Even with the 2013 Packers still very visible in the rear-view mirror, the time has come to shift the focus to the 2014 NFL Draft. The Packers have a tremendous amount of players eligible for unrestricted free agency, a rarity under Ted Thompson's management. Among the potential departures is starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith who played out this past year on a restricted free agent tender. Dietrich-Smith went through several notable peaks and valleys this year but overall performed well enough for Green Bay to consider a long-term commitment. That doesn't mean they won't investigate other options, however.
Unsurprisingly, that process is already well underway.
A source told Acme Packing Company earlier this week that the Packers have "expressed interest" in Southern Utah offensive lineman Gavin Farr. The 6-3, 290 pound Farr played both left guard and center at SUU, the latter most likely being his position in the NFL. For his efforts, he earned all-conference honors his first three years as a starter. According to the source, Packers' scouts have taken more than one trip to see the center over the past season.
The same source said that Farr is currently outperforming USA Today second-team All-American center prospect Tyler Larsen of Utah State in pre-draft workouts and conditioning. Specifically, Farr has already recorded a max bench of 475 pounds, well above the expected amount for an NFL center. With just over four months remaining before Roger Goodell starts introducing draft picks, Farr's best workout numbers are likely ahead of him.
Green Bay isn't the only team interested in Farr either. Another source related that the Chiefs have "three times the amount of interest as the Packers." Given that former-Packers' Director of Football Operations John Dorsey runs Kansas City's front office, that's hardly surprising. According to the source, the Chiefs sent their national scout to Cedar City for a look at Farr. Generally, only area scouts will spend time at the games, which speaks to Kansas City's level of intrigue with Farr.
While Farr might not be selected in the draft, there could be a bidding war for his services as an undrafted free agent. Green Bay has found many valuable players in that market recently, including the player Farr might eventually replace, Evan Dietrich-Smith.
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