The 2014 NFL Draft is right around the corner and with the annual selection meeting getting closer and closer, teams are going into overdrive as they finalize their evaluations and set their draft boards.
It’s during this time of year that teams bring in prospects for visits to their facility. Every team in the NFL uses these visits differently. The Packers tend to use these visits for players that are projected to be late-round selections or undrafted free agents in an attempt to gather as much information as possible about these prospects.
Therefore, it is worth nothing that according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post who cites league sources, the Packers recently hosted Notre Dame outside linebacker Prince Shembo for a pre-draft visit.
In the most recent version of the Packers Guru 7-round mock draft, I had Shembo landing with Green Bay in the fifth round. Here is my analysis regarding that selection:
The Packers spent the offseason talking about how they want versatile players in the front seven of their defense and Shembo definitely fits that mold as he played both outside linebacker and defensive end in college. He does not have ideal size for an outside linebacker in the 3-4 at 6-1, 253-pounds but has a great motor, is a physical player and was productive at Notre Dame with 145 career tackles (24.5 for loss) and 19.5 sacks. He would add some much-needed depth at outside linebacker and has enough ability to be a rotational player right away with the potential to develop into a starter down the line.
Green Bay has done a nice job with it’s front seven this offseason, signing Julius Peppers as well as re-signing both Mike Neal and B.J. Raji. Yet, depth is still needed, particularly at the outside linebacker spot and Shembo, who has experience as a stand up outside linebacker is the perfect player to fill that role.
Shembo may never be a full-time player but he has enough skills as a pass rusher to be a solid rotational player and as we all know, if there’s one thing you can’t get enough of — it’s pass rushers.
If you want to make up your own mind on Shembo the video below features game film of him playing against Purdue. This video is not a highlight reel, its play-by-play footage of every defensive snap in the game with Shembo highlighted so you can make your own judgement.