Tackles Excited To Talk To Super Bowl Champs

Prospects Chris Hairston and Joseph Barksdale said they spoke with the Packers while at the Shrine Game back in January.

INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Hairston of Clemson and Joseph Barksdale of Louisiana State were excited to meet with the Green Bay Packers while attending the East-West Shrine Game back in January.

The pair of offensive offensive linemen from the Southeast were invited to participate in the college All-Star game on Jan. 21, and both said they met with scouts of the Packers during the week.

Little did they know that they'd be meeting with the eventual Super Bowl champs.

"It's great when you have an inkling that a team like that would be interested in you, a team that's going to have success in future and is having success right now," said Hairston on Thursday at the NFL Combine.

Hairston was a first-team All-ACC selection while Barksdale was a second-team All-SEC pick, and both are generally considered to be mid-round draft prospects come April.

Barksdale missed out on playing in the Shrine Game thanks to an injury that put him on the shelf, but he said he had a good week of practice and received compliments from the coaching staff prior to his setback.

"My hamstring got a little tight on me the Thursday before the game," said Barksdale. "The team doctor told me that if it didn't loosen up by Saturday, to avoid injury, just to sit it out because it was early in the draft process, and he didn't want me to hurt myself and put my combine at risk for one game."

The tackle from LSU was thrilled to be talking to the Packers that week, however.

"It's exciting to meet with any NFL team but definitely NFL champions," said Barksdale.

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