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De Pere's Nowak 'pretty comfortable' with Packers workout

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The basement of the Drew Nowak’s childhood home is coated with every piece of Green Bay Packers memorabilia you can imagine. From signed photographs to season tickets, chances are it’s hanging on the walls. After years of following the Packers off-the-field, however, the Western Michigan senior defensive lineman finally got his chance at working out for the hometown team on it during a pre-NFL Draft workout on Thursday. The De Pere High School alumnus is coming off a breakout senior year where he was honored as the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year and a third-team Phil Steele All-American after registering 91 tackles with 20˝ tackles for loss and 8˝ sacks. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Nowak played every position on the defensive line during his four years with the Broncos, who regularly alternated between 3-4 and 3-5 defensive schemes. The Packers listed Nowak as a defensive end during their workout, but he's also been told he could also fit into a 4-3 role as defensive tackle at the next level. The Packers contacted him the previous Wednesday about the workout, which was conducted at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Don Hutson Center. “We did a lot of stuff, but it almost felt like home because I know a lot of guys who work for the Packers,” said Nowak, who was the No. 8 ranked college prospect out of Wisconsin by Scout.com after graduating from De Pere in 2008. “I played with (Packers Director of College Scouting) John Dorsey’s son, Bryant. (College Scouting Director) Danny Mock, I went to high school with his daughter, and (head trainer) Pepper Burruss, I went to school with his son, Shane, who was a year older than me. I knew who the people were, so it was pretty awesome, but I also felt pretty comfortable, so the nerves weren’t getting to me too bad.” Nowak, who played in 10 games for the Broncos as a true freshman, started 32 of 47 career games and finished his college career with 180 tackles (75 solo), 30 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He had a career-high 11 tackles with a fumble recovery against Illinois last September. The Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets have also expressed interest in Nowak, but have yet to schedule a workout. After taking the semester off from Western Michigan, Nowak returned to the area in January and has been working out at the House of Speed in Ashwaubenon to prepare for the NFL Draft at the end of this month. Nowak is projected to be a late-round pick or a possible undrafted free agent, but said he’s prepared for whatever scenario plays out. Along with Nowak, Michigan Tech senior defensive lineman Drew Vanderlin also worked out for the Packers on Thursday. A 2006 graduate of Green Bay Southwest, the 6-4, 280-pound Vanderlin made 117 tackles (64 solo) with 20 sacks and 36 tackles for loss during his six-year career with the Huskies. After redshirting his freshman year in 2006, Vanderlin received a medical redshirt during his junior year after sustaining a season-ending knee injury during preseason practice. Last year, Vanderlin started all 10 games for Michigan Tech, totaling 33 tackles and finished second on the team in both sacks (6˝) and tackles for loss (9˝).

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