Packers Watch Another R-1 WR

Woods (Gary A. Vasquez - USA Today Sports)

A day after seeing Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton, the Packers were at USC to see impressive Robert Woods. Also on display for the Trojans was center Khaled Holmes and a pair of safeties.

All eyes were on Matt Barkley at USC's pro day. The Green Bay Packers' eyes, however, were on one of the players catching Barkley's passes, receiver Robert Woods.

Woods (6-0, 201)had a "ridiculous" workout, according to a source. He stuck with most of his work from the Scouting Combine (4.51 in the 40) and shaved significant time off of his three-cone (7.15 in Indy to 6.65) and short-shuttle (4.47 to 3.97) runs, according to a second source. It was in the position drills where Woods looked like the first-round prospect he's considered to be. Woods dropped only one pass and made several impressive grabs — including a one-hander of a Barkley bomb — while looking explosive in his routes.

Woods, an early entrant, had a monster sophomore year, when he hauled in a school- and conference-record 111 passes for 1,292 (11.6 average) yards and 15 touchdowns. As a junior, Marqise Lee took over as the Trojans' big-play target, but Woods managed 76 receptions for 846 yards (11.1 average) and 11 touchdowns.

As is the case with Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton, who the Packers watched on Tuesday, Woods doesn't have one single asset that wows talent evaluators. Instead, it's the totality of his game.

The Packers had a formal interview with Woods at the Scouting Combine. If he's on the board, he'd be a strong consideration at No. 26. Woods, for what it's worth, was coached this season by Tee Martin, who coached Randall Cobb at Kentucky.

Center Khaled Holmes, who is considered a third-round prospect by a scout, ran 5.12 in the 40 after skipping that test at the Combine due to an ankle injury that bothered him for most of the season. "He was a completely different player from his junior year to his senior year" because of the injury.

Safeties T.J. McDonald (6-3, 219) and Jawanza Starling (6-1, 202) helped themselves in drills. McDonald, a big, physical safety adept at filling gaps in the run game and laying the lumber in the passing game, looked good in passing drills. The son of former All-Pro safety Tim McDonald, he's considered a third-round possibility. Starling is the under-the-radar prospect. He ran in 4.51, according to a source. Starling, a three-year starter who also played on the baseball team in 2009-10, picked off three passes as a senior.


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