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Tracking the Packers' Undrafted Free Agent Signings

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Tracking the Packers' Undrafted Free Agent Signings

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.

Here's the Packers' running list for 2013, compiled via the Green Bay Press-Gazette and nepatriotsdraft.com. You can almost bet on one of these names cracking the final 53-man roster in September.

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.

TRYOUTS

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 zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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perrin's picture

Da'Rick Rodgers. Cuz he's awesome, and so is the phrase "Rodgers to Rodgers for a quick 6!"

Evan's picture

Of course the 49ers signed Lawrence Okoye.

Jamie's picture

Who is automatically better than Clay Matthews...or so we will hear at some point this summer from cowpile trolltard.

Evan's picture

Ha.

There is an 85% chance he never plays an nfl down. I just loved his story and potential. Dude is a beast.

cow42's picture

no - but he'll probably be better than boyd.

packsmack25's picture

If Pena hits the weight room, he could be a steal. Big if.

Mike's picture

Agree here. I think the biggest reason he fell out of the draft is he's 26. But he could be the next in the line of TT UDFA finds. Hope he works out for GB though, especially with Raji, Pickett & Neal being FAs after this season

A_Lerxst_in_Packerland's picture

Gotta like a D-lineman named Gilbert!

jim's picture

another gravedigger???

dawg's picture

ILB 7th rounder Sam Barrington, really like this kid, very mature, watch him.

Drealyn Williams's picture

A lot of people say he's just another DJ Smith. I don't recall DJ hitting the way Sam hits. Sam has some James Harrison nastiness.

NashvillePacker's picture

He is very intriguing. Maybe a young Bishop? Anybody else think Bishop, Starks and Tramon could be let go based on this offseason?

Drealyn Williams's picture

Starks,I can see gone. I kind of gave up on him before the draft and now that we've drafted Lacy and Franklin he's pretty much gone. Lacy/Franklin/Harris. What about Alex Green? I think he still has a lot of untapped potential. As far as Desmond and Tramon I hope Desmond stays. Tramon hasn't been right in 2 seasons annnnnd there's good depth at CB. If he can't fully recover then trade or let him go.

NashvillePacker's picture

I actually trust McGinn when he says team has had it with injured players. I looked at bios for each draft choice and other than Datones broken foot there were few missed games in their entire college careers.

There are a lot of options at ILB and CB. I could absolutely see Tramon being cut. It is too bad because I'd be disappointed if the team automatically cuts any injured player.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Starks can go, but man, I would hate to see Bish go, hands down our best ilb when healthy... But will he ever be 100% again? Tramon... I'm really starting to wonder if he'll ever get back to '10 form, I think he's earned another year to prove himself.

al's picture

yes he does :)

dawg's picture

+1, agreed.

NashvillePacker's picture

Lotsa Iilinois State potential. Go Redbirds.

dawg's picture

Starks gone, Bishop,Tramon, next year, yeah.

cow42's picture

awesome.

months ago (during the season, actually) i was calling for tramon to get cut - any corner playing OFF of a split out fullback should be cut immediately - and i got crushed... he's not fully healthy... it was nerve damage... blah blah, blah.

he bloomed late.
he played 1 great season.
he got paid.
he got hurt.
HE SHUT IT DOWN.

but you guys start discussing it so matter of factly.

i bring it up = get crucified.
someone else brings it up = something to consider.

is it my tone?
you guys are as thin skinned as the Packers are soft.

weak.

WisconsInExile's picture

It is your tone. If we want a dude thumping our eardrums, bitching, and complaining, we'll stay an extra hour at work...because at least we'll get paid for it. We come hear to escape all that, and to enjoy some commaraderie with our fellow fans. Nobody here appreciates group-think, and CHTV has build a community of knowledgable, passionate, and respectful Packers fan. The occasional troll wonders through, and then moves on. Most of us appreciate it, so long as they don't hang around too long. Once they damage the calm, then this place looses some of its power to combat stress.

I think everyone here understands that you are passionate about NFL football, and have a solid understanding of it. We all get that you pay a lot of attention to the Packers. But you thrive on negativity, just like your post above. If you didn't feel the continual need to prove something here, and could just add your $0.02 and let people take it or leave it, well, you would probably find more people agreeing with you. As it stands now, about 50% of us are convinced you're just a troll from Duluth, or Rockford.

You asked, so there's one guy's answer. I hope you go back to the non-evil Cow42 we saw for a week or two shortly after the season ended.

cow42's picture

i'll stop being negative as soon as the Packers stop getting their dicks kicked in whenever they play good/physical football teams.

until that actually happens i'm going to continue to be a pissed off non-believer.

they need to get off their asses and make some f'n changes.

WisconsInExile's picture

Please do it elsewhere, then. Go over to profootballtalk.com. You'll find the crowd you're looking for.

Jamie's picture

You may have missed it, but the POS you are trying to reason with 'came out' (not sure if it was of the basement or the closet) and admitted he was trolling for months thru part of the offseason and the first half of last season, and thought it was funny and acceptable to constantly bash the Packers on a Packer forum.

CLEARLY he is one disturbed individual, incapable of reason or rational thought.

I'm not sure why this place hasn't banned the loser, so we're stuck with the trolltard until someone does us all a huge favor and...

RC Packer Fan's picture

I couldn't agree more. This is a great website to be able to come and make logical comments and have logical and rational conversations.
I'm sorry but I don't come here to see someone whining and complaining about everything thing the team does.
I get the passion. That is why most of us come here because we are passionate about the Packers. But I am not about the negativity. It just gets repetitive, annoying and old...

2 share owner's picture

Agreed.....Question for chtv, are their any type of rules or some sort of code of conduct for posting comments? RC hit it right on the head. But I will say that I find myself coming here less and less, because of the nonsense that Cow spews on here... So yep its working Cow, keep up the good work and pretty soon you may have the comments section all to yourself.

DHoward's picture

Tramon isn't going anywhere this season. He'll be healthy and back to being an above average corner. If not, they move along soon enough but can we cool the 'cut him now' banter.

The ILB situation is interesting. I think the issue is that they have three guys at ILB earning starter's money. You can pencil in Bishop and Hawk as starters but they had to pay Jones $4m this year for insurance in case Bishop doesn't come back to form. You just don't pay a quality back-up/ST player that kind of money unless you think you have an issue with Bishop going forward. So, if someone is offering decent value for Bishop you take it and go with Hawk/Jones and draft a ILB earlier then they did. No one offered value for Bishop so they stuck to the board.

Nononsense's picture

How can you not root for a guy named Jake Stoneburner?

lebowski's picture

bet the honey badger has him on speed dial

Lucky953's picture

Lane Taylor looks like a road-grading guard. Just move the LOS and Lacy will get 4 yds.

hayward4president's picture

I was gonna say ...nobody is going to mention Stoneburner? Kid is a badass! Great hands for a TE! Even though......I hate the suckeyes.

MarkinMadison's picture

Why exactly did Lane Taylor go undrafted?

Kevin's picture

Read that WI LB Mike Taylor was also signed as a UDFA by the Packers.

Zach Kruse's picture

As of now, that appears to be a false rumor.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I would like to see the Packers sign Taylor. I think he would make a really good ILB. I know he has been injured and that is the biggest reason why he hasn't signed on anywhere, but I think he could develop into a good player.

RC Packer Fan's picture

So which one or more of these undrafted free agents will make the roster this year? Every year at least 1 undrafted free agent makes the final roster.

Lucky953's picture

Taylor is described as "heavy - legged". Trouble with quick and nimble foes

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