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Meet the Packers' Undrafted Free Agents: Defensive Backs

Our series on Green Bay's undrafted rookie group continues as we look at the defensive back group.

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Today on Acme Packing Company, we continue our look at the Packers’ 2014 undrafted rookies by focusing on the defensive backfield after looking at the offense yesterday. Check out the posts on the quarterbacks/running backs and the offensive line/tight ends, then head back here for the defensive backfield.

Tanner Miller

Position: Safety
School: Iowa
Height: 6 feet, 1-1/4 inch
Weight: 211 Ibs

As a starter in every game for the Hawkeyes at free safety in 2013, Miller earned All-Big-Ten honorable mention. He accumulated 70 tackles in 2013 (fifth best on the team) after recording 69 the previous year in 12 games started. In total, Miller registered 222 career tackles, tying for 50th on the school’s career list. One of the bigger highlights of his career on the field was his school-tying 98-yard interception return for a touchdown back in 2011 against Northwestern. He also was one the six Hawkeyes to receive the Coaches Appreciation Award.

Derek Stephens of NFL Draft Scout writes that Miller is a big, physical defensive back, but lacks elite athleticism and needs to player with better consistency.

Charles Clay

Position: Safety
School: Hawaii
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Weight: 204 Ibs

Clay, a native of Hawaii, transferred to the university after playing his first two seasons at Southern Methodist University. He played in 12 games with six starts in 2013 as a senior; this past season he ranked fourth on the team with 69 tackles (41 solo) and added a sack, four passes defended, and two fumble recoveries. During his junior year, he appeared in 12 games and recorded 29 tackles (20 solo) and had passes defended along with a fumble recovery.

Back in 2012, Clay switched sides of the field converting from backup receiver and special teams player to defensive back. At his pro day, he ran a 4.42 40, and some (including the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein) have speculated that Clay's best NFL position is at cornerback. However, he is currently listed as a safety on the Packers' official roster.

Ryan White

Position: Cornerback
School: Auburn
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Weight: 197 Ibs

White adds some versatility after playing both cornerback and safety for the Tigers. This past season he started two games but appeared in all 13 games, finishing with 31 solo tackles and six broken up passes. He also played a role on special teams, serving as Auburn’s holder on place-kicks. In the BCS title game against Florida State, he had five solo stops and also participated in the College All-Star Bowl, one of the lower-tier games open to college seniors. At his Pro Day on March 4, he ran a decent 4.51 40-yard dash (he ran it twice) and had a vertical jump of 34".


Our look into the UDFA class for the Packers continues later today as we look to the new crop of defensive linemen.