Packers Daily Links: Green Bay Works Out Baylor Cornerback

The Packers privately worked out Baylor cornerback Antareis Bryan on Wednesday. That and more in today's Daily Links...

The Packers and the Texans put Baylor cornerback Antareis Bryan through a private workout yesterday, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. "At 6-1, 200 pounds, he’s an intriguing prospect," writes Wilson. "Bryan played very well as a freshman and sophomore. A broken ankle hampered his junior season and then he missed significant time last year with a hamstring injury." Bryan reportedly ran a 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, which if true, would be an unbelievably fast time.

Rob Demovsky wrapped up coverage of the NFL owners meeting in New Orleans by posting the transcript of the press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In a reference to Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly, Goodell was asked about suspended players being reinstated during the lockout, "There are no player transactions so there would be no reinstatements on that basis." It appears that either there would have to be a new collective bargaining agreement or the owners would be prevented from locking out the players for Jolly to be reinstated.

A scout from the Packers led the defensive back drills at West Virginia's pro day last week. "Even the players who had the benefit of going to the NFL Combine still didn't fully know what to expect on Pro Day," writes Ed Owens of the Dominion Post in W.V. "The defensive back drills, led by scouts from the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, required WVU's three participants -- [Robert] Sands, [Sidney] Glover and [Eddie] Davis -- to learn on the fly." Sands is one of the more highly-rated safeties in this year's draft class.

Wisconsin-Stevens Point wide receiver Jared Jenkins said he talked to the Packers in an interview by Bill Huber for Fox Sports Wisconsin. "He ranks second on the school's all-time list with 273 receptions and 3,632 yards along with 34 touchdowns," writes Huber. "As a senior, he caught 67 passes for 946 yards and 10 touchdowns - roughly half of the team total in all three departments." Jenkins worked out in front of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy at Wisconsin's pro day earlier this month, but will have his own pro day at Stevens Point on Mar. 30.

The Packers were also in attendance at Boston College's pro day where offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo and linebacker Mark Herzlich where the biggest names on display.

Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey was at Connecticut's pro day as well, reports Bill Huber at Packer Report (subscription required).

Villanova offensive lineman Ben Ijalana is predicted to go to the Packers in a mock draft by Wes Bunting of the National Football Post, notes Rick Klauer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bunting's analysis: "A dominant left tackle at the I-AA level. Last spring he measured at 6036 and if that is what he measures at the Combine, then he may be a tad to short to play tackle. Still, he has long arms and very good range. He is very athletic with quick feet, excellent knee bend and overall body control. When going against defensive ends from the I-AA level he easily is able to mirror and anchor. Dominated as a run blocker and showed good ability to play in space." We interviewed Ijalana in our Railbird Central podcast. Go take a listen.

The inside linebacker situation is discussed by Max Ginsberg of the blog Purple Pants, Green Jersey. "McCarthy made it clear that Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk will be the starters, but he seemed to hint that [Nick] Barnett and/or [Brandon] Chillar’s injuries may prevent them from being the players they once were," writes Ginsberg. "You can bet McCarthy and Thompson have plans and contingency plans for almost every foreseeable scenario regarding the inside linebackers."

Thomas Hobbes looks at some likely candidates for the Packers at the tight end position in the upcoming April Draft. The only danger in that is the Packers are very creative with their tight ends and don't use them in any one particular way. Jermichael Finley is used mostly as a wide receiver, Donald Lee was more of your traditional in-line tight end, and Tom Crabtree was used almost as much as a fullback as a tight end. There doesn't seem to be one particular skill set the Packers are looking for in their tight ends.

The new kickoff rules are given a look by Michael Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation.

A feature story about the renovation of Lambeau Field is written by Mike Spofford of the Packers official website.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 24, 2011 at 11:49 am

Well, I guess that MM has had his first faux pas (sp?) of the 2011 season. TT must know that Barnett will not be happy coming off the bench. TT knows he's getting older. TT should at least consider trading him. TT gets a call from another team, wants more in trade and the other team throws back at him, "really, 'cause MM doesn't even think he'll be the same player after the injury." Not smart.

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NoWayJose's picture

March 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Shades of Sam Shields in the CB from Baylor. Blazing speed on relatively unknown propect.

Really dislike the significant injury history though. I am still scarred from Justin Harrel.

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dgtalmn's picture

March 24, 2011 at 02:41 pm

Agree with that statement about injured college players. I guess he will be remembered for being a bust.

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BigbyATTACK's picture

March 24, 2011 at 05:38 pm

Dude, when reading about the injury history the first thing that popped in my head was Justin Harrell. Ugh. So scarred from him.

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