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Tracking the Packers 2013 Undrafted Free Agent Signings (UDFA)

Ted Thompson on the Prowl

Must… Find… Hidden… Gems…

The 2013 NFL draft is in the books but this is when Green Bay Packers GM Ted Thompson’s dirty work is just beginning.  Thompson has forged a reputation for being a huge proponent of using undrafted free agency to find some hidden gems.  Some examples of those past finds are Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, M.D. Jennings, Don Barclay and Dezman Moses, to name a few.

Here is the complete list of the Packers’ 2012 UDFA (undrafted free agent) signings, complete with height, weight and 40 yard dash times. We will be continually updating the list with additional player information or adding new signings, so check back in throughout the day.

Matt Brown, QB, Illinois State – 6’3″ 223lbs, 4.87 40yd dash time -

Took over as the starter in his freshman season, compiling a 93.1 NFL passer rating across the next four years. Completed 928 of 1,456 passes (63.7%) for 10,596 yards, 78 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions. At his Pro Day, also had a 41.5 inch vertical, had a 10’10 broad jump.

Ben Ericksen, S, Illinois State – 6’1″ 194lbs, 4.51 40yd dash time -

Played all four years at Illinois State, starting out as a wide receiver before converting to a safety in his second year. Was also used as a kick returner each year. In his senior year, had seven interceptions. At his Pro Day, scored 16 bench reps, 36.5″ vertical, 10’02″ broad jump, 4.22s shuttle, and 6.85s 3-cone.

Patrick Lewis, G, Texas A&M – 6’1″ 311lbs, 5.30 40yd dash time -

Started 52 games in college and earned three All-Big 12 selections. Visited the Packers prior to the draft. At his Pro day, scored 25 bench reps, 29″ vertical, 8’0″ broad jump, 4.93s shuttle, and 8.01s 3-cone.

Andy Mulumba, OLB, Eastern Michigan – 6’3″ 260lbs, 4.82 40yd dash time -

A hybrid pass rusher with experience in both two and three point stance, Mulumba doesn’t have great burst or speed, but he shows good awareness vs. the run with some upside. – Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

Angelo Pease, RB, Kansas State – 5’10″ 211lbs, 4.50 40yd dash time -

Saw action in 10 games in 2011, including a start against Texas A&M… Rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns… Rushed five times for 33 yards and his first career touchdown against No. 15 Baylor… Set career highs in both rushes (8) and yards (61) at Kansas.  Pease did a little of everything during his collegiate career, playing quarterback in wildcat situations, running back and even a little wide receiver.  He’s listed as a running back, but theoretically could play any of those positions.

Gilbert Pena, NT, Mississippi – 6’3″ 330lbs, 5.48 40yd dash time -

Pena has limited range and isn’t as strong as he looks, but was a substantial reason for Mississippi’s improved run defense in 2012. – Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com.  Pena transferred to Ole Miss in the spring of 2011. After 10 appearances as a junior with 11 total tackles, Pena had a breakout senior season. Appearing in all 13 games, Pena posted 34 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss

Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State – 6’4″ 249lbs, 4.65 40yd dash time -

A tall athlete with good length and catching radius.  He plays with excellent body control to adjust and come down with the catch, showing very good field awareness.  He makes plays after the catch, showing good effort and power to pick up tough yards.  He displays some tenacity as a blocker and does a nice job on the perimeter.  -CBS Sports

Lane Taylor, G, Oklahoma State – 6’3″ 324lbs, 5.35 40yd dash time -

Entered the 2012 season as one of the top-rated linemen in the Big-12 conference.  After spending a lot of time in the weight room, he has done a nice job putting on weight and maxing out his frame, adding over 30 pounds since his freshman season. Taylor isn’t the most mobile blocker, but he stays coordinated in his stance and works well in small areas.  -CBS Sports

Myles White, WR, Louisiana Tech – 6’0″ 182lbs, 4.42 40yd dash time -

Transferred to Tech from Michigan State.  A second team All-WAC selection that caught 56 passes for 718 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 12.8 yards per catch and close to five catches per game

James Winchester, LS, Oklahoma – 6’3″ 210lbs. 4.58 40yd dash time -

Deep snapper James Winchester put on some of the best performances to outshine some better-known players at Oklahoma’s pro day. Winchester had the best marks during Wednesday’s workout session in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and 60-yard shuttle. He ran the 40 in 4.58 seconds, logged a vertical jump of 38 inches and a broad jump of 11 feet,

 

TRYOUT INVITEES:

Jeremy Vujnovich, OT, Louisiana College – 6’5″ 290lbs, 4.87 40yd dash time, 35 bench reps. Three year starter, two-time 1st Team All-ASC selection. His college coach called him the most athletic tackle he’s ever coached.

Devin Willis, CB, Northern Arizona  -  6’0″, 178lbs.  Two years at NAZ after transferring from Palomar College. Miami, FL native.

Damond Smith, CB, South Alabama  -  5’11″, 181lbs.  Transfer from Western Michigan. has “made some mistakes”, but is anxious to move forward. Strongest in press coverage, says he models himself after Patrick Peterson.

Cedrick Moore, S, Stony Brook  -  5’11″, 205lbs.  Senior year starter, led team with 85 tackles. 2nd team All Big South.

