Packers Active In Second Draft

The undrafted free agent signings have begun, including two outside linebackers, a ballhawking safety and a productive kickoff return prospect.

Packer Report has learned of and confirmed several undrafted free agent signings (and is relaying a few others).

The latest we have learned about is Connecticut safety Robert Vaughn (5-11, 200), and his signing could be quite a coup. Vaughn started for three seasons, including as a sophomore, when he finished with seven interceptions, and as a senior, when he picked off five more balls to give him 14 for his career. His stock fell, though, with 40-yard times of 4.64 and 4.71 seconds at his pro day.

Central Michigan's Frank Zombo (6-4, 254) will be one of the outside linebackers that general manager Ted Thompson hinted that he'd be signing. A three-year starter, he tallied 23.5 sacks and 36 tackles for losses during that span. The Packers were at his pro day, where he also worked out as a tight end.

Another outside linebacker who will get a chance to compete is Stephen F. Austin's intriguing Tim Knicky (6-4, 252), who told Packer Report that he had signed. As a senior, he posted 12.5 sacks and 15 tackles for losses. He was considered one of the draft's big sleepers. That came on the heels of 12 sacks and 20.5 tackles for losses as a junior.

Stillman running back Quinn Porter (5-foot-11, 205 pounds) rushed for 1,247 yards (6.4 average) as a senior along with an eye-popping 39.8-yard average on kickoff returns. Of his 10 returns, two were brought back for touchdowns.

Before the draft, the Packers worked out South Dakota's Noah Shepard, and he's also signed. 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.

The Packers didn't draft a receiver and will need some for rookie camp, so they reportedly signed Fresno State's Chastin West (6-0) and UTEP's Jeff Moturi (6-0). Moturi caught 170 passes for 2,527 yards and earned all-Conference USA accolades three times. In 2007, he caught 13 touchdown passes — including one in 10 straight games. West caught 30 passes (15.7 yards per catch) and averaged 9.9 yards on punt returns with a touchdown.

According to various reports, Miami corner Sam Shields has signed. At 5-foot-11, he's got good size, but the athleticism is intriguing. He ran 40-yard times of 4.30 and 4.33 seconds at his pro day. He had no interceptions in 12 games as a senior after moving from receiver, where he spent his first three seasons. He was the Canes' special teams player of the year for his work as a gunner as a junior. His draft chances were sunk when he was arrest for possession of marijuana the week before the Combine.

According to the Connecticut News (and confirmed to Packer Report by his agent), inside linebacker Alex Joseph (6-1, 238) signed. He showed outstanding athleticism at his pro day with a 4.62 40 and three-cone time of 6.69 seconds. He led the Owls with 73 tackles as a senior and was a three-year starter.

Eastern Illinois offensive tackle Chris Campbell (6-5, 325) started only as a senior, earning second-team all-Ohio Valley but, thanks to agent Joe Linta getting him into the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game, got on draft radars. "Thank God the guy at the Texas vs. the Nation game let him in," Linta said in a story for "Once Chris got into that game, he walked on the field, kicked a few butts and at that point people took notice. From that point, it was me calling people and not taking no for an answer."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Nick McDonald, a Division II All-American at left tackle, has signed. McDonald (6-4, 306) played guard as a junior. He did 27 reps on the bench press at a conference pro day.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Wake Forest's John Russell (6-3, 278) has signed. A defensive end, he tallied 4.5 sacks as a senior and did 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

The Packers went north of the border for Shawn Gore of Bishop's University, who will compete on a tryout basis, according to reports. He caught 37 passes for 610 yards and five touchdowns in nine games last season. The 6-foot-1 player was born in Toronto.

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