The Packers select G Simon Stepaniak 209th overall

Take a closer look at the Packers sixth round selection (209th overall) in the 2020 NFL draft, Indiana guard Simon Stepaniak.

The Packers added a versatile guard in the sixth round. 

 

MEASURABLES/COMBINE:

Height: 6'4, Weight: 313 Lbs, Arms: 32", Hands: 10 3/8", 40 Yard Dash: 5.30u, Bench Press: 37 Reps, Vertical Jump: n/a, Broad Jump: n/a, 3 Cone Drill: n/a, 20 Yard Shuttle: n/a

 

CAREER NOTES:

Stepaniak started games at both right guard (10 games) and left guard (1 game) as a senior. Played right guard in all 12 games as a junior. He was a team captain for the Hoosiers last season and was third-team All-Big 10. He missed Indiana's bowl game with an undisclosed injury.

 

SCOUTING REPORTS:

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COMMENTARY: 

Stepaniak plays a nasty style of football and has good upper-body strength. He is a smart football player who picks up stunts well. TheIndiana alum needs to get his pads lower to improve his overall play. His short arms sometime hinder him. Stepaniak has leadership abilities and average athleticism for a guard. He should add depth to the Green Bay offensive line.

 

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dobber's picture

April 25, 2020 at 04:38 pm

37 reps on the bench is nothing to sneeze at.

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April 25, 2020 at 04:39 pm

That is brute strength and power.

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April 25, 2020 at 04:44 pm

Short arms helps bench. But for an interior lineman that's not a huge deal.

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leche's picture

April 25, 2020 at 04:44 pm

How much does that translate to success at the NFL though?

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Bure9620's picture

April 25, 2020 at 04:46 pm

Run game, it makes it difficult to move. Easier to drive block and pancake.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:35 pm

This guy will not be bull rushed. Have to view film to check his footwork.

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dobber's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:02 pm

Several years ago on All-GBP (I think) there was an analysis position by position as to what combine test was the best predictor for NFL success. As I recall, for OL and DL it was bench reps. I don't remember what they called 'success' or at what level it became a predictor, but that stuck with me.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:44 pm

Those Reuter articles were interesting. [I kind of assume it was one of his, but I don't have an independent recollection.]

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April 25, 2020 at 04:58 pm

Cookie Power

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sonomaca's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:11 pm

Easier with the T Rex arms.

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stockholder's picture

April 25, 2020 at 04:39 pm

PS. No Wrs, how over whelming!

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Adorabelle's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:00 pm

We all better get used to that this coaching staff wants to be that team that won the game throwing 9 passes. They are signing tight ends, receivers the size of tight ends and 250 pound running backs. I think there are more two tight end sets than 3 wide sets in this teams future.

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dobber's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:03 pm

If Sternberger, Tonyan, or Deguara turns into a real receiving threat, I'm good with that.

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stockholder's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:16 pm

Deguara is a bust at Te

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Bure9620's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:19 pm

I am glad you have given the pick a chance......if he can block, eat up a DE from the FB and Hback positions, I am good with it....

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stockholder's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:48 pm

You know it's time you people quit dreaming. We lost against SF because we couldn't stop the run . Yet KC wins the Super-bowl. We beat KC. And we didn't have to run every play. It's all about getting #12 money. You run that ball without a passing game, don't expect to make the super-bowl.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:50 pm

They lost because we went three and outs without a power running game to stifle some of the 49rs rush.
Martin will probably team inside with Kirksey. Bolton may be healthy enough to make the squad and cover the TEs.? He set the tone for Oklahoma as much as Murray when they teamed up. Can he make the squad with his history of injury? Not in panic mode.

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Kevin Carpenter's picture

April 26, 2020 at 12:19 am

I hope to god Martin isn't our first choice at ILB behind Kirksey. Burks, Bolton and Summers all belong ahead of this geezer.

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Coldworld's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:49 pm

He isn’t a TE and you need to chill.

He is what Vitale looked so great at in camp except that he likes to block. I really like us finding a true H back type if LaFleur will use him in season. Not many of those around, less who can block. I actually like having him.

Not sure how you value him in terms of ideal draft order given rarity and importance of his type to a lot of what LaFleur:Shanahan like to do.

To be honest, I’m kind of baffled at the reaction to both day two picks unless one can’t see that the wind has changed, that Murphy has handed the O to LaFleur and that that has shaped this draft heavily.

