Tracking Green Bay Packers' 2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agent Signings

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2012

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 19: Running back Marc Tyler #26 of the USC Trojans powers his way through the defense during the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. USC won the game 38-35. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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As I said in the video, the slideshow and everywhere else, the Packers did well in the draft. It's hard to rate the street free-agent moves a team makes because so often the prospects are only beautiful to the teams who sign them.

One man's trash and all that.

That said, the Packers have made some interesting moves.

I arranged these by position so you can jump to the one you want to see.

Duane Bennett RB Minnesota

Marc Tyler RB USC

Nicholas Cooper RB Winston-Salem State

The Packers brought in an interesting group here.  Bennett is a plodder, not very fast but strong as an ox. Maybe he's going to switch to fullback. Tyler was suspended for the first game of USC's season due to some drunken shenanigans TMZ captured on film, and he has been in trouble off the field multiple times. He's another bigger back who can push the pile.

Guess what 249-pound Cooper can do?

The Packers are looking for either a plodder to move the pile or more likely a fullback.

Darius Reynolds WR Iowa State

Dale Moss WR South Dakota State

Marcus Rivers WR Buffalo

The wide receivers the Packers signed are all pure upside. Reynolds is a receiver who can make big plays but is wildly inconsistent, while Moss only played one season at wide receiver after having played basketball before then.

Tell me this doesn't make you (and Thompson and Rodgers) salivate just a bit: 6'3", 213 pounds with a 41.5" vertical. I just got shivers. Moss is very raw, but if he can learn, he could be a huge red-zone threat.

Meanwhile, Rivers is more of a special teams/kick return contributor, though he is another tall receiver with decent hands who could develop into an end-zone menace.

No home runs here, but each has a shot to make it—I'd say only one though.

Cameron Ford TE Wake Forest

Eric Lair TE Minnesota

Both Lair and Ford can catch the ball, and Lair ran a 4.50 at his pro day, but I've seen multiple reports saying Lair at least is seen as a fullback. Given the big fellas at running back here and the size of the receivers as well, it seems as though the Packers are signing potential blockers, who may also have the ability to catch the ball and run.

Which is exactly what they did to get Kuhn, huh?

Tyler Butzler OL Wisconsin-Stout

Tommie Draheim C/T San Diego State

Don Barclay T West Virginia

Jaymes Brooks G Virginia Tech

With the exception of Brooks, these are all pretty big fellas. All of them, including Brooks, are solid run-blockers. Clearly the Packers are looking for offensive line depth. Keep in mind, it's easier post-draft to find OK run blockers than finesse pass-blockers.

So it's not like I think they're gearing up for a dose of ground-and-pound.

Drew Vanderlin DE Michigan Tech

Vanderlin is a really nice story—a Green Bay kid getting a shot with his favorite team growing up. It took him a while to get through school as he redshirted his freshman year and then lost a year to an ACL tear. He was relatively productive at Michigan Tech, but isn't really anything spectacular athletically. He's reportedly a hard-worker, though, so perhaps his will can carry him to a roster spot or at least a practice squad placement.

Jaymar Latchison OLB New Mexico

Dezmon Moses OLB Tulane

Latchison was a defensive end at New Mexico, though is listed at as a linebacker, so my assumption is his 6'3", 265-pound frame would fit better by transitioning. Moses also played defensive end in college (first Iowa, then Tulane), though he wasn't especially productive at his spot.

Sean Richardson S Vanderbilt

This tall, rangy safety stayed in school for his senior year, but it didn't do anything to enhance his draft status, even in an exceptionally weak safety draft class. Instead, he signs with the Packers who are reportedly swapping him to linebacker.

A lot of that going around in this group, huh?


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