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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

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Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.

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McClellin is linebacker on the move

Posted Apr 9, 2012

The following is the sixth installment in a position-by-position draft preview series. Linebackers are featured in this installment.


It’s a position at which questions must be answered before this year’s draft class can even be graded or ranked: 4-3 or 3-4? Defensive end or outside linebacker?

“There are close to a dozen college defensive ends that are going to be drafted as 3-4 outside linebackers,” si.com draft analyst Tony Pauline said, referring to players such as Melvin Ingram, Nick Perry, Whitney Mercilus and Andrew Branch, all of whom were college defensive ends and who were mentioned in the draft preview series installment on defensive linemen.

Boise State’s Shea McClellin is another such college defensive end and seems to translate to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, which is the Packers’ base defense. McClellin made a seamless transition to outside linebacker at the Senior Bowl, turned in an eye-popping combine workout in which he ran in the 4.6s, and now finds himself as one of the fast-rising players in this draft class.

“McClellin is one of the most versatile and complete guys. He’s not as good a rusher or playmaker as Melvin Ingram, but he’s a very good linebacker. He plays hard; he just doesn’t have a lot of experience at a traditional linebacker spot,” Pauline said.

“He’s moving up boards. He won’t be there for the Packers. You saw how well he did at the Senior Bowl. He interviews well; he’s a smart guy.”

Just as McClellin is an end that projects to linebacker, Alabama’s Dont'a Hightower is an inside linebacker that, in a 3-4, might project to the outside. Hightower was a straight-line run-stuffer in college, but he ran and worked out well enough at the combine to cause 3-4 teams to believe he can cover in a short-area drop zone; he certainly has the power, speed and aggressiveness to be a pass rusher, though he wasn’t featured in that role at Alabama.

Grading and ranking the linebackers is a purely personal thing. It’s all in what a team envisions as what would be a prospect’s role. The Packers, of course, are looking for an outside pass-rush complement to Clay Matthews.

“It’s a great year for 3-4 outside linebackers; it’s a very average year for 4-3 outside linebackers. Zach Brown would be the best 4-3 outside linebacker, hands down. Lot of upside. Just has to put the pedal to the metal,” Pauline said.

Brown, of North Carolina, is viewed as a 4-3 weak-side linebacker, but his speed, a scintillating 4.45 40, might be viewed by a 3-4 defensive coordinator as something he wants to feature on the inside. Pauline doesn’t think Brown is tall enough to play on the outside in a 3-4.

“His pass-rush skills are very average. He doesn’t have the height to be an outside guy. It depends on the system,” Pauline said.

West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin lit up the combine with his speed. He’s a college defensive end whose lack of size will require him to play linebacker, probably as a rush-backer in a 3-4.

“He’s got the athleticism. He’s got to learn to be a good football player. He’s got the size/speed numbers. He’s got a tremendous amount of upside. He’s got to polish his game,” Pauline said.

Pauline also thinks Florida State’s Nigel Bradham and Arkansas State’s Demario Davis offer the speed and body types to play in a 3-4, but they are mostly viewed as 4-3 weak-side candidates. Davis ran 4.49 at the combine.

Boston College’s Luke Kuechly is considered by most to be the most polished of the traditional 4-3 middle linebackers.

Down the line guys? Pauline likes TCU’s Tank Carder and Utah State’s Bobby Wagner.

Carder is solidly built and ran 4.6 at the combine. “He needs some polish. I have him as a fifth-round pick,” said Pauline, who believes Carder could become a “steal.”

Wagner is a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker that can play run and pass.

Oklahoma’s Ronnell Lewis is another potential tweener prospect for a team such as the Packers. Lewis ran 4.65 at the combine on a 6-2, 250 frame. Pauline says that if Lewis’ football-playing ability catches up to his athletic skill, he could become an impact player.

 
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