The Green Bay Packers have acquired a number of former Northwestern Wildcats over the past few seasons. Defensive lineman Dean Lowry was a fourth-round pick in 2016, and in 2018 the team acquired three more players who suited up in Evanston: defensive tackle Tyler Lancaster, fullback Danny Vitale, and safety Ibraheim Campbell.
This week, the team reportedly brought in a player from Northwestern on a pre-draft visit: linebacker Nate Hall. Zach Kruse of The Packers Wire first reported the news.
Hall is listed at 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, which would make him a fit at inside linebacker in Green Bay. He had a productive career, starting at least four games in each of his four years and being a full-time starter for his final three.
As a junior in 2017, Hall posted particularly gaudy numbers, as he recorded 79 total tackles, including a whopping 16.5 tackles for loss. He also recorded five sacks, two interceptions, and eight pass breakups while playing every game at the strong-side linebacker position. However, he tore his ACL late in the season, missing Northwestern’s bowl game. He recovered in time to start in the Wildcats’ 2018 season opener, however, and he totaled 51 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, and three picks in nine games.
Hall was invited to the 2019 NFL Combine, but he did not work out due to a shoulder injury that he suffered late last fall. However, he did work out at Northwestern’s Pro Day, posting solid agility times of 6.85 seconds (3-cone) and 4.21 seconds (short shuttle) along with a 33-inch vertical.
Note: Northwestern is apparently included as one of the Packers’ “local” schools, which means that workouts for their players do not count against the Packers’ limit of 30 official visits. The University of Wisconsin is also included in this program, as is Northern Illinois, according to Olivia Reiner of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.