Packers Scouting Dual-Threat QB

This small-school quarterback accounted for 111 total touchdowns during his career. Plus, we tell you who the Packers were scouting at the two pro days they attended on Monday.

The Packers will send a scout to South Dakota to work out quarterback Noah Shepard on Wednesday, a source told Packer Report on Monday.

As a three-and-a-half-year starter, Shepard (6-foot-2) put up some impressive numbers. He tops the school career charts in touchdown passes (77) and passing yards (8,936), and threw for 2,451 yards with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions during his senior season.

What makes Shepard an intriguing prospect is his running ability. He ranks eighth in school history with 2,197 rushing yards, including 500 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. His 34 total touchdowns as a senior gave him 20.4 points per game, good for second nationally. He closed his career with 31 rushing touchdowns.

"Shepard won't be drafted, but I know teams like him as a developmental guy," draft analyst Chris Steuber said. "He has good skills and is relatively athletic, but he has a long way to go. He has good size and an above-average arm. He has to work on his mechanics and accuracy."

Monday's pro days

— At Iowa, the big prospect was left tackle Bryan Bulaga, who would be a strong consideration at No. 23 overall if he's still on the board. Bulaga, the Big Ten's lineman of the year, rested on all of his Combine numbers but the bench press, where he put up 225 pounds 27 times. He then went through individual drills.

The Hawkeyes have several other prospects who have the Packers' attention. Bulaga's bookend, Chris Calloway (6-6, 312), put up 24 reps on the bench press. He spent most of his career at right tackle but played several games at left tackle in 2007 and played guard in January's Orange Bowl. That versatility could get him into the third round.

Cornerback Amari Spievey met with the Packers at the Combine. The 5-foot-11 all-Big Ten cornerback picked off six passes in his two years at Iowa. He could be a target in the third round. Versatile linebacker A.J. Edds met with the Packers at the Senior Bowl. He's outstanding in coverage and has consistently run 40-yard times in the 4.6s.

Tight end Tony Moeaki, who ran a 4.62 40 on Monday according to National Football Post, caught 30 passes as a senior, including a 54-yarder at the Orange Bowl in which he showed his athleticism. He is a good two-way threat and probably is a fourth-round prospect.

— At Southern Mississippi, Brett Favre's alma mater, the Golden Eagles probably won't have anyone drafted. Safety Eddie Hicks (5-10), who picked off five passes as a senior and 13 for his career, has been training with former Olympic sprinter Ed Lovelace to get his 40 time into the 4.4s, according to the Hattiesburg American. Running back Damion Fletcher (5-10, 182) rushed for 1,015 yards — his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season — and caught 29 passes as a senior. He concluded his career with 109 receptions.

— Of note, the Packers were not at Abilene Christian, where touted but troubled left tackle Tony Washington worked out only for the Cowboys, a source told Packer Report.

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