What to Watch for at the NFL Scouting Combine: Saturday Edition

Jonathan Daniel

Here's all you need to know about Saturday's workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Position Groups: Tight Ends, Offensive Linemen, Special Teams

Potential Packers Targets: Jace Amaro, Eric Ebron, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Troy Niklas, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Overview: While the Packers could select an offensive lineman in the draft, it appears unlikely that Ted Thompson would select one early in the draft. Green Bay prefers to keep eight of them on the 53. In addition to the five returning starters (assuming Evan Dietrich-Smith re-signs), the roster also features Bryan Bulaga, Derek Sherrod, J.C. Tretter, and multiple practice squaders.

Similarly, don't expect the Packers to seriously consider any kickers and punters. Tim Masthay continues to perform at a high level and is locked up for three more seasons, while Mason Crosby is coming off his best season as a pro.

Where Thompson is more likely to invest is at the tight end position. Jermichael Finley has still yet to receive medical clearance from the Packers' medical staff, and given the severity of his injury (C3-C4 spinal fusion) it's possible he's played his last down in the NFL.

Even if Finely can play, Green Bay may still choose to move on with a tight end in this draft. By acclamation, Eric Ebron is the draft's top receiving tight end. His athleticism and pass catching ability have drawn comparison to Vernon Davis, but he's no lock to still be available at the Packers' pick. Jace Amaro was similarly productive at Texas Tech, but concerns exist that his production was merely the result of a favorable offensive scheme more so than his talent. Austin Seferian-Jenkins' athleticism might match Ebron's, but he's an injury concern and struggles as a blocker. C.J. Fiedorowicz might be the draft's most well rounded tight end, but he won't stretch the defense like his peers. Troy Niklas might also intrigue the Packers with his size (6-7, 270), production (498 receiving yards, five touchdowns during senior year), and bloodlines (cousin of Clay Matthews).

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.
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