Now let’s see what LaFleur can do with this reshaped roster.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:42 pm

CW, watch the Bearcat offense from 2018-19, very impressive. An offensive coach who will rise up the ranks.
Motion....movement...quick release...their Wrs are coming up the next couple of years 4.2, 4.3 guys. the RB a 4.3 guy.

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sonomaca's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:37 pm

Most on-point comment yet. Fifteen play drives, 10 minutes off the clock, occasional pass to Devante, Lazard, or Sternberger. My question: can Rodgers get with this program? He’s not Jimmy G. or Tannehill.

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Coldworld's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:55 pm

He also isn’t Rodgers 2015. The cynic in me sees the Love trade up in a very different light than I did on Thursday.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:54 pm

Some people seem to forget 2017 and 2018, dismal performances by out-classed backup QBs. Love gives you a chance to keep the water hot.

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Since'61's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:59 pm

Sonomaca - The problem is that Rodgers plays best when he gets into a rhythm with his passes. If you have him throwing 10 -15 passes per game why are we paying him nearly $2 million per game? Yes it keeps him healthy but it takes him out of the game.

I see 2020 as possibly Rodgers last season in GB. Early in 2021 he will either be legitimately injured or have a surprisingly long recovery, if at all from an alleged high ankle Sprain. After that “All you need is Love”. Stay well. Thanks, Since ‘61

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:38 pm

They will be multiple. La Fleur is not a dinosaur. Rodgers will run a faster-paced offense this year. Some of the circus sideshow will go away, but he will still strike deep, just as Brady did with the play action. Shotgun will not go away. I'm more concerned about Pettine's defense.

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April 25, 2020 at 04:51 pm

Stockholder, respectfully get over the WR's! The Pack has some good young WR's already on the team that are ready to blossom!

Love the big OL bodies and road grader types for physical football. How many years have we all whined about the other team imposing their will on the Packers physically? I think LF has some big changes in the passing game next year. Look for ESB to make a big statement. Look for Adams to play more slot. What exactly is the passing role for Jones as they move him around, particularly now that they have A.J. Dillon as a RB? Funchess what role is he going to play? MSV...is he going to be ready for a bigger role with better results?

I'm looking forward to seeing what LF has in mind offensively and some of these young 1-3 year players elevating their game on both sides of the ball. We need to think out of the box and let some of the old thoughts and beliefs go on how the Packers have played for years.

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stockholder's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:27 pm

Respectfully noted. But lets get 1 thing straight. I've bitched for a dt last year in Wilkins. The stats show were last against the run. It cost them the SF game. Everyone wanted a Wr signed before the Playoffs. Were in a Deep draft and Nothing happens. The problem isn't going away. Especially now that we have to run. Lets not confuse Reality with dreaming.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:02 pm

Stock, we wanted Ted Jr to bag a free agent DT to help with the middle and let Kenny Clark play more 3 tech.
Apparently, Pettines holds some power over the GM' s ability to upgrade the Dline or Murphy is budding in??

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April 25, 2020 at 06:58 pm

The scouts graded Four Wrs as bonafide first rd picks with Reagor and Aiyuk filling in the blanks. They were all gone after Lynch started creeping around with the viqueens. Some act as if College wides are all NFL capable players?

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optimisticfan's picture

April 28, 2020 at 11:09 pm

I don’t hate the Day 3 strategy or overall draft strategy. IF worse case no season happens this year but they can practice most of the season then taking those OL would be ok (OL take time to develop).

So the idea is to see who sticks with all the competition for OL, transition to run blocking first and foremost, and not resign in 2021 (or trade to sucker a GM this year) OL vets (Bahk, Linsley, maybe trade/cut Turner as he has not too much dead money? Though probably keep him 1 more year until 2022 if they cut Taylor instead)

By doing this hopefully free up money to sign other FAs of need:
DL, cover CB, receiving RB (if Jones is too much $), WR2/versatile weapon if they don’t resign Funchess in 2021 or no other WR develops. Or even better they draft the starters for these positions (plus LT) next year and sign lesser backup FAs?

Bets on starting OL in 2021?:

LT = Leglue initially (then OT they draft next year)
LG= Turner? John Runyan?
C = Jenkins
RG = Stepeniak?
RT = Wagner or Leglue/Nyman/Whomever develops?

Hanson = backup C?
Stepeniak = swing tackle?
Patrick sticks around through 2021 then not resigned?
Cole Madison rises like a phoenix and surprises all???

Taylor = trade/cut this year
Linsley and Bahk not resigned
Turner = maybe trade/cut 2021 (though he likely sticks around as unlikely all these 6th rounders develop into starters)

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Coldworld's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:52 pm

Stepaniak maybe the best guard of the lot, he fell because he is not playing this season. Hanson is competition to replace Linsley. I think that they believe at least one future tackle is already on the squad.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:08 pm

If they decide they can do betetr than Bhaktiari, they should move up to the top ten picks and try to secure Leatherwood or Trey Smith. Keep your only All Pro lineman, don't be foolish.

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April 26, 2020 at 11:11 am

I love Bahk as a player and person. But he was an All Pro predominantly for his value in pass pro. Yes he does well in run too. But with the new scheme and him aging, his value diminishes some. I just doubt that GB signs him for a new 3yr contract in 2021. It is about his value in 2022 and 2023, vs where else they could spend the money. IF GB can draft an alternative quality round 1 OT next draft that is ideal. And for 2021 they may get by with having Wagner at RT and someone who developed at LT (Leglue?) while a drafted LT develops and takes over mid season?

This mainly is a financial move to free up money for other positions, stay under the cap and maybe sign some crucial FAs of need in 2021. I think people underestimate how much this pandemic, possible recession and shortened or altered 2020 season will effect roster building in 2021. The OL is being rebuilt quickly to help with Cap space and fit the RPO run first scheme MLF wants.

I could definitely be wrong and the OT prospect would have to be great and ready to play in yr 1-2. I would love if they could keep Bahk if he wasn’t priced out of what they wanted to pay though. He’s an awesome guy based on interviews I have seen.

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Dzehren's picture

April 25, 2020 at 04:59 pm

Guy has 80 inch wingspan and benched 225 pounds 37 times but had ACL surgery in December.
Source Tom Silverstein.

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dobber's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:09 pm

Did not see the ACL. Would explain his lack of test numbers aside from bench...and the undisclosed injury above.

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PackfanNY's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:00 pm

I don’t understand the need for not one, not two, but three offensive lineman in the same draft. Almost ZERO chance that all three stick. So at least one of them will be gone just by the numbers. Seems like a terrible waste of resources.

Yet not a single WR or DL who actually might have a chance to actually make the team and contribute.

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stockholder's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:15 pm

Believe they can make it if they run. The problem is short arms. And Ronyan held his own against Ohio State. I would take 1 More. Sean Polard C. LSU He plays everywhere. Hanson dips his head. This dumps the whole line. The Qb screwed this whole draft up. Regardless they had to get a new OL. Because #12 is Done after this year in GB.

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Since'61's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:09 pm

Agree Stockholder. As I posted above why would the Packers pay Rodgers $30 million per season to throw 12-15 passes per game? Early in 2021 Rodgers goes down with an “injury” and Love enters.

Rodgers exeunt for draft picks and we return to the ‘72 Packers for another 2-3 seasons until Love learns how to play QB and the Packers sign FAs with their freed up cap space from Rodgers. After that who knows. Stay well. Thanks, Since ‘61

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flackcatcher's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:21 pm

A lot is going to depend on who is out there on the veteran FA market for DL. Packers already signed their FA WR and decided to go with this group as is till TC. Who knows if there is a football season at all? Packers have made clear their needs. We'll see how this plays out...

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optimisticfan's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:15 pm

I doubt GB makes any FA acquisitions until training camp actual happens and they know there is going to be a season

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April 25, 2020 at 05:39 pm

Short answer: Bahk and Lindsay and Taylor are free agents and Turner's is a club option. Packer offensive line and key backup is to put it bluntly, Capped out. Read TGR latest post for a good overview.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:07 pm

Taylor probably walks next week.

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Lphill's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:08 pm

Can this be the first draft in history that not 1 player drafted probably won’t play for 2 years from now?

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April 25, 2020 at 05:09 pm

It could be there's no 2020 season.

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AgrippaLII's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:09 pm

Wow I'm beginning to feel it. MLF is going to run the ball behind a center, four guards, and two tight ends. Now that's what I
call commitment to the running game!

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nostradanus's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:13 pm

Disappointed in this draft, seemed like they could have worked the board so much better. I have lost all confidence in this GM. Hope he gets his pink slip after this season.

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stockholder's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:34 pm

Long Time Fans can see it !

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Coldworld's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:00 pm

It’s a big gamble for sure but it looks like one driven by a decision to give LaFleur his offense sooner not later. Not sure that’s Gute’s call.

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splitpea1's picture

April 25, 2020 at 06:26 pm

That's an interesting observation--something definitely smells fishy here. To make some of these selections and make them in, I would say a rather haphazard order, is suggestive of some kind of disconnect or that everyone may not be operating on the same page.

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nostradanus's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:16 pm

You have a HOF QB that is being paid big money yet you want to rebuild with Deshaun Kiser II and a weak draft.
Also plugging holes with Street free agents while the Vikings are reloading to kick your azz!
Pathetic

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April 25, 2020 at 05:23 pm

The queens lost a lot, they suck.

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April 25, 2020 at 07:16 pm

Vikings are in rebuild mode. If Thielen doesn't come back to form they will be hurting. Jefferson is solid. They have three greenhorns for the CBs and Hughes may have chronically bad knees. No Fear of the shipwreck from the west.

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taarons420's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:21 pm

I tried.
I tried being positive.
This entire draft was a punt.

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April 25, 2020 at 05:22 pm

OHNO his pad level sucks!

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Lare's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:24 pm

Been a Packers fan since the 1950s. This is the worst draft I've ever seen.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 25, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Lare you are usually positive so to hear you are not happy with the draft it says a lot.

If honest, this draft absolutely was not what I would have expected or wanted in this draft either (though I do like the Love pick and AJ Dillon is intriguing). However, as I recall 'everyone' on here was saying before last year that the Packers were at least 2 years and more realistically 3 years away thru the draft due to the lack of talent. What happens? The Packers last year win 13 & 3 and go to the NFC Championship game.

With their success right out of the chute don't you think Gutey and LF deserve the benefit of the doubt with this draft? I do and wish more would sit back and contemplate what they quickly accomplished. If they have accomplished this much success in such a short time why not consider there may be another way to achieve success than the conventional thinking on here?

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leche's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:31 pm

We drafted ZERO wide receivers this draft...

Are we confident Gute isn't a spy getting paid by the Bears?

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mbpacker's picture

April 25, 2020 at 05:41 pm

I'm not as concerned about the lack of WR than I am on the DL and LB positions.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:28 pm

They brought in Willis. See if he wants to be a football player or a Madden clone.

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April 25, 2020 at 05:33 pm

Packers fan since 80's. By far the worst draft ever by any gm. I've never felt the wind taken out of my sails any faster in my life. Disappointed. What a failure.

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April 25, 2020 at 05:48 pm

It's as if the front office gave a big middle finger to Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Now, I'm not the biggest Rodgers fan, but if I were him, I'd feel betrayed.

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April 25, 2020 at 06:12 pm

it's like they are deliberately trying to get him to ask to be traded or released from his contract.

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April 25, 2020 at 05:49 pm

I was joking when I suggested it yesterday, but I am happy to see Milt take over selecting the prospects. He is a guy who knows OL talent. Much better looking group in the 6th round.

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April 25, 2020 at 05:52 pm

BTW, Mel Kiper is difficult just to look at, much less listen to.
I never want to see another Covid PSA.

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April 25, 2020 at 10:38 pm

TGR,
Agreed!

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April 25, 2020 at 05:56 pm

"The Indiana alum needs to get his pads lower to improve his overall play."

Nobody here is going to make a pad level joke? Really?

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April 25, 2020 at 06:06 pm

Fundamentals......

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Since'61's picture

April 25, 2020 at 07:19 pm

No but “we will watch the tape, make the appropriate adjustments and get ready for our next game. Whether it’s in 2020 or 2021 or whenever we have the opportunity to go outside again“. Stay well. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Packers0808's picture

April 25, 2020 at 08:12 pm

It seems like everybody forgets Reggie B from Canada, wonder how much he has to offer. Could be reason no WR and coming off IR St Brown. The coaches must be seeing something they like!

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April 25, 2020 at 09:08 pm

Tom Silverstein reported Reggie Begelton had 8 visits with NFL teams including the Patriots For what it’s worth.

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