Thursday at the Scouting Combine was a mixture of team officials and skill position players meeting with the media, and the Packers were heavily involved in today's events. From their own organizational leaders speaking to players confirming visits with the team, there was a great deal to take in at Lucas Oil for Green Bay fans.
Obviously, Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy both spoke at the podium today. Both showed off their dry wit, with Thompson's being a little more sarcastic and McCarthy more self-deprecating. In all, they sound relatively pleased with the team's current construction, though they are both diligently working to ensure that the Packers win another Lombardi trophy after the 2015 season.
McCarthy spoke at length again about his offensive coaching staff and the changes he has made, citing everyone from Aaron Rodgers to Edgar Bennett to James Campen as reasons for the timing of the change.
One big item regarding the Packers was news that Letroy Guion has returned to Green Bay while he waits out his legal issues, and that Mike McCarthy is hopeful that the team can bring him back. It appears that McCarthy at least does not perceive Guion's arrest to be a major issue, at least not nearly serious enough to make him reconsider whether he wants Guion on his team and in his locker room.
Thursday was notable both for the signal-callers who talked as well as those who didn't. Marcus Mariota spoke to the media, but Jameis Winston had his availability delayed until Friday. The two quarterbacks were both measured today, though, and came in at exactly the same height (6'3-3/4") and only nine pounds apart in weight (Mariota was 222, Winston was 231).
One of the more entertaining players for the media today was Wisconsin Badgers tailback Melvin Gordon, who drew a large crowd late in the afternoon. He discussed the perception of running backs in general but is looking forward to running well and being a first-round pick and later gushed over Corey Clement, the expected starter for the Badgers in 2015. He also measured in a little bit heavier (215 pounds) than his listed weight in 2014 (207).
APC spoke to Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler, who mentioned that he had an informal meeting with Packers running backs coach (and former NFL fullback) Sam Gash. Also, his favorite food is fried chicken, and he and Nick Saban got into a big spat in practice once during the 2013 season.
A couple of the top wideouts had their schedules pushed back a day - Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White, specifically.
Among the group that did speak was Devin Funchess of Michigan. He repeatedly refused to label himself a wide receiver or tight end, referring only to himself as a "ballplayer." In light of his recent dunking video, he also joked that Michigan basketball coach John Beilein asked him to join the basketball team when he was a freshman.
Dorial Green-Beckham was the most physically impressive wideout in attendance, as he measured in with Calvin Johnson-esque numbers. Whether he can come close to Megatron's performances in drills will remain to be seen, however.
Odds and Ends
Among other players who APC confirmed had meetings with the Packers were wide receiver Tre McBride (William & Mary) and tight end Jeff Heuerman (Ohio State).