The Green Bay Packers added 11 new players via the 2013 NFL draft and will continue to add several others via the undrafted free agency period.
While such a list is secondary news in most NFL cities, the Packers hold a special affinity for undrafted free agents. Green Bay has had at least one undrafted free agent make its roster in each of last nine seasons.
FB Ryan Roberson, Texas
6-0, 240 lbs.
Saw action in 52 collegiate games (three starts), with experience at linebacker, fullback and on special teams. Switched from the defensive side to offense in 2010 after attempting to play both in 2009. Made six special teams tackles, rushed eight times for 33 yards and two touchdowns. Also caught 10 passes for 46 yards. Cousin of former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Limas Sweed. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 seconds and posted 26 reps at 225 lbs.
OL Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State
6-3, 324 lbs.
Four-year starter with almost 50 career stats in the Big 12. Didn't allow a sack in 2012 and was named first-team All-Big 12. Ran the 40-yard dash in 5.35 seconds and posted 31 reps at 225 lbs. at Oklahoma State pro day. Made pre-draft visit to Green Bay.
WR Myles White, Louisiana Tech
6-1, 182 lbs.
Michigan State transfer was a second-team All-WAC selection in 2012 after catching 56 passes for 718 yards and six scores. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds with a 37.5" vertical leap at La Tech pro day.
C Patrick Lewis, Texas A&M
6-1, 311 lbs.
Three-time All-Big 12 selection, twice as a guard and once as a center. Ran the 40-yard dash in 5.28 seconds and bench-pressed 225 lbs. 25 times at pro day. Made pre-draft visit to Green Bay.
RB Angelo Pease, Kansas State
5-10, 211 lbs.
JUCO transfer rushed for 477 yards and two scores in two seasons in Manhattan. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds with 25 reps at 225 lbs. and a 32" vertical leap at pro day.
QB Matt Brown, Illinois State
6-3, 229 lbs.
Started 45 games at quarterback and shattered nearly all the school records throwing the football. Also broke several Missori Valley Conference records. Four-time All-MVC selection. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds with 16 reps at 225 lbs. and a 35" vertical leap at Northwestern pro day.
S Ben Ericksen, Illinois State
6-1, 194 lbs.
Greendale, Wis. native intercepted seven passes as a senior and was named FCS All-American and first-team All-MVC. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds with 16 bench-press reps and a 36.5" vertical leap at Northwestern pro day.
DT Gilbert Pena, Mississippi
6-3, 330 lbs.
Made two sacks and 7.5 tackles for losses over 23 games. Ran the 40-yard dash in 5.47 seconds with 23 bench-press reps and a 24" vertical leap at pro day.
TE Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State
6-3, 252 lbs.
Receiver turned tight end caught 53 passes for 714 yards and 13 touchdowns in 48 games and 23 starts. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds with 18 bench-press reps and a 34.5" vertical leap at the combine.
DE Andy Mulumba, Eastern Michigan
6-3, 262 lbs.
Canadian native who recorded 156 tackles (18 for losses) over 31 collegiate starts. Second-team All-MAC in 2012. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.80 seconds, posted 23 reps at 225 lbs. and had a vertical leap of 36 inches at official pro day. Made pre-draft visit to Green Bay.
LS Jake Winchester, Oklahoma
6-3, 210 lbs.
Three-year deep snapper on punts, also has experience snapping for kicks. Made 10 special-teams tackles. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds with 15 bench-press reps and a 38" vertical leap at pro day.
OT Jeremy Vujnovich, Louisiana College
CB Devin Willis, Northern Arizona
S Cedrick Moore, Stony Brook
CB Damond Smith, South Alabama
S Ryan McMahon, Sacramento State
Zach Kruse is a 24-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at [email protected].
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