The NFL Combine would normally take place this week, but with that event canceled, teams are beginning to reach out to NFL Draft prospects on their own. The Green Bay Packers have already begun holding virtual meetings with many of the players eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft, and some of these early names are particularly interesting.
Throughout the next several weeks, Acme Packing Company will compile a list of players confirmed to have met with the Packers in one form or another.
So far, most of the confirmed reports have come from @JustinM_NFL on Twitter, who covers the NFL Draft for TheDraftNetwork.com. Here’s our complete list, which we will update throughout the coming days and weeks:
2021 Packers Draft Meetings
There are a few particularly notable players in this list. We’ll break a few down here and add more discussion of specific players as names are added to the list..
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue — Moore is a diminutive player, listed by the Boilermakers at just 5-foot-9 and about 180 pounds and probably measuring in short of those numbers in reality. But as a true freshman in 2018, he burst onto the college football scene, earning consensus first-team All-American honors and being named the Big Ten Freshman and Wide Receiver of the year. Moore caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding 213 yards and two scores on the ground and returning kicks as well. Moore’s sophomore year was largely lost to a hamstring injury, however, and he played just three games in 2020 after first opting out of the season and then missing time with other injuries. He could hear his name called late in the first round of the draft.
Asante Samuel, Jr., CB, Florida State — Yes, he’s the son of former NFL cornerback Asante Samuel, who had an excellent career with the Patriots, Eagles, and Falcons. Samuel is a man-to-man corner who had a solid three-year career for the Seminoles, culminating with three picks, a forced fumble, and six pass breakups in eight games in 2020. Like Moore, Samuel could go in the latter half of round one or into round two.
Thomas Graham, Jr., CB, Oregon — While Samuel could be a candidate at the end of day one, Graham is more likely a late day-two prospect. Graham opted out of the 2020 season, but recorded multiple interceptions in each of his first three years after stepping in immediately as a starter his freshman year.
Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (FL) — Another potential day-two prospect, Jordan steadily improved his receiving numbers at Miami, culminating with 38 catches, 576 yards, and 7 touchdowns in 2020. If the Packers are looking for a true in-line tight end to eventually replace Marcedes Lewis, Jordan could be a candidate, thanks to blocking that has been highly complimented by film analyst Ben Fennell. Jordan has dealt with ankle, foot, and shoulder injuries, however, never playing more than nine games in a season.
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State — A potential first-round choice, Jenkins is a powerful run-blocker who held up well in Oklahoma State’s quick passing game. Our Peter Bukowski broke him down in more detail here.