising senior prospects including 15th-ranked offensive tackle Kevin Haslam and 10th-ranked middle linebacker Ryan D'Imperio.

Pittsburgh's top prospect is tight end Nate Byham, a 6-foot-4, 258-pounder who is an excellent blocker. Byham has six catches in six games this season after catching 20 for 260 yards and a touchdown last year.

"He gets off the line quickly and explodes into the opposition using his hands and balance to his advantage," Steuber said. "Byham is still developing as a receiver and has to concentrate mostly on his route running. He has good hands and speed, but has to run crisper routes over the middle to become an offensive force. He hasn't been utilized much as a receiver in Pitt's offense but he has the potential to become a complete tight end and should emerge as a fourth-round draft pick next April."

Other seniors to watch are 29th-ranked cornerback Aaron Berry and 16th-ranked offensive tackle Joe Thomas.


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