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Undrafted free Agents

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  1. OregonPackFan

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  2. Tiger

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    has Zabransky been picked up by anyone yet?
     
  3. Arles

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    Here's some bios. First on Rory Johnson:

    Rory Johnson
    OLB | (6'1", 232, 4.59) | MISSISSIPPI

    Scouts Grade: 70

    Strengths: Has a quick first step, flashes the ability to locate the ball carrier quickly and can make plays at the line of scrimmage. Can slip blocks in space and shows above-average range. Closes well, plays with a mean streak and flashes the ability to deliver the big hit. Uses hands to protect legs, shows good balance and can fight off cut blocks. Gets adequate depth in drops and can cover a lot of ground in zone coverage. Changes directions quickly, explodes out of cuts and flashes above-average man-to-man cover skills. Though didn't get many opportunities to rush the passer, has the top-end speed and athletic ability to get to the quarterback. Progressed during only season at Mississippi and there is reason to believe will only get better with added experience.

    Weaknesses: Lacks elite size and can get engulfed. Hasn't shown great upper body strength, doesn't use hands well and takes too long to shed blocks. Doesn't take great angles to the ball, gets caught out of position and probably would have benefited from staying in school to work on overall technique. Hasn't shown great instincts and is vulnerable to play action. Lacks ideal ball skills and isn't a playmaker in coverage. Took some time to adjust to scheme at Mississippi and has had some academic problems.

    Overall: Johnson originally signed with Mississippi State in 2004 but chose to enroll at Hinds (Miss.) Community College where he spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He transferred to Mississippi in 2006 and appeared in all 12 games, recording 94 total tackles, three tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

    Johnson is a risk-reward prospect with intriguing upside. Though he gets caught out of position far too much and he needs to get stronger at the point of attack, he has a good combination of quickness, speed and athletic ability. Johnson projects as a Day 2 pick.
     
  4. Arles

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    Juwan Simpson
    OLB | (6'2", 225, 4.55) | ALABAMA

    Scouts Grade: 53

    Strengths: An athletically gifted WLB prospect with above average top-end speed. He plays the game aggressively and shows good toughness for an undersized player. He fills hard and will throw his body around. Displays good upper body power for his size. Is a sideline-to-sideline playmaker versus the run. Possesses the speed and hip fluidity to match up one-on-one versus most running backs in the passing game. He gets a deep drop in zone coverage and can cover a lot of ground when he makes proper, timely reads. He also displays good ball skills and is a playmaker when the ball is in the air.

    Weaknesses: Off-the-field problems are the biggest "red flag" as it pertains to his draft stock. Off-season arrest in 2005 led to a one-game suspension in 2006 and also raises obvious questions regarding his character. He is undersized and must prove he can add bulk without losing quickness. He lacks the base and lower body strength to win most of those battles versus bigger iso-blockers. His read-and-react skills are suspect. He can be undisciplined and will take himself out of some running plays by getting too far up-field. Takes the easy way out too often. Diagnoses some plays too late and will take too many false steps versus play-action. He has good burst as a pass rusher but gets washed out too easily at the line of scrimmage if he doesn't have a clear path to the quarterback.

    Overall: Simpson was redshirted in 2002. In 2003, he played in all 12 games (three starts) and made 61 total tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Simpson appeared in 10 total games in 2004 and registered 32 total tackles, four tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. He started the first five contests, suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the next two games (Kentucky, Southern Miss), and then came off the bench the final five games. In 2005, Simpson started all 12 games and recorded 64 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two interceptions. He started 12 of 13 games in 2006, missing the Louisiana-Monroe game because of a suspension (9/16), and made 86 total tackles, six tackles for loss, one interception, and two forced fumbles.

    Simpson is undersized and unable to consistently take on blockers in the phone booth. His motor also tends to run hot-and-cold. However, he possesses outstanding speed, agility and range -- versus the run and pass. Simpson has the physical tools to develop into a starting "WILL" linebacker in the NFL but only for teams that employ an undersized, athletic scheme like the Bears, Buccaneers and Colts. Concerns regarding his character could cause him to slip on draft weekend.
     
  5. OregonPackFan

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    Rory Johnson could be an amazing pickup as an undrafted free agent.
     
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    sounds good
     
  7. Arles

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    Here's what I have for Babb ( had a workout for the Packers at Louisiana Lafayette on April 11. ):

    Name: Jerry Babb
    College: Louisiana-Lafayette
    Height: 6-3 Weight: 225
    Position: QB
    40 Time: 4.69 40 Low: 4.65 40 High: 4.76

    Pro Day results:
    Dates: 03/13/07
    Height: 6-3
    Weight: 225
    40 Yrd Dash: 4.67
    20 Yrd Dash: 2.65
    10 Yrd Dash: 1.56
    Vertical Jump: 33
    Broad Jump: 9'9"
    20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.00
    3-Cone Drill: 6.88

    Looks like a mobile QB who was real inconsistent in college. His best passing day was 29-34 for 334, 2 TDs and 0 INT. His best rushing day was 22 rushes for 133 yards and a TD. Of course, he had a ton of stinkers too.
     
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    Here's the bio for Birdline:

    Larry Birdine
    DE | (6'3", 261, 5.02) | OKLAHOMA

    Strengths: Possesses good initial quickness, does a good job of anticipating the snap and is disruptive. Plays with a non-stop motor and is relentless in pursuit. Takes good angles to the ball and generally does a good job of closing down cutback lanes. Has good upper body strength, plays with a mean streak and flashes the ability to shed blocks quickly. Possesses good athletic ability and is an explosive open field tackler. Shows the ability to change directions quickly, can redirect inside after setting offensive tackles up to the outside and runs lint stunts well. Possesses good leaping ability, times jumps well and is capable of disrupting passing windows.

    Weaknesses: Lacks ideal top-end speed, doesn't have sideline-to-sideline range and is going to have problems turning the corner. Is undersized and is vulnerable to wearing down when teams consistently run at him. Lacks ideal lower body strength, plays too high at times and has problems anchoring working against powerful drive blockers. Missed 2005 season because of a biceps injury and durability is an issue.

    Overall: Birdine was redshirted in 2002. He played in 14 games (one start) as a redshirt freshman in 2003, finishing the year with 24 total tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble. He appeared in 13 games (no starts) in 2004 and registered 40 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Birdine tore a left biceps muscle prior to the 2005 season, missed the entire season and has returned for a fifth-year of eligibility in 2006. He appeared in 14 games in 2006, starting 13, and finished with 39 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

    Birdine has the quickness, tenacity and athletic ability to develop into a capable reserve that can also contribute on special teams in the NFL. However, he did not look like the same player in 2006 after missing all of the 2005 season year with an arm injury. He has never been dominant in any one area and he made even fewer big plays as a senior than he did prior to the injury during his sophomore and junior seasons (2003-'04). Birdine projects as a late-round selection in the 2007 draft.
     
  9. Arles

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    The Houston Texans signed him.
     
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    Both of those LB picks are nice additions. If this keeps up we can call our LB core 'The Dirty Dozen'. Or maybe 'The Scary Score'.
     
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    The Green Bay Packers have signed seven undrafted free agents.


    The team has not announced the signings, but they have been confirmed through agents, schools and NFL sources. They are:

    Quarterback Jerry Babb of Louisiana-Lafayette
    Guard Pat Murray of Truman State
    Linebacker Rory Johnson of Mississippi
    Linebacker Juwan Simpson of Alabama
    Defensive end Larry Birdine of Oklahoma
    Defensive lineman Daniel Muir of Kent State
    Fullback Ryan Powdrell of Southern California
     
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    Local newspaper here in Boise is reporting he signed with the Texans.
     
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    Powdrell (6-0, 255, 4.9 40) is an interesting addition. He was out for the season in 06 with a real serious ankle injury he got in the 2nd game. He's just getting back into shape but he was a highly regarded FB at USC. He has very good hands and was a solid blocker. In just one game against Arkansas in 06, he had 4 catches for 72 yards (including a 44 yard TD).

    Ironically enough, the guy he reminded most people of going into the season was William Henderson. He was also a real good ST guy.
     
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    I like this kid, nice guy to have in camp, competition will be fierce at FB.
    I hope Zabransky does well at the texans, hes a winner.
     
  15. Packnic

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    yeah i wish we got zabransky... but oh well INGLE MARTIN is still here.


    competition is gonna be fierce everywhere except QB this year.

    i love it. watching Miree, a LBer, an undrafted free agent, and wynn compete for the FB is definetly gonna be awesome. may the best man win
     
  16. OregonPackFan

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    I think Wynn will stay at RB, he's fast big and strong, the only thing he doesn't have is a head if he can get one he will be a good powerback.
     
  17. tromadz

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    Headless RB?

    I've heard of his uncle

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