Packers Go To Colorado School Of Mines To Unearth Hidden Gems

The Packers attended the pro day workout at the Colorado School of Mines last week to get a look at a couple small-school prospects.

It's only appropriate the the Green Bay Packers attended the pro day workout at the Colorado School of Mines to find a diamond in the rough.

The Packers were one of only three NFL teams to send a representative to the NCAA Division II school in Golden, Colo. joining the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos, according to the school's official website.

Three seniors performed drills in front of the Packers including two intriguing prospects.

One of them was 6-3, 260 pound defensive lineman Marc Schiechl:

Schiechl finished as the runner-up for the 2010 Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year Award.  Schiechl became the all-time NCAA Division II career leader in sacks (46.0) during the 2010 season and concluded his career at CSM ranked fourth in the NCAA Division II record book in career tackles for a loss (70.5).  Schiechl, who selected as the Defensive Player of the Game at the 2011 Cactus Bowl (annual NCAA Division II all-star football game), also earned First Team Don Hansen All-Super Region Three honors in 2010.

The Packers have gone to the Cactus Bowl to find players in the past such as Allen Barbre who Green Bay spent a fourth-round draft choice on in 2007.

Schiechl has the size of a player that could transition to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defense if he has the necessary athleticism. Being the NCAA-Division II career leader in sacks is a pretty nice accomplishment.

Another interesting prospect is 6-2, 33o pound defensive lineman Blaine Sumner who has the size to play nose tackle. Based upon his achievements on special teams and offense in addition to defense, he could have the athletic ability as well:

Sumner had 32 total tackles (14 solo), led CSM with three blocked kicks and registered 6.5 tackles for a loss last season.  Sumner, who added three passes defended and two fumble recoveries, had 10 carries for 19 yards (1.9 avg.) as a short-yardage specialist on the CSM offense.  A Pre-Season All-RMAC selection, Sumner was second on the team with four rushing TD.

They also worked out in front of scouts yesterday at the Air Force Academy's pro day.

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PackersThad's picture

March 15, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hot damn that's some good scouting!! I love my Packers!

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tony's picture

March 15, 2011 at 11:39 am

That headline should go in the "Oh my God how many awesome plays-on-words can I do with this one" Hall of Fame!

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D.D. Driver's picture

March 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

I see what you did there.

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Cole's picture

March 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I work in Golden, CO. Pretty suprised the packers scouts were here. School of Mines is like 90% dudes. They go to Coors brewery each day to drink away the pain for free, hell ya!

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rmac fan's picture

March 15, 2011 at 01:28 pm

from http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/nfl/nfl-draft-pro-days-20...

There's a new leader in the clubhouse! Last week, we told you of the exploits of Blaine Sumner, the sleeper nose tackle from the Colorado School of Mines who completed 49 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press during his March 8 pro day. That number equaled the amount completed by Stephen Paea, who set the combine record in February. Sumner topped that mark on Monday when he completed 52 reps as a participant in the Air Force pro-day. He actually completed 55 reps, but three were disqualified by scouts in attendance. Besides being an All-Conference defensive tackle, Sumner has marks of 900 pounds in the squat and 425 in the clean. He will be tough to pass up in the late rounds.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

March 15, 2011 at 01:34 pm

Wow.

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cole's picture

March 15, 2011 at 03:43 pm

That's insane!

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BubbaOne's picture

March 15, 2011 at 02:37 pm

I had flashbacks to last fall when we signed Walden and he was playing well.

A scout from another team was quoted saying "I never heard of this guy".

In TT (and this personnel dept) We Trust"

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Hands's picture

March 15, 2011 at 05:11 pm

These are players that have produced in games and have shown athletic ability to boot. When people say that Zombo or Walden should be replaced think back to this article and figure that these guys are like Zombo and Walden and could play at any level and should be considered draftable or pick-ups as FAs. Compare the measurables to their big school counterparts and you see why TT looks at small school players.
That is why TT is crazy good at what he does.

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Kramer's picture

March 15, 2011 at 08:49 pm

I thought that said Colorado School of Mimes when I first saw it!

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foundinidaho's picture

March 15, 2011 at 09:48 pm

Golden, CO is a beautiful town. You can find some real gems there. Oh and free beer, too. :)

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Mark's picture

March 16, 2011 at 04:01 pm

Yeah Colleen free crappy beer

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