Packers Watch Top Offensive Linemen

Where were the Packers' scouts on Thursday? We have the answers you need to know — including the elite lineman that director of college scouting John Dorsey watched first-hand. Plus, they sent two scouts to one pro day, where they watched a top center.

Boston College has only two legit NFL prospects. And yet the Green Bay Packers had two scouts in attendance on Thursday at BC's pro day.

The main attraction was Matt Tennant, who is Scout.com's second-ranked center prospect. Tennant (6-5, 300) is the perfect center for a zone blocking scheme, with athleticism that showed in him ranking among the leaders in the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle at the Scouting Combine. He kept those numbers but participated in position drills on Thursday.

The two-time all-conference player started all 41 games at center over his final three seasons with the Eagles.

Boston College shared its pro day with other New England schools. One player to note is Holy Cross quarterback Dominic Randolph (6-2, 224), who threw for 13,445 yards and 117 touchdowns in his career. As a senior, he threw for 3,776 yards and 34 touchdowns and finished with 4,256 total yards and 41 scores.

Clemson

"Everyone knows that I'm fast," running back C.J. Spiller declared when asked by reporters why he didn't test at Clemson's pro day.

Neither did receiver Jacoby Ford. Spiller, the all-everything runner-receiver-returner, cranked out a 4.37 40 at the Combine, which ranked second among the backs. Ford posted a Combine-best 4.28. They did, however, go through positional drills.

Ricky Sapp stuck with his Combine numbers, too, after running a 4.61 40 and cranking out 23 reps on the bench press at the Combine. With Aaron Kampman now in Jacksonville, Sapp could be a target for the Packers with their first pick. He recorded career highs of five sacks and 15 tackles for losses in 2009.

While Spiller will be long gone by pick No. 23, keep an eye on Ford as a third-round prospect. At 5-foot-9, he's going to be limited as a receiver — though he showed great hands at the Senior Bowl. He returned a punt for a touchdown as a senior and finished with three return scores in his career. The national 60-meter indoor champion in 2009, Ford is a solid 186 pounds and not just a sprinter masquerading as a football player.

Idaho

Guard Mike Iupati is a realistic option to be the Packers' first-round pick. Iupati (6-5, 331), a mauling and athletic guard, answered questions about his level of competition with a dominant week at the Senior Bowl. A source told Packer Report that the Packers were one of 10 teams in attendance, with director of college scouting John Dorsey making the trek. That comes on top of their formal interview at the Combine and meeting at the Senior Bowl.

Iupati stuck with his Combine numbers, a source said, and excelled in positional drills.

Nebraska

With all eyes on potential No. 1 overall pick Ndamukong Suh, the Packers got another look at safety Larry Asante after watching him at the Senior Bowl and meeting with him in depth at the Scouting Combine. Asante, a three-year starter with two interceptions as a senior, improved his 40 time from Indy with a 4.55 that solidified his midround standing.

Northwestern

Corey Wootton, a 6-foot-6 defensive end, would have been a high first-round pick had he not torn the ACL in his right knee in the Wildcats' 2008 bowl game. He went from 10 sacks as a junior to four as a senior. He didn't work out at the Combine and didn't work out on Thursday, either.

A possible developmental prospect at quarterback is quarterback Mike Kafka, who threw for 532 yards and four touchdowns in the Outback Bowl against Auburn and was MVP of the East-West all-star game. He was brilliant on his pro day, a source told Packer Report, missing only one throw in his entire workout.

The player who stole the show, however, was Southern Illinois running back Deji Karim (5-9, 205). Karim ran a a sub-4.4 40 with a vertical jump of 43 inches, according to reports. He rushed for 1,694 yards, 7.1 yards per carry and 18 touchdowns as a senior after missing 2008 with a knee injury. He also averaged 30.9 yards with one touchdown on kickoff returns.

Ohio

Price (6-1, 204), a legit second-round prospect, did only positional drills after running a 4.41 at the Combine. Bogged down by suspect quarterback play, he finished with 56 receptions for 784 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. On Thursday, he caught all 12 passes during drills, according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber.

Texas Tech

Jamar Wall (5-10) is a late-round cornerback prospect. He is a big-hitting intimidator who might fit the Packers' scheme with his long arms making him a tough matchup in press coverage. Details of Tech's workouts were not available.

Oregon

Controversial running back LeGarrette Blount skipped this pro day to work out at the school's second pro day next week. According to NFL.com, however, not all scouts were aware of Blount's decision.

Blount, who lost most of his senior season and sent his draft stock plummeting with his cheap shot of a Boise State player after a season-opening loss, helped rebuild some of that draft stock with a superb Senior Bowl week and impressive showing at the Combine.

The only top Oregon prospect to do all the workout was tight end Ed Dickson, who ran a blistering 4.56.


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