Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pro Day Tour: Weisman States Case

Iowa fullback Mark Weisman outperformed most of the running backs who were invited to the Scouting Combine. He has a John Kuhn-like skill-set — which is something to keep in mind given Kuhn's uncertain future. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY)

Could Iowa’s Mark Weisman be the Green Bay Packers’ starting fullback next season?

The Packers haven’t re-signed Pro Bowler John Kuhn. Kuhn, a free agent, will turn 33 on Sept. 9 and it appears the team hasn’t shown a ton of interest in making a move to bring back the popular fullback.

Weisman, despite not being picked for the Scouting Combine, made his statement to be the No. 1 fullback in this year’s draft. Weisman turned in a jaw-dropping workout at Iowa’s pro day on Monday.

According to a source, who used words like “monster” and “freakish,” Weisman (6-0, 240) ran his 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds.
Of the 31 running backs who ran the 40 at the Combine, only 12 were faster than Weisman. Moreover ...

— Of the 25 backs to run the three-cone drill at the Combine, only four were faster than Weisman’s 6.88.
— Of the 32 backs who did the broad jump, only four jumped further than Weisman’s 10 feet, 3 inches.

— Of the 26 backs who performed the short shuttle, only nine were faster than Weisman’s 4.17.
— Of the 29 backs who did the vertical jump, only eight jumped higher than Weisman’s 36 inches.

More than just a workout warrior, Weisman’s career totals include 599 rushes for 2,602 yards and 32 touchdowns over just three seasons after transferring from Air Force. As a senior, he was a second-team Academic All-American by rushing for 812 yards. His 16 rushing touchdowns rank third-best in school history.

With his ball-carrying skills, intelligence and athleticism, Weisman appears to be a perfect fit for Green Bay’s offense — just in case the Packers are moving on from their popular fullback.

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