Tyrone Walker

Packers sign three from tryout sessions

Brandon Smith

The odds aren’t very good, but three of the 27 walk-ins who tried out with the Green Bay Packers this past weekend during the rookie orientation session were lucky enough to be noticed by the coaching staff.

Signed to contracts were cornerback Brandon Smith, wide receiver Tyrone Walker, and fullback Jonathan Amosa.

According to Bill Huber of the The Packer Report, Smith is by far the most intriguing. At Arizona State, Smith (6-1) played wide receiver. Though he was injured in college and caught only 10 passes for 196 yards, he was impressive at his pro day – running the 40-yard dash in 4.39 and coming in with a 40-inch vertical leap. The Packers are targeting him as a cornerback because of his speed and jumping abilities. He’s not new to the situation either – he went undrafted in 2011, but was invited to the Seattle Seahawks’ training camp as a wide receiver. He didn’t make the team.

Walker  was Illinois State’s all-time receptions leader with 250 catches for 3,565) yards and 32 touchdowns – he was the favorite target of quarterback Matt Brown, who is also on the Packers’ roster as an undrafted rookie. As a senior, was the Missouri Valley Conference leader with 90 receptions, 1,319 yards and nine touchdowns. He ran the 40 in 4.59 and had a 39-inch vertical leap at his pro day.

Fullback Amosa, Washington, joins veteran John Kuhn and undrafted rookie Ryan Roberson as the third fullback on the Packers’ roster. He’s not a burner, that’s for sure – he ran a 4.93 in the 40-yard dash, but did post 34 reps in the bench press at his pro day. He was a a walk-on linebacker at Washington before stepping in to play his final two seasons in college as a fullback. His statistics weren’t spectacular – he caught three passes for 26 yards and had one touchdown  24 games. He was rated thirty-ninth out of 96 fullbacks in this year’s draft by nfldraftscout.com.



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