What follows is specific mention by the media of the Green Bay Packers at pro day workouts from around the nation that have taken place in March.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst was in attendance at the Hoosiers pro day that featured several notable pass-receiving threats.
The best among them was wide receiver Cody Latimer, who was the only Indiana player invited to the NFL Combine but only did the bench press after having hernia surgery.
Having a few extra weeks to recover, Latimer impressed during his pro day workout. He reportedly ran as fast as 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which is exceedingly impressive considering his 6' 3" and 215 lb. frame. Latimer also had a 39-inch vertical.
Latimer declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season in 2013 in which he caught 72 passes for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns on his way to being named second-team All-Big Ten Conference.
"Meanwhile, Indiana wide receiver Kofi Hughes, a later-round prospect, ran the 40-yard dash between 4.49 and 4.52 seconds with a 35.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-6 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times," writes Wilson.
Also on display was tight end Ted Bolser, who was invited to the East-West Shrine Game.
Packers scout Chad Brinker returned to his alma mater to check out the Ohio Bobcats pro day, where the star attraction was cornerback Travis Carrie, the only player from the university invited to the Combine.
Like Latimer, Carrie was limited to only the bench press at the Combine because of a knee issue. He missed two full seasons because of hip and shoulder injuries in college.
“Travis Carrie was invited to the Combine and he was unable to work out at the combine, so a lot of scouts came down here to workout.” Brinker is quoted as saying by The Post, a university publication. “We needed him to run the 40 and do position drills and all those things. He did a nice job. ... Overall it’s a good crop of guys.”
According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Carrie ran as fast as 4.45 seconds in the 40 and had a 41-inch vertical. In addition to being a defensive back, Carrie was also a first-team All-MAC selection as a punt returner in 2013.
Others working out included wide receiver Donte Foster and running back Beau Blankenship.
A representative of the Packers reportedly spoke with Bethune-Cookman wide receiver Eddie Poole while at the University of Florida pro day, according to a report from the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Poole is 6-3 and 180 lbs. and originally enrolled at Rutgers before suffering a knee injury and transferring to Bethune-Cookman. He reportedly had a 35-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 5-inch broad jump, although his 40 time was not revealed.
Over the course of his college career, Poole caught 145 passes for 2,092 yards and 20 touchdowns at the FCS level.
The Packers didn't attend the Cal Poly pro day but apparently were trying to set up an individual workout with Cole Stanford, according to The Tribune of San Luis Obispo.
A slotback in a triple-option offense his senior season, Stanford would appear to translate best to a fullback or H-back in the NFL at 6' 1" and 225 lbs.
Stanford was a honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2013 after catching 25 passes for 354 yards and four touchdowns.
The Packers were one of 21 teams represented at Ball State's pro day, according to reporter Christina Aguayo of WFFT of Fort Wayne, Ind.
It's important to note that just because the Packers were in attendance at a pro day doesn't necessarily mean they're going to draft a particular player. They and all NFL teams do their due diligence on almost every NFL-caliber player.
But it is interesting to sometimes see the connections the Packers make with prospects on the pro day circuit.
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