Green Bay Packers: 5 Undrafted Rookies Who Intrigue Me
Starting on Friday, the Green Bay Packers began a three-day rookie orientation camp at the Don Hutson Center for all rookies. This includes the 2012 draft class, undrafted rookies who the Packers have signed, eight practice squad players and 29 rookies who will try out for the three remaining spots on the 90-man limit on the Green Bay roster.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel once again did a nice job giving short capsules of the 15 undrafted rookies that the Packers have signed.
I am looking at five of those 15 undrafted rookies that I believe have a chance to make the Green Bay roster, or at least the practice squad.
G/T Don Barclay (West Virginia)
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Pro Day 40 time: 5.03
I had the Packers selecting Don Barclay in the 7th round in two of my mock drafts.
Barclay was on the All-Big East first team at LT. Barclay had a very good senior season and held his own against the likes of Vinny Curry of Marshall and teams like LSU.
Barclay played LT at West Virginia, but he can also play RT or G. In fact, Barclay was playing LG on the first day of rookie orientation camp. Veteran T.J. Lang, who is the starting LG for the Packers, will be an unrestricted free agent in 2013.
RB Duane Bennett (Minnesota)
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Pro Day 40 time: 4.62
The Packers have not re-signed veteran RB Ryan Grant. They also did not select a RB in the 2012 NFL draft. They did sign a couple of undrafted rookies at RB, however: Marc Tyler from USC and Duane Bennett from Minnesota.
The Packers are also giving RB tryouts to Nebraska's Curenski Gilleylen and Colorado State's Ray Carter. Tyler has gotten most of the attention, but I like Bennett and his all-around skill set more.
While at Minnesota, Bennett rushed 526 times for 2,126 yards and 17 TD's. He also caught 82 passes for 806 yards and eight TD's.
At his Pro Day bench press, Bennett completed 28 repetitions of 225 pounds, which would have tied him for the top number of repetitions posted by a RB at the NFL Combine.
C/T Tommie Draheim (San Diego State)
Pro Day 40 time: 5.05
The Packers did not select a C in the 2012 NFL draft which surprised some people. The Packers lost veteran C Scott Wells to free agency, but quickly signed another veteran in Jeff Saturday. Saturday has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career as an Indianapolis Colt.
Saturday is also 37 years old. That is why a lot of people thought the Packers would draft a C to groom under Saturday for the future. Instead, they signed an undrafted rookie offensive lineman who played a different position in college to groom at C.
That player was Tommie Draheim, who played LT at San Diego State. Draheim was first team All-Mountain West at LT in 2011. The Packers will use Draheim at C, the position he played in high school.
Draheim and practice squad C Sampson Genus were getting the reps at C on the first day of the rookie orientation camp.
WR Dale Moss (South Dakota State)
Pro Day 40 time: 4.51
The deepest position on the Green Bay Packers is without a doubt the WR position. That's why Dale Moss has very small odds of making the Green Bay team. However, he might turn enough heads to make the practice squad.
Moss played basketball at South Dakota State for four years, before finally playing football in 2011. Moss had 61 receptions for 949 yards (15.6) and six TDs last season. He also had an unbelievable vertical jump of 41.5 inches at his Pro Day.
Moss impressed coaches and scouts with his play at the East-West Shrine game. The former hoops player needs to get stronger and more refined, but Moss has a ton of upside with his measurables and athletic ability.
S Sean Richardson (Vanderbilt)
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Combine 40 time: 4.52
Before the 2012 NFL draft, the Packers released All-Pro S Nick Collins due to medical reasons because of the neck injury Collins suffered in the second week of the 2011 season.
Because of that situation, the Packers drafted S Jerron McMillian from Maine in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL draft. They also signed undrafted rookie S Sean Richardson from Vanderbilt. The Packers had already drafted another DB from Vandy in the 2nd round, when Green Bay took CB Casey Hayward.
Richardson was a three-year starter at S for Vandy where he played both FS and SS. Richardson had 257 career tackle and one interception. Richardson hits hard and also has great leaping ability. He would be a special teams demon.