Big Day For Cornerback News

South Florida's Jerome Murphy is slated to visit Green Bay, a source tells us. Meanwhile, Ted Thompson and a position coach show continued interest in another midround corner. Plus, the team watches this corner's personal workout. We have the must-read news!

In a deep class of cornerbacks, the Packers got another look at South Florida's Jerome Murphy on Tuesday.

And they'll get another look.

The 6-foot Murphy, who the Packers met with at the Senior Bowl and scout Brian Gutekunst watched on Tuesday, is one of the few big cornerbacks in this draft. Thus, the Packers will do more homework on him by using one of their allotted 30 visits on Murphy. The Packers' interest was first reported by National Football Post and confirmed to Packer Report by a source.

Murphy intercepted four passes as a senior and six in his two seasons as the starter. He's superb in man and press coverage, and is one of the top corners in this draft in terms of run support. Plus, he averaged 24.3 yards per kickoff return in 2007.

Murphy rested on all of his Scouting Combine numbers but the 40-yard dash. He ran a 4.51, which matched his effort at the Combine.

Two other players to remember are safety Nate Allen and hybrid defender George Selvie. Allen (6-1, 207), who was the best safety at the Senior Bowl, is recovering from a pulled quad. He picked off nine passes in his last three seasons and is sound in coverage and against the run. Selvie's stock has plummeted this offseason and his 4.88 40 on Tuesday won't help. Selvie (6-5, 252) has eight sacks over the last two seasons after posting a whopping 14.5 as a sophomore. He figures to last into the fourth round.


With the must-see USC pro day on Wednesday, Packers general manager Ted Thompson went to Los Angeles a day early and watched UCLA's pro day.

The one Bruins player to remember is cornerback Alterraun Verner, who the Packers like a lot, sources have told Packer Report.

The three-year starter was a vital cog in the Bruins' secondary for all four seasons. He picked off 13 passes in his career, which he ended with a bang with career highs of five interceptions and five tackles for losses. He scored two touchdowns as a senior — one on an interception and one on a blocked field goal.

Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt ran the drills, our source said.

Verner went through position drills only, resting on his numbers from the Scouting Combine, which included a 40-yard time of 4.53 seconds. At 5-foot-10, he doesn't have great height and he's not the fastest corner in this draft — which are reasons why he's considered a midround prospect. But he's smart (academic all-conference), smooth (second-ranked three-cone time at Combine) and seasoned. Those traits were apparent on Tuesday, a source told us. At this point, it would be absolutely no surprise if the Packers took Verner in the third round.

Oklahoma State

The Packers were one of about a dozen teams to watch Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox's workout, a source told Packer Report.

He was trying to improve his 4.58 clocking in the 40 at the Combine when he admitted he "wasn't quite as prepared as I could have been." He did just that, with a reported best time of 4.45 seconds. His three-cone time of a reported 6.70 seconds would have tied for second at the Combine.

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy barred Cox from working out in front of scouts at the school's pro day on March 10. It was Gundy's last dose of punishment after suspending Cox from the Cowboys' Cotton Bowl game because he missed curfew twice.

Cox is one of the most gifted and productive cornerbacks in this draft. He intercepted 10 passes in his career, including four as a senior. At a shade over 5-foot-11, he's got the size the Packers demand at the position. And his kick return skills have no parallel in this draft class. As a senior, he averaged 29.8 yards per kickoff return with two touchdowns, giving him six career kickoff returns for touchdowns in addition to a touchdown on a punt return as a sophomore.

The Packers held a formal interview with Cox at the Combine, according to a league source.

New Mexico State

Jason Scott (5-10, 210) is the best prospect on a bad team but would be an undrafted free agent. He led the Aggies with 104 tackles as a middle linebacker but would move to safety.


Most teams had a scout at Corey Wootton's individual workout on Monday, and the Packers were one of them, a source told Packer Report.

Wootton is one of the most intriguing prospects in this entire draft. At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, Wootton has the build to be a 3-4 defensive end but the athleticism to cut some weight and play outside linebacker. Opinion among the 3-4 teams seems evenly split for his best position.

Wootton, who played last season after tearing his ACL in the Wildcats' 2008 bowl game, ran his 40s in 4.92 seconds with a 32-inch vertical jump. The times, while not bad, probably won't help his draft stock. That could mean a steal in the third round — Wootton had 10 sacks and 16 tackles for losses as a junior. At less than full strength last year, he posted four sacks and six tackles for losses.

"I showed them I'm a lot healthier than I was during the season," Wootton told Northwestern's Web site. "I showed I could move around well without the brace and had good change-of-direction. They know I have a little bit left, and I'll have it back by next season."

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