Nearly every year Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson attends the annual pro day at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and this year should be no different with a large senior class that will include several draft choices.
The class is headed by linebacker Chris Borland, who figures to go on Day 2 of May's NFL Draft despite being less than ideal height at 5-11.
Another high-profile player from Wisconsin is wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who had the fewest bench press repetitions (four) of any player at the NFL Combine, so it will be interesting to see if he can improve upon that number on Wednesday.
One Badgers player that didn't take part in any drills at the Combine is Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward. The reason for Southward's non-participation has not been published, so his pro day performance will be the first opportunity to see him take part in drills.
Southward did play in the Senior Bowl in January, so his absence in drills at the Combine comes as puzzling. There's the possibility that something was discovered in his medical examination that sometimes prevents players from taking part.
Other Wisconsin players that attended the Combine include tight end Jacob Pedersen, running back James White and offensive lineman Ryan Groy. Some players choose to stand on their numbers from the Combine and will instead just take part in position drills. It won't be known what these players will do until the pro day starts at 9:00 a.m. local time when measurements begin.
Among players that weren't invited to the Combine are defensive lineman Beau Allen, Pat Muldoon and Ethan Hemer and tight end Brian Wozniak. All will have their chance to strut their stuff in front of NFL scouts.
In previous years, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and personnel assistant Eliot Wolf have also attended Wisconsin's pro day, but they have not been regular attendees like Thompson.
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