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NFL Draft 2019: Packers pre-draft prospect visits tracker

The Packers tend to land a large number of players who come for top-30 visits, so keep a close eye on this list throughout the next month.

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NFL teams are deep into their preparations for the 2019 NFL Draft, and as college Pro Days wind down, the next phase of scouting is getting underway. That phase is on-site visits, where teams invite prospects to come to their facilities for interviews, medical checks, and often testing and drills.

It’s essentially a glorified job interview, wherein the player and gets to display the skills that he can bring to his potential new employer and both sides can get to know each other more thoroughly. Each team can hold visits for 30 players from around the country, with an additional unlimited allotment of visits for “local” prospects — those who either played college football or grew up close by.

The Green Bay Packers, with two first-round draft picks in their pocket, will likely be using several of their Top-30 visits on highly-rated prospects whom the team will consider early on. That was a major portion of the strategy in 2018, Brian Gutekunst’s first year as general manager, but it represented a significant change from Ted Thompson’s strategy.

Before the GM change, Thompson seemed to use most of his visits on players who were either day-three or potential undrafted free agent prospects rather than top prospects. However, Gutekunst did bring in a handful of notable early options as well. Still, eight of the 27 players who visited Green Bay last spring ended up as Packers one way or another; four of them were 2018 draft picks (Oren Burks, J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Kendall Donnerson) while another four were acquired either as undrafted free agents or added mid-season (Tim Boyle, Gerhard de Beer, Natrell Jamerson, and Connor Sheehy).

As a result, keep a close eye on this constantly-updated list leading up to the draft, as several of these names are sure to end up wearing Green and Gold at some point in 2019 or beyond.

Packers Top-30 Visits

Player Position College Source Draft Projection
Player Position College Source Draft Projection
Sweat, Montez EDGE Mississippi State Pro Day interview Day 1
Brown, A.J. WR Mississippi Pro Day interview Day 1 - Day 2
Sternberger, Jace TE Texas A&M Jared Tokarz Day 2
McGary, Kaleb OT Washington Pro Day interview Day 2
Smith, Jeff WR Boston College Greg Auman Day 3 - UDFA
Ramsey, Randy EDGE Arkansas Ian Rapoport UDFA
Beck, Andrew TE Texas Aaron Wilson Day 3 - UDFA
Little, Greg OT Mississippi Instagram Day 1 - Day 2
Hill, Trysten DT UCF Mike Garafolo Day 2 - Day 3
Elliss, Kaden LB Idaho Tom Silverstein Day 3 - UDFA
Lewis, Jr., Donnie CB Tulane Josh Norris Day 3 - UDFA
Simmons, Jeffery DT Mississippi State Instagram Day 1 - Day 2
Hollman, Ka'Dar CB Toledo Jason B. Hirschhorn Day 3 - UDFA
Thompkins, DeAndre WR Penn State Aaron Wilson Day 3 - UDFA
Aniebonam, Jesse EDGE Maryland Aaron Wilson UDFA
Howard, Tytus OT Alabama State Zach Kruse Day 2
Lock, Drew QB Missouri Terez Paylor Day 1
Dillard, Andre OT Washington State Adam Schefter Day 1
Williams, Jonah OL Alabama Tom Silverstein Day 1
Crockett, Damarea RB Missouri Zach Kruse Day 3 - UDFA
Gilbert, Ulysees ILB Akron Zach Kruse Day 3 - UDFA
Lovett, John FB/ST Princeton Tom Pelissero Day 3 - UDFA
Herbig, Nate G Stanford Day 3 - UDFA
Bolton, Curtis ILB Oklahoma Day 3 - UDFA
Speed, E.J. ILB Tarleton State UDFA
Warring, Kahale TE San Diego State Day 3
Gaines, Greg DT Washington Day 3 - UDFA
Bunting, Sean CB Central Michigan Day 2
Wirtel, John LS Kansas UDFA
Forbes, Drew OL SE Missouri St. Tom Silverstein Day 3 - UDFA

In addition to the players noted above, the Packers also hosted a number of prospects from the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern University for the team’s local prospect visits. These players’ visits do not count against the team’s 30-visit allotment:

Packers’ Local Prospect Visits

Player Position College Source Draft Projection
Player Position College Source Draft Projection
Ingold, Alec FB Wisconsin Rob Demovsky Day 3
Connelly, Ryan ILB Wisconsin Rob Demovsky Day 3
Van Ginkel, Andrew OLB Wisconsin Rob Demovsky Day 3
Edwards, T.J. ILB Wisconsin Olivia Reiner Day 3
Edwards, David OT Wisconsin Olivia Reiner Day 2 - Day 3
Hall, Nate ILB Northwestern Zach Kruse Day 3 - UDFA
Hartage, Montre CB Northwestern Olivia Reiner Day 3 - UDFA
Dixon, D'Cota S Wisconsin Olivia Reiner Day 3 - UDFA
James, Chris RB Wisconsin Zach Heilprin UDFA
Deal, Taiwan RB Wisconsin Zach Heilprin Day 3 - UDFA