Those fans of the Green Bay Packers who are also fans of the Wisconsin Badgers will likely be pleased to hear a bit of news coming out of the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday. Three Badgers players spoke to the media today, and two of them confirmed that they have met with individuals from the Packers organization.
The first is running back Corey Clement, who wrapped up his college career with a big senior season. Clement carried the football 314 times for nearly 1,400 yards, scoring 15 touchdowns on the season. In his press conference today, Clement sounded intrigued, saying “it would be an awesome” opportunity. “I’ve played in the harsh elements, the cold, the snow,” he said; “it wouldn’t affect me at all, being in Wisconsin for four years.”
Perhaps the most enlightening item he revealed, however, is how the Packers’ front office views their depth at the running back position. While confirming that he had met with members of the Packers organization, Clement said “one of (the Packers’) scouts said that they might even draft two this year because they’re so light at running back.” While that might just be scout-speak, telling a back what he might want to hear, it still sheds a little big of light on the team’s priorities for this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Packers could be in the market for help on the interior of the offensive line. Although he played left tackle in Madison for just one year, Ryan Ramczyk could end up being a possibility for the Packers at a guard spot if T.J. Lang and/or JC Tretter depart in free agency. Like Clement, Ramczyk confirmed that he had also met with the Packers, who asked him to draw up some plays for them.
The Packers have drafted just one Wisconsin Badger under Ted Thompson, so there isn’t exactly a pipeline of players from Madison to Green Bay. However, these two individuals could fill significant needs for the Packers’ roster — depending on free agent transactions.