The Green Bay Packers were represented at a workout by supplemental draft-eligible defensive lineman Joshua Price-Brent of Illinois, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
Brandt reports the Packers were one of 18 teams in front of which Price-Brent worked out, but the Packers were one of only four that sent personnel directors, meaning either director of football operations Reggie McKenzie or college scouting director John Dorsey were in attendance.
“Price-Brent measured in at 6-foot-1 ¾ and 321 pounds,” writes Brandt. “He ran the 40-yard dash twice, each time clocking in at 5.38 seconds. He did 22 reps on the bench press to go with a 29-inch vertical jump.
“He had an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 7.71-second three-cone drill and a 4.74-second short shuttle.”
None of Price-Brent’s measurables would have put him in the top 10 among defensive linemen at this past winter’s NFL Scouting Combine. Although at 321 pounds, it’s difficult to compare the former Illinois product to the more agile defensive ends.
Based upon Price-Brent’s height and weight, he would seem to be a candidate that could play either tackle or end in a 3-4 defensive scheme, which could add to his value. The Packers have ample depth along the defensive line with the addition of both Mike Neal and C.J. Wilson during this past April’s draft to go along with a host of others, but if Johnny Jolly happens to be suspended because of his drug charges, the Packers would have a slightly larger need for depth at the position.
Price-Brent has battled with some demons. He entered the supplemental draft because he’s academically ineligible for his senior season at Illinois. In addition: “Price-Brent served 30 days in jail for driving under the influence on a suspended license in February of 2009,” writes Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
During his junior season for the Fighting Illini, Price-Brent had 29 tackles including three sacks and four tackles for a loss, along with three forced fumbles and one pass breakup. He’s listed as the 54th best draft-eligible college player among defensive tackles by Phil Steele and the 44th best defensive tackle among the 2011 draft class by NFL Draft Scout.
Given his background, Price-Brent looks like a late round selection at best, if not a player who would sign as an undrafted free agent. How the supplemental draft works, for example, is if the Packers choose him in the seventh round, they would have to give up their seventh-round selection in the 2011 April draft.
The supplemental draft occurs on Thursday July 15.