Louisville Cardinals defensive end Marcus Smith (91) sacks South Florida Bulls quarterback Bobby Eveld (13) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Smith might be a player the Packers look to in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports photograph
Jermichael Finley and James Jones are household names to Green Bay Packers fans. They are known around the league as incredibly talented athletes. However, it may come as a surprise to some that each of them was a third round selection in the NFL draft.
It is easy to focus on this year’s first round prospects. These players receive the most hype – often because their college performance warrants it. However, it would be a mistake to ignore the players who will be selected in the later rounds of the draft. Their draft position may be lower, but that does not necessarily speak to their NFL potential.
This week’s NFL scouting combine gives teams a chance to evaluate who they think the hidden gems of later rounds will be. Here are five prospects that the Green Bay Packers are likely to have their eye on at the combine that could be available when the Packers pick in the third round.