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Perhaps a diamond in the rough?

Posted on: May 6, 2008 11:16 am

After Mr. Irrelavent, it's over. Everybody else's shot at getting their name called over a loudspeaker at Radio City Music Hall is over. But that doesn't mean they won't have an opportunity to find a niche in the NFL.

The Packers signed 11 non-drafted free agents:

6 <font onmouseover="bP('smith_taj', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Taj Smith WR 6-0, 192
Syracuse (Newark, N.J.)

Smith, 24, played two seasons for the Orange and totaled 56 catches for 1,049 yards and eight touchdowns. He previously attended Bakersfield (Calif.) College, where his 1,670 career receiving yards and 16 career touchdowns both rank second all-time.

7 <font onmouseover="bP('debauche_ken', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Ken DeBauche P 6-1, 213
Wisconsin (Green Bay, Wis.)

DeBauche, 23, served as the punter all four seasons at Wisconsin, where his 42.4-yard average ranks second-best in school history. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection this past season


13 <font onmouseover="bP('allen_jake', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Jake Allen WR 6-4, 190
Mississippi College (Waynesboro, Miss.)

Allen, 23, earned first-team Division III All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association in 2007. He established school records in receptions (152), receiving yards (2,867) and receiving touchdowns (26) in just three seasons at Mississippi College.
18 <font onmouseover="bP('harper_rod', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Rod Harper WR 6-0, 209
Murray State (Bradenton, Fla.)

Harper, 23, led the Racers with 57 catches for 779 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007 and earned second-team all-conference honors in the Ohio Valley Conference. He ranks third in school annals in both career receiving yards (1,653) and touchdowns (20).

28 <font onmouseover="bP('lumpkin_kregg', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Kregg Lumpkin RB 5-11, 222
Georgia (Stone Mountain, Ga.)

Lumpkin, 23, was a four-year letterman for the Bulldogs and part of a senior class that compiled 40 wins, three bowl wins and an SEC title. He appeared in 44 career games and rushed for 1,700 yards and 15 touchdowns.

44 <font onmouseover="bP('riley_marcus', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Marcus Riley LB 6-0, 233
Fresno State (Elk Grove, Calif.)

Riley, 23, was honored as the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 after he posted 132 tackles (64 solos), including 15 stops for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception. He appeared in 39 career games, including 30 starts.

46 <font onmouseover="bP('jansen_j.j.', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">J.J. Jansen LS 6-2 254
Notre Dame (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Jansen, 22, became the long snapper for the Irish midway through his sophomore season, appearing in the final 32 games of his career. He made eight career tackles as a member of the punt coverage unit.

47 <font onmouseover="bP('peterson_mike', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Mike Peterson TE 6-2, 255
Northwest Missouri State (Atlantic, Iowa)

Peterson, 25, was a three-year starter, earning All-America honors in his final two seasons. In 53 career games, he totaled 141 receptions for 1,987 yards and 17 touchdowns and also rushed 14 times for 94 yards and one touchdown.

49 <font onmouseover="bP('haynos_joey', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Joey Haynos TE 6-8, 264
Maryland (Washington, D.C.)

Haynos, 23, appeared in 43 career games, including 12 starts, for the Terrapins after walking on to the team in 2003. An honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2006, he finished his collegiate career with 68 catches for 687 yards and four touchdowns.

58 <font onmouseover="bP('lansanah_danny', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Danny Lansanah LB 6-1, 244
Connecticut (Harrisburg, Pa.)

Lansanah, 22, finished his career with the Huskies with 323 tackles, including 35 stops for loss, and 10 interceptions. A team captain and All-Big East first-team selection as a senior, he appeared in 45 games, including 34 starts.

64 <font onmouseover="bP('carvalho_brennen', this);" onmouseout="bQ();" color="#0066cc">Brennen Carvalho C 6-1, 294
Portland State (Honolulu, Hawaii)

Carvalho, 21, was a unanimous Division I FCS (formerly I-AA) All-America selection in his final two seasons. A three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection who made 39 consecutive starts, he was awarded the Rimington Trophy in 2007 as the nation's top center at the NCAA Division I FCS level.

Now off to take my cold medication!

Later peeps.



Category: NFL
Tags: Packers

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: May 16, 2008 10:34 am

Perhaps a diamond in the rough?

Being in Minnesota, I don't quite get the coverage that I desire for the Green Bay Packers, so I just wanted to thank you for taking the time necessary to do this.  Look forward to seeing a few of these players in the preseason.  It's already only 3 months away!!!

Still wish we had another running  back besides Ryan Grant though!  That Seattle game was a sign for me.  Lambeau is always cold!...


Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2008 8:41 pm

Perhaps a diamond in the rough?

I know he wasn't a undrafted free-agent, but I'm really high on Brett Swain.  Watching highlights of him showed his potential.  People are saying that he reminds them of Wes Welker, he looks better than Welker did at college to me

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2008 11:17 am

Perhaps a diamond in the rough?

Yeah so  that didnt work out too well. The article is at


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