The Green Bay Packers recently brought in Western Michigan defensive lineman Drew Nowak in for a pre-draft visit. Nowak was the MAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and is a DePere, Wis. native. On Thursday WBAY-TV in Green Bay talked to him. “It kind of felt like I was home, to be honest,” Nowak said of visiting the Packers. “I wasn’t that nervous. I’ve been to a lot of Packers games, I’m a huge Packers fan, I have a bunch of memorabilia from the Packers. It was pretty awesome. We got to walk through the tunnel, they have the crowd noise. It was great. I’ve never been down on the field. It was a cool experience just to see the legends of Green Bay.” Nowak is considered to be a late-round draft choice. His 83 tackles as a senior was impressive.
Another Wisconsin native had some comments about the Packers on Thursday, but this time they came from an opponent. Cincinnati Bengals tight end Colin Cochart, a Kewaunee alumnus, talked to Wes Hodkiewicz of PackersNews.com about playing the Packers in the preseason. “That’s going to be a special game for me,” said Cochart. “It’s a childhood team I’ve been watching since I was 5 years old and now I’m playing against them. It’s going to be awesome, but it’s going to be another game for me. It’s the third preseason game, so I should be able to play a lot. I hope I get to go up against Clay Matthews and all those guys. It’s good experience to better my chances at having a long career.” The Packers travel to Cincinnati for a game in preseason Week 3 sometime between Aug. 23 to 26.
Joe Vitt was named the interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, although the Saints also will have to deal with Vitt being suspended for the first six games of the season for his part in “Bountygate.” “Vitt will be able to oversee the offseason training program and training camp, before stepping aside for the first third of the regular season,” according to the Associated Press. The Saints said they’ll determine a new interim head coach in training camp. Vitt was an assistant for the Packers in 1999.
A story about NFL Draft prospect Shea McClellin published by Packer Report on Wednesday was made a free story on Thursday. McClellin talked about UFC training he does and mentioned Clay Matthews. “We did some of the hand-fighting and the combat stuff that they do — the kind of thing that Clay Matthews does and Jared Allen does in the offseason,” said McClellin. “They get more violent with their strike. It was good. I think it definitely helped me to improve with my hands and helped me to get more violent.” McClellin is a popular first-round draft choice of the Packers in many internet mock drafts.
Clemson outside linebacker Andre Branch is predicted to go to the Packers in a mock draft by Todd McShay of ESPN.
Aaron Rodgers is named the best first-round draft pick of the last 25 years by Fox Sports Wisconsin.
A round-up of non-BCS players selected by the Packers in recent years is conducted by a Fox 11 reporter.
An article on Charles Woodson’s Twentyfour wine label appears in the Business Journal of Milwaukee.