More draft visit reports? Yes indeed. The Green Bay Packers continue their research on lightly-regarded draft prospects during the lead-up to the 2017 NFL Draft, and we have a new name to add to the list thanks to a report from the Sporting News:
UCLA nose tackle Eli Ankou.
Ankou, a 6’3” and 331-pound player who started 19 of his 23 games over the past two years. His best season came as a junior, when he recorded 1.5 sacks and five tackles for loss, plus three pass breakups. That year, he played on UCLA’s line with current Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark and fellow 2017 draft prospect Eddie Vanderdoes.
Ankou demonstrated good strength and straight-line speed (for his size) at UCLA’s Pro Day in March, reportedly posting 31 reps on the bench press and a 5.21-second mark in the 40-yard dash. He is currently unlikely to be drafted.
It is also possible that the Packers could be interviewing Ankou to find out more about his teammates, including other prospects like Vanderdoes (a likely day-three pick) and cornerback Fabian Moreau, who will likely come off the board on the second day of the draft. Vanderdoes’ body type likely projects him as a 3-technique tackle and an interior rusher in the NFL, as he measured in at 6’3 and 305 pounds at the Scouting Combine.