Amid all of the craziness on the first day of free agency yesterday, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was right at home in his element: scouting college players. Thompson's location and choice of activities on the opening day of the league year seems a bit symbolic of his approach to building the Packers' roster.
No, Ted was not in his office taking phone calls from agents or players; he was out scouting college players.
Lost in the shuffle of free agency this week has been a few notable college Pro Days. Two major schools chose to have theirs on Wednesday - the Wisconsin Badgers and Alabama Crimson Tide - and another big group that includes Clemson and Oregon will host workouts on Thursday.
Meanwhile, NFL teams threw around ridiculous quantities of money yesterday, and we find an argument that one player's new contract means that both his old and new teams are "winners" from day one of free agency.
Chiefs stripped of a 3rd-round pick for tampering with Jeremy Maclin last year - SBNation.com
This is one of the more shocking events from Wednesday, as the Chiefs lost this year's 3rd-round pick, a 6th-rounder next year, and a total of $350,000 in fines.
Winners and losers from the first official day of NFL free agency - SBNation.com
One SB Nation writer thinks that Brock Osweiler's contract is the reason why both the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans were winners on day one.
Packers make little noise on first day of free-agent signing period | JSOnline.com
To be fair, the Packers did make one signing - they tendered exclusive-rights free agent Justin Perillo to keep him in Green Bay for another year.
Packers GM Ted Thompson spends first day of free agency at a Pro Day - ESPN
Ted was at the McClain Center in Madison to observe the Wisconsin Badgers' pro prospects on Wednesday, which is standard operating procedure for him.
Joe Schobert gets close look at Wisconsin's pro day - NFL.com
Speaking of the Badgers, Schobert impressed in linebacker drills and improved upon his vertical from the Combine. FB Derek Watt, WR Alex Erickson, and S/WR/TE Tanner McEvoy also had solid workouts.
Derrick Henry shows off receiving skills at Alabama's pro day - NFL.com
Looking to the south, the Crimson Tide prospects were putting on quite a show, with Derrick Henry, Jarran Reed, and Reggie Ragland all helping their draft stock.