There are no days off for Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson. Immediately after the team's loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Thompson got on with his GM duties. He's in Tampa, Florida, scouting prospects at the East-West Shrine Game, which takes place on Saturday.
SB Nation has a few guys down in Tampa filing reports. You can check out their report on the East's first practice here, and the West's first practice here. Pigskin Paul is also there doing work for GBN. He ran into Thompson at practice and said that the Packers' GM spent some time watching offensive linemen.
For those of you with way too much stuff to do to scour over East-West shrine game practice reports, a quick summary:
- QB Collin Klein didn't look good
- RB Ray Graham's physical tools are impressive
- WR Marcus Davis isn't very polished; had a couple drops
- S Richard Hall was the defensive standout on the East side
- WR Jasper Collins from DIII Mount Union impressed
- TE Joseph Fauria left with an injury
- Pigskin Paul thought OLB Gerald Hodges was the most impressive defensive player, that OG Sam Brener was the most impressive OL, and that massive 6'8" OT Dann O'Neill showed great feet for his size.
We'll be keeping an eye on this game and preceding practices, this weekend's NFLPA All-Star game, and next week's Senior Bowl. Like Ted Thompson, we're not off because the season's over. Might as well start prepping for the draft bright and early.