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Keep a draft eye on Boise State

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Considering their needs on the defensive front seven in this year's draft, the Packers had to have taken a keen interest in Boise State's Pro Day late last week. Boise State has two defensive linemen and an outside linebacker who are good prospects -- not elite prospects who will be selected in the first half of the first round, but well regarded players who figure to go in the first three rounds: Billy Winn, Tyrone Crawford and Shea McClellin. McClellin, in fact, might have done enough in the Senior Bowl and then offseason workouts to get consideration as a 3-4 outside linebacker (or 4-3 defensive end) starting late in the first round. The Packers pick at No. 28. McClellin (6-3 1/4, 157), who ran the 40 in 4.63 seconds at the NFL  scouting combine, didn't do any physical testing at his Pro Day but according to reports looked good in position drills. He played defensive end at Boise State but also worked out as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and it looks like he can make the move to a defensive scheme such as the Packers'. He had seven sacks, two interceptions and 12 1/2 tackles for a loss last season. Crawford(6-4 1/4)  probably is a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme  -- he added eight pounds from the combine, up to 282 -- though he reportedly worked out at outside linebacker also. He improved his 40 time from 4.85 seconds at the combine to 4.77 on campus. Crawford (13 1/2 tackles for loss, 6 1/2 sacks last season) i's looking like a second-or third-round prospect. Winn (6-3 3/4, 294)  ran the 40 in 4.85 seconds, an improvement from 4.93 seconds at the combine. He had eight tackles for a loss and three sacks last season, and is a second- or third-round type prospect also.

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