We at Acme Packing Company have endeavored to bring you as complete a list as possible of the NFL Draft prospects who have visited the Green Bay Packers throughout the 2016 Draft process. While we had compiled a list of ten players who were reported to have made stops in Green Bay this spring, no person associated with covering the Packers has connections in the industry as strong as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn.
On Tuesday evening, McGinn published a list of players who he has confirmed to have visited the Packers, a list which contains 23 names - some of which we at APC already knew and others who are new to us. One thing is certain, however - these players are almost exclusively going to be third-day draft picks or players who go undrafted and who will be scooped up as free agents on Saturday evening.
Here's the list of players McGinn reported:
- WR Moritz Boehringer, Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns
- WR Devin Fuller, California
- WR Mitch Mathews, BYU
- WR Bryce Treggs, California*
- RB Dwayne Washington, Washington*
- FB Joe Kerridge, Michigan*
- OL Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech*
- OL Josh James, Carroll College*
- OL Ted Karras, Illinois*
- OL Alex Lewis, Nebraska*
- OL Blake Muir, Baylor*
- OL Kyle Steuck, Northern Michigan*
- OL Wes Schweitzer, San Jose State*
- DT Alex Balducci, Oregon*
- DE Bronson Kaufusi, BYU
- DT David Onyemata, U. of Manitoba*
- OLB Christian French, Oregon*
- OLB Roy Robertson-Harris, UTEP
- OLB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
- CB Makinton Dorleant, Northern Iowa*
- CB Kalan Reed, Southern Mississippi*
- S Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee State
- S Peni Vea, UNLV*
* Players who were not previously reported at APC
Note that only Spence, Kaufusi, and Clark are likely to be picked before the end of day two of the draft.
In addition to McGinn's reports, we have a few additional players who we have found reports of visiting the Packers. Those names are below:
- WR Robbie Anderson, Temple (link)
- TE Nick Vannett, Ohio State (link)
- RB Don Jackson, Nevada (link)
- DL Rodney Coe, Akron (link)
The interesting trend here is that the Packers have been looking into numerous wide receivers with both length and speed. Boehringer, Mathews, and Anderson are all at least 6'3" and all ran their 40-yard dashes in under 4.5 seconds at their Pro Days.
For the offensive linemen, this group seems to have a fairly consistent makeup to fit the narrative about Thompson's typical O-line picks - namely the idea that he looks primarily at players who have significant experience playing at left tackle. Almost all of these players have that experience (including Clark, Muir, Schweitzer, Lewis, and James), and Karras is one of the few players who was exclusively a guard in college.
Lewis in particular is an interesting name. Starting his career at Colorado, he played left guard next to David Bakhtiari in 2012 before transferring to Nebraska, where he played left tackle the past two years. That versatility certainly could make him an intriguing player in Thompson's eyes as the team continues to look for backups all across the line as well as potential long-term starters on the inside.
Also note that there are no inside linebackers on this list - at least not players who initially project to that position. Draw whatever inferences you must about that decision, but keep in mind that this list does not include players who had met with the team at events like the Combine, Pro Days, or college All-Star games.