Small-School LB Impresses Pack

The best defensive player in FCS last season wrapped up his career with 11 sacks and 23.5 TFLs. We have the details on his workout as well as two other pro days the Packers attended on Friday — one of which featured a great small-school tight end.

With the big boys out of the way, Friday's pro days were about some underrated players from smaller programs. Packer Report learned of Packers scouts at three schools.

James Madison

The Dukes, surprisingly, have two quality prospects: guard Dorian Brooks and linebacker Arthur Moats.

Moats (6-0, 246) doesn't have that trademark size you want as an outside linebacker but it's hard to argue with his production. As a senior, he posted 11 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses en route to winning the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in Football Championship Subdivision. His 40 time at the Combine of 4.66 seconds was better than touted end/linebacker hybrids Jerry Hughes and Sergio Kindle. He mostly rested on his Combine numbers on Friday but looked good in position drills. He's someone the Packers really like as a midround prospect, a source told Packer Report.

Brooks (6-2, 306) was a three-year starter who made 37 consecutive starts. He was a third-team FCS All-American as a senior and was one of the more athletic linemen at the Scouting Combine. He's a late-round prospect with all the tools for the Packers' zone blocking scheme. He also worked out at center, a source told Packer Report.

Missouri State

The Packers were one of nine teams in Springfield for the Bears' first-ever pro day.

The main attraction was tight end Clay Harbor (6-3, 252), who won All-American honors as a senior and finished his career ranked first in school history with 150 catches and third with 1,906 yards. Some teams consider him the No. 1 fullback prospect; others see him as a tight end. He would be an ideal addition for the Packers, with coach Mike McCarthy liking to use his tight ends and fullbacks interchangeably at times.

How good of an athlete is Harbor? He led all tight ends at the Combine with 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press, placed second with a 40-inch vertical jump and third with a 4.69 40. On Friday, he blazed to a 4.56 in the 40,'s Chris Steuber reported. Plus, unlike a lot of college tight ends in this day of spread offenses, Harbor played most snaps with his hand on the ground. That combination of ability and production have made him a possible third-round choice.


The alma mater of the late Max McGee, Tulane had two top prospects on display for scout Alonzo Highsmith.

Running back Andre Anderson (5-11, 205) certainly fits the bill for an offense that gets precious little from its running backs in the passing game. As a senior, Anderson rushed for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 230 yards and another score. Anderson replaced Matt Forte as the starter in 2008 but saw his season end with a broken collarbone. He's a late-round possibility after a decent 4.52 40 and explosive 39-inch vertical jump.

Top receiver Jeremy Williams (6-0, 205) hauled in 84 passes for 1,113 yards and seven touchdowns this past season and averaged 24.1 yards with a touchdown as a kickoff returner. After a solid Senior Bowl performance and a vastly improved 4.44 40, he's back to a midround prospect.

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