Monday, April 21, 2008

Who's visited the Pack lately?

While Packers GM Ted Thompson holds his draft interests tight to his vest, it might be a bit easier to learn about his overall interests, including late round and free agent possibilities, by discovering who the Pack has had in for visits. But rather than have all of us checking out the nooks and crannies of Lambeau, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has compiled such a list for us.

Among those who have paid the Pack a visit: WR Luke Swan from Wisconsin, who was the Badgers' #1 receiver before tearing his hamstring in October versus Illinois -- very good hands, and quick enough at 4.59 in the 40 before the injury; Kevin O'Connell, the 6'6", 225-pound QB out of San Diego State; punter Ken DeBauche, also from Wisconsin, who averaged 42.5 per punt and can also hold on field goals and PATs; LB Tavares Gooden from Miami, who is a very fast and effective linebacker but who had hip and hamstring injuries that make him a question mark; and WR Pierre Garcon from Division III Mount Union who is another small but fast receiver and returner.

And while he hasn't been in for a visit, the Packers have contacted UW-Whitewater coach Lance Leipold since RB Justin Beaver ran 40 yards in 4.49 seconds and lifted 225 pounds 25 times at UW pro day on March 5. At 5'7" and 191 pounds, Beaver seems undersized, but he broke the WIAC rushing record with 6,584 career yards, and demolished Mount Union in the Division III National Championship game with 249 yards in 31 carries (8.0 average) as he literally carried Whitewater to victory. Sometimes, it's the size of the man's heart that makes a winner. Beaver should get signed as a free agent after the draft; whether it will be with the Packers or not we'll have to wait to see.

You can read the full report on those who the Pack have had in here.