Report: Former Maryland LB Demetrius Hartsfield Gets Tryout with Packers

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Demetrius Hartsfield, a former Terps linebacker, will try out with the Packers at an upcoming minicamp

Hartsfield is recovering from an ACL tear in his left knee in November of 2012. He was invited for a tryout with the Cleveland Browns last season, but declined as his knee was not ready. 

Hartsfield has been training with 49ers linebacker, NaVorro Bowman, who is also recovering from a torn ACL. 

"I'm feeling pretty good," Hartsfield said in March. "I'm feeling pretty confident in my ability to move on the field. Without a doubt, I can do everything."

In four seasons at Maryland, Hartsfield had 338 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.  

Hartsfield was leading the Terps with 78 tackles as a senior when he got hurt against Georgia Tech. A cut block from a fullback ended Hartsfield's college career.

"The timing was bad, obviously," Hartsfield said. "At the time, I was hearing I was going to be a late-round draft pick or better. Before I got hurt, I had invites to so many senior all-star games. I hadn't heard from the Senior Bowl, but I had heard from the East-West Shrine game and Texas vs. the Nation. It was rough on me."


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May 14, 2014 at 01:26 pm

Diamond in the rough?? God knows we could use an upgrade in the middle.

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May 14, 2014 at 07:38 pm

Between Lattimore, Barrington, Doughty, Thomas and this fella, you have to hope one of these guys will be able to supplant Brad Jones as a starting ILB.

Hawk seemed to finally come alive last season so replacing him isn't as high a priority as removing Jones from the lineup. I like this leaner meaner version of Hawk.

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