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Cheese Curds, 5/12: Why Cody Heiman is one of the Packers’ top UDFA in 2017

A player from one of the smallest schools represented in the Packers’ UDFA class might make the biggest impact when all is said and done.

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As we look at the crop of players that the Green Bay Packers have signed as undrafted free agents, it seems that just about every list or breakdown of the class pulls together different players to profile or to keep an eye on. However, one player seems to be identified in almost every one of these lists.

That player is inside linebacker Cody Heiman, out of Washburn College. Despite playing Division II football in college, Heiman is a terrific athlete, and in today’s Curds we find a good look at just how impressive his testing was. Heiman also received the breakdown treatment from APC after his signing was reported. In fact, both Jason B. Hirschhorn and I wrote separate analyses of a few of the Packers’ free agents — Jason’s piece focusing on which players are most likely to make the team, and mine on players who have positional versatility — and Heiman showed up on both lists.

While you look through today’s Curds, be sure to give a listen to the first one, as Heiman’s agent discusses his route to the NFL from Wichita. We’ve also got some fun stuff for you in here on a quiet Friday morning around the NFL.

Ep. 6: Undrafted prospects | The Play-By-Play With Wayne Larrivee
Tex joined the voice of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday to discuss the team's undrafted free agent class. Wayne also speaks to the agent of UDFA rookie Cody Heiman, who brings terrific athleticism to the linebacker position.

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49ers considered moving up to draft Packers rookie CB Kevin King | Packers Wire
If Reuben Foster hadn't fallen to the late stages of round one, where the 49ers were able to move up for him, they might have done just that for King. This also gives you an idea of the fact that some teams really do value that fifth-year option - or at least first-year GM John Lynch seems to.

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The 'other' McCaffrey -- Max -- settles in with Green Bay Packers - ESPN
Christian McCaffrey got the headlines after being a top-10 draft pick this April, but he and his older brother Max worked out together all offseason as the two prepared for very different types of auditions.

Transactions roundup: Chicago Bears cut Eddie Royal -
Royal isn't a piece that should interest the Packers, but the Bears also released Will Sutton, a big defensive tackle. Sutton would probably be a 3-tech tackle in the Packers' 3-4, though, which is a position at which the Packers have a handful of bodies already.

Mitchell Trubisky drove to Bears camp in his grandmother's 1997 Toyota Camry, and I applaud him for it -
Apparently Bears GM Ryan Pace made Trubisky promise to drive this car to the Bears' facility on his first day, and he did just that. It looks like it's in very good shape for a 20-year-old car, though.

Joe Thomas on Browns picture day is one of our favorite things -
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