2017 NFL Draft

Packers give NCAA receptions leader tryout

Packers give NCAA receptions leader tryout

By Jeff Reynolds | NFLDraftScout.com
For now, the goal is short-sighted for Dubuque wide receiver Michael Zweifel -- make the Packers' 90-man offseason roster.

"I'm just excited to get a chance to play and show what I can do," Zweifel told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel after starring at the Division III school near the Iowa-Illinois-Wisconsin border, where he played for his father. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to be there. I know the speed of the game will be faster. But I'm just really excited."

Zweifel attended the Iowa State pro day and ran the 40 in a decent 4.56 seconds. What stood out to the Packers was his quickness running routes. His vertical jump was 35 inches and his time in the three-cone drill was 6.52 seconds -- which shows how easily he moves into and out of cuts and changes directions, clear assets in the West Coast offense the Packers operate. The average time in the three-cone for receivers who were invited to the combine was 6.94, the Journal-Sentinel pointed out.

He transferred from UW-River Falls after catching 176 passes in his first two seasons. He sat out as a junior, as a medical redshirt, recovering from a thigh injury.

Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma caught 349 passes in his career, but Zweigel's 140 catches in 2011 gave him 463 career receptions, shattering the all-time NCAA record (436) held by Scott Pingel of Westminster (Mo.). His 5,979 receiving yards rank second behind Pingel.

Breaking in with the Packers is a long shot. But Green Bay has coveted depth at the position and isn't afraid to keep overlooked talent (Chastin West in 2011) that proves it will contribute.

If Zweifel catches everything in sight, he could go to training camp with the team in Green Bay.

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