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Packers Calendar: Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans Pro Day

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Packers Calendar: Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans Pro Day

The NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando is over, and the Green Bay Packers are returning back to 1265 Lombardi Ave. to conduct business.

With little else to focus on, attention turns back to the pro day circuit, and there's a big one on tap for Thursday.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel will be having his own personal pro day workout, throwing passes to wide receiver Mike Evans, another top-rated prospect for May's NFL Draft.

The NFL Network will provide live coverage of Manziel's pro day from 10:30 a.m. until noon CT.

Manziel took part in the measured drills at February's NFL Combine but chose not to throw, instead waiting for today's opportunity to throw in front of NFL scouts and coaches.

There's been no word if the Green Bay Packers will be represented in College Station, Tex. on Thursday, but they'll at least have the opportunity to watch on television.

It's doubtful the Packers have much interest in Manziel seeing as they're pretty much set at the quarterback position for years to come, but the division rival Minnesota Vikings might be one team that seriously considers Manziel in the first round.

On the other hand, the Packers might be very interested in Evans, however unlikely it may be that he drops to the 21st overall selection.

With James Jones departing Green Bay for Oakland in free agency and Jermichael Finley still testing the open market, it makes sense that the Packers are looking to add new weapons for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Evans is 6' 5" and 231 lbs. and fast for his size. As a tall target, he'd provide an element to the Packers' passing attack that's been missing ever since Finley got injured.

During the offseason, Evans has been working out with former Green Bay Packers and Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton on his craft.

No other Texas A&M players will work out after having their pro day on March 5.

Additional pro day workouts take place at Ball State, Louisiana Tech, Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina on Thursday.

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RCPackerFan's picture

Mike Evans is a player that I would consider trading up for. He will likely go in the top 10-12 picks, but if he were to get to around 15 I would consider trading up for him. I think he will be very good in the NFL.

A pro day I am looking forward to seeing results for is Coastal Carolina. They have 2 prospects that will be later round finds IMO.
Matt Hazel - WR I really, really like.
Lorenzo Taliaferro - RB

Jordan's picture

The interesting thing about top 20 draft pick WR's.......since 2004, only two have played in a super bowls. None have a ring. Larry Fitgerald and Michael Crabtree. And you could even throw Vernon Davis in there since he's almost a WR.

I get the feeling that teams (GMs) are starting to realize that they might be better off using their top 20 draft pick somewhere else. But then again....they might not. ;)

Evan's picture

Mike Evans might be an all-pro, but trading up (especially in this draft, especially for a WR) would be a huge mistake. It just wouldn't be a good value.

This draft is deep, and deep at WR. And with TT's track record of picking WRs in the 2nd and 3rd rounds (plus all the defensive needs), if anything I'd vote for trading back a little.

RCPackerFan's picture

I would typically agree with you. I do here as well. I just think that Mike Evans is going to be special.

I know the Packers need defense but they have 6 more rounds to find defensive players. The thing I like about Evans, is he brings something that none of the other WR's bring. His size, and speed and hands. Packers need defense, but there is nothing wrong with making a strength stronger.

I don't see the Packers trading up for him, and I don't think he will fall past 12 so I think its kind of irrelevant, but if somehow he did fall to 15-16-17 I would consider moving up for him. That is all I'm saying...

jh9's picture

This draft is deep at WR (and CB). There's no reason for TT to trade up or down. We can get an excellent WR with our 4th round pick. From all the mocks I researched, Donte Moncrief or Martavis Bryant should be available.

RCPackerFan's picture

Draft is deep at WR. Not as deep at CB.

Don't be surprised if the Packers draft a WR in the 2nd-3rd. Not saying it will happen, just saying to don't be surprised if they do.

Donte Moncrief will likely be a 2nd-3rd round pick. Bryant will be likely a 3rd-4th round pick.

4thand1's picture

Its in the stars. All the planets are lining up. The talk has been improving the defense, it's the elephant in the room this year. Last year it was the running game. When you hear MM & TT talk about the defense HAS to get better, it will. 1st pick will be Mosley, Dix, or hopefully Bucannon. If Ted trades up, it will be to pick a defensive player. Any receiver taken will be a #3 receiver behind Jordy and Cobb.

jh9's picture

You're right. The planets are lining up. With our 1st round pick, we should be able to get Mosley, Pryor, or Dix. (Personally, I want Mosley. ) If we get Mosley, Bucannon looks like he'll be available for us in the 2nd round.

RCPackerFan's picture

Yeah, I agree with you guys. Another guy to keep an eye on is Ryan Shazier. I have seen more and more Mock drafts putting Shazier with the Packers.
I would absolutely love it if they could get Bucannon in the 2nd.

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