Paulus gets ready for his NFL shot

GregPaulus.jpgLast year, former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus made a stir when he worked out for the Green Bay Packers.

The news helped propel Paulus to Syracuse for one season of football.  Now, he’s ready to give the pro game a try.

Of course, the folks who run the Scouting Combine had a different viewpoint, not inviting him to an event at which many of the invited quarterbacks opted not to work out.

So Paulus will instead show scouts what he can do today, at a Pro Day workout.

You dream of these things,” Paulus told the Associated Press.  “To have this opportunity, I wanted to take
advantage of it.  In the back of my mind this
was definitely something I wanted.  Hopefully, we’re going to get some positive
feedback.  I’ll do the best I can.”

For his only season in college football, Paulus completed 193 of 285 passes for 2,025 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  He averaged 7.11 yards per attempt.

Applying the NFL passer rating formula to these numbers, that’s an 86.9.  That said, Paulus’ good-not-great showing translated to four wins, eight losses, and one benching.

A dozen or so teams are expected to attend the Syracuse Pro Day workout, and it remains to be seen whether any of them — or any other NFL team — ends up being interested in the college basketball player turned college football