The day after the NFL Draft is filled with news of undrafted free agent signings. The day after that, it’s time to see who’s getting tryout. One tryout player is especially interesting, University of Dubuque receiver Michael Zweifel, the NCAA all-time (all divisions) record holder in career receptions with 436. “Zweifel ran the 40-yard dash in a pedestrian 4.56 seconds, but his vertical jump was 35 inches and his time in the three-cone drill was 6.52 seconds,” writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “The average time in the three-cone for receivers who were invited to the combine was 6.94.” As McGinn notes, the Packers will try out up to 30 undrafted or unsigned college players in two weekends. They typically leave a few roster spots open to sign a handful of them.
Undrafted free agent wide receiver Dale Moss is featured in an article by Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The former college basketball player at South Dakota State makes for an intriguing story. “After he completed his basketball career, capping it off with a senior season in which he averaged 7.6 points and 4.5 rebounds, he gave football another shot,” writes Demovsky. “With one year of football eligibility remaining, Moss showed up at spring practice after four years away from the game.” After only one year of college football experience, Moss now enters the NFL. The raw skills are there but how quickly can he put it all together.
More on Dale Moss appears at The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Following the playoff loss to the Giants this past season, cornerback Charles Woodson told the media the Packers needed an upgrade in personnel. Suffice to say he was pleased with the Packers’ draft. ”There’s always talk about Green Bay just drafting the best available player. But I think this year that tells you that that’s not the case. We drafted what we needed. And we needed a whole lot of help on defense. Anybody who watched our season last year understands that,” Woodson is quoted as saying Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C.
Seventh-round draft choice B.J. Coleman is given a lofty comparison to Peyton Manning by his former college offensive coordinator, Marcus Satterfield of Tennessee-Chattanooga. ”If you put B.J. in a Colts uniform or a Bronco uniform now and put him about 80 yards away from where all the media was standing, you’d think it was Peyton Manning,” Satterfield told Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. “Now, he hasn’t won a game yet. He’s not anywhere close to where Peyton is. But just the way he moves his body with his play-action fakes and his throwing motion, everything looks just like Peyton Manning.” Some might say that a Manning comparison is putting the cart ahead of the horse. But better a Manning comparison than a Jeff George one, right?
More on B.J. Coleman comes in an interview with Tennessee-Chattanooga head coach Russ Huesman appears at JSOnline.
Another Packers’ undrafted free agent, Nic Cooper of Winston-Salem is featured in a local newspaper, the Winston-Salem Journal. “Cooper, who left WSSU with one season of eligibility remaining but was not selected in the seven-round NFL draft, rushed for 3,430 career yards (No. 4 in WSSU history) and scored 43 career touchdowns (No. 3),” writes reporter John Dell. According to the article, the Packers have asked Cooper to play fullback. Given his experience carrying the football, he sounds similar to John Kuhn.
One more undrafted free agent, Minnesota running back Duane Bennett is interviewed about joining the Packers in a local newspaper, the Belleville News-Democrat. ”My biggest thing is that I take a lot of pride in my pass blocking,” Bennett said. “I always feel comfortable about looking my quarterback in the eye and saying, ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got your backside.’ I do some different things on special teams, and I obviously can catch the ball and run the ball out of the backfield.” That should come as music to the Packers’ ears as protecting Aaron Rodgers might be priority No. 1.
Each Packers draft choice is analyzed by Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel.
Bryan Bulaga will be staying on the right side of the offensive line, writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.
An updated list of undrafted free agent signings and tryouts is posted at PackersNews.com.
More about the Packers’ Tailgate Tour stop in Madison is published by the Wisconsin State Journal.
Brian Carriveau is a writer for Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email email@example.com.