 

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31 Responses to “Tracking the Packers 2013 Undrafted Free Agent Signings (UDFA)”

  1. Iowapackfan says:

    Good looking group, see at least two of those guys making the final roster. How many does everybody else seeing make it?

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    • Stroh says:

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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      • Iowapackfan says:

        I’m going with Pena, Stoneburner, and maybe even Taylor because of his size. Who do you have Stroh?

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        • Dobber says:

          I would’ve agreed with you on Taylor if he could play C. If not, I think he’s a practice squad body if he’s willing to learn how to snap.

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        • PatMc says:

          Pena & Ben Ericksen, S,

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        • Stroh says:

          Stoneburner and Taylor would be my guess. A ready made OG if he shows some ability and a do everything pretty well TE since we know how McCarthy likes his TE.

          I see them putting Pena on the PS for a year to develop and see how Raji and Pickett play. Raji is almost certain to be re-signed, but Pickett I think has 2 years left but only one year on his contract and if his play slips and Pena shows anything he could take over in a year.

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    • Dobber says:

      The only one I think has a shot (based on limited exposure) is Stoneburner. They signed a blocker, but if Quarless doesn’t make it back, he’s got a shot.

      I would’ve guessed Pena would have a shot before the Packers had burned so many picks on DL the last couple years. He looks like he has potential as a standard, treestump NT. There’s no room for Pease unless someone gets hurt, or he shows ability as a KR. He’s a redundant back behind Franklin and Harris.

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  2. Ron LC says:

    Back to the draft guide to see if there is more on any of these guys.

    Where the hell is Illinois State? Never heard of it till this year.

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    • Dobber says:

      It’s located in the capital: Illinois City. ;)

      (Actually, Bloomington-Normal, right in the center of IL–60 miles up I-74 from Champaign)

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  3. Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

    More D-grade talent. I haven’t heard of any of these guys.

    What the hell is TT thinking?

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    • Chad Toporski Chad Toporski says:

      I guess people didn’t get my sarcasm…

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      • Dobber says:

        For a larger group than I expected, this draft felt like someone just closed the big factory in town. Humor and sarcasm kinda go by the wayside in that case.

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  4. Nick Perry says:

    I would have loved to see Ted try and sign Da’Rick Rodgers. I know he’s got issues but maybe in Green Bay he could get it right.

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  5. Bart says:

    Here’s an athlete…
    Jeremy Vujnovich, OT, Louisiana College – 6’5″ 290lbs, 4.87 40yd dash time, 35 bench reps. Three year starter, two-time 1st Team All-ASC selection. His college coach called him the most athletic tackle he’s ever coached.
    Questions are how are his mechanics and how coachable is he? I like the slew o’ tackles though. Probably Bulaga at left and Barclay at right to start the season.

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    • Stroh says:

      Les hope he’s not the 2nd coming of Allen Barbre! He was a tremendous athlete too and at 6’4 300 he was bigger than Vujnovich. At least he wasn’t a 4th rd pick like Barbre.

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    • Cheeeeseeee says:

      This Vujnovich kid looks like the real deal. Maybe a diamond in the rough. Everything I read notes him as a clear headed, coachable guy. And what an athlete!

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  6. GBPDAN says:

    Cant wait to see our running game this year.

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  7. Chad Lundberg says:

    I keep hearing about this Gilbert Pena and if I read correctly one guy wrote that he was “the most underrated player in the draft”. Anyone care to fill me in?

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  8. Alex Parkhurst says:

    Shawn Zobel liked Pena. “Most underrated player in the draft”.

    Scroll to bottom. Looks like sleeper of the FA’s:

    http://www.draftheadquarters.com/

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  9. Dobber says:

    In all honesty, I’ll take just about anyone over Graham Harrell. Bump Coleman up the list and bring this Brown kid in as the #3.

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    • Rickyg says:

      Ted had a chance to get Zac Dysert in the 7th but passed for Sam Barrington . Zac had a rating of 83.2. Excelled at throwing on the run.

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  10. Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes says:

    Man you can’t have a better last name than Winchester as a long snapper

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  11. Serge Sansculotte says:

    I see Pena making the team since we are in desperate need of D-line help. Hey it lists Stoneburners 40 time as 4.54-is that right? That’s faster than Lacy and some receivers. If that’s the case he makes the team as well. Will Kuhn still make the team? He’s a High priced FB with limited skills.

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    • Jersey Al Jersey Al says:

      4.54 was not correct, but he wasn’t far off – 4.65. Thanks for catching that, I fixed it in the article…

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  12. Nick Whipple says:

    Ben Eriksen, Stoneburner and Pena make the team. I also like the Corners and Cedrick Moore is a beast.

    Don’t be surprised if Ericksen pushes for a starting job, guy’s a star in the making.

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  13. Jim Joehnk says:

    Just to give us Packer fans from WI a little extra information, Ben Erickson was the WIAA player of the year in 2009. He was an incredible receiver out of Greendale, WI and led the state in both kickoff and punt returns. Was also one of the leaders in college in punt returns. Fearless player, not the fastest on the team, but very instinctive player as now a safety. He is a local kid that you can pull for.

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  14. Eric says:

    Da’rick Rodgers go get him t t. He needs leadership and we have that in green Bay

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