Pro Day Tour: Talent at S. Car.

S Antoine Allen (Jeff Blake/USP)

The Packers had scouts at at least five pro days and saw first-round possibilities at South Carolina and Connecticut.

The Green Bay Packers need an outside linebacker and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram has been compared to Pittsburgh's James Harrison.

After a terrific positional workout at Wednesday's pro day, Ingram (6-2, 276) potentially has surged into top-10 consideration – probably putting him far out of range for the Packers, even if general manager Ted Thompson covets him enough to move up in the first round.

Ingram, who had 10 sacks at defensive tackle as a senior but projects to an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, only did drills. Here's all you need to know about Ingram: He caught a 60-yard wheel route in stride.

A source said he had an "A-plus" workout and "looked phenomenal" and "as advertised." Another source, who was not at the workout, said Ingram's only "down side is that you'll have to drag him off the field from exhaustion because he plays so hard."

The Gamecocks have two other big-name prospects who could be of interest for the Packers: cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Antonio Allen. With his outstanding combination of size (6-foot) and speed (4.40 at the Combine), Gilmore potentially will be the second cornerback off the board. In three seasons, he had eight interceptions and four forced fumbles. Gilmore, who did only positional drills, has a lot of upside considering he never was a full-time cornerback until arriving at South Carolina.

Allen (6-1, 210) ran a 4.67 at the Combine and lopped about a tenth of a second off of that on Wednesday. Allen played the Gamecocks' "spur" position, a hybrid linebacker-safety, so the question is whether he can be anything more than in-the-box player. He looked good in drills - dropping a couple passes but making some excellent grabs, too - but questions remain. That could push him into Day 3.

"The 40 improvement was key," a source said.

Quarterback Stephen Garcia, who had a rocky collegiate career, looked superb in drills and is scheduled to throw at the regional combine in Detroit this week.

Connecticut

Kendall Reyes is a potential first-round target for the Packers. At 6-foot-4 and 299 pounds, he's got prototype size to line up at end in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme. The powerful Reyes stuck with his Scouting Combine numbers (4.95 in the 40, 34-inch vertical, 36 reps on the bench) but went through position drills.

He started 42 games during his career and finished with 11.5 sacks and 32.5 tackles for losses. He probably wouldn't provide the pass-rushing threat the Packers want but he'd be a tremendous all-around player to feature alongside B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett.

One under-the-radar player is center Moe Petrus. Petrus (6-2, 302), who hails from St. Laurent, Quebec, was a four-year starter and a freshman All-American at left guard. He ran a 5.02 in the 40 and put up 19 reps on the bench.

South Carolina State

Safety Christian Thompson did only position drills after running his 40 in 4.50 seconds at the Combine. Thompson (6-0, 211) was kicked out of Auburn for skipping too many classes and wound up starting for two seasons at South Carolina State. Thompson was known as "Juggernaut" for his hard-hitting ways and, in a weak class of safeties, might be surging into third-round consideration.

Central Florida

The Packers had a scout at Central Florida, where speedy cornerback Josh Robinson presumably was the headliner. Robinson, who was planning to do only position drills, ran a 4.33 in the 40 at the Combine, tied for the fastest there. He picked off two passes and broke up 15 as a junior before entering the draft. Packer Report, however, was unable to obtain any results.

"There was a little pressure, but it went well," he told the school's Web site. "Thank God I didn't have to do (the same drills as the NFL Combine) again," Robinson said. "I did a couple of different position drills and I think I did pretty well at them. ... I still have to go back home and work on my conditioning, and there are always things you can improve on."

Northern Iowa

Linebacker L.J. Fort (6-0, 232) was named a third-team FCS All-American after putting up some enormous numbers. His 184 tackles set a school record, and his 14.15 tackles per game led FCS. He added six forced fumbles. We've been unable to get results.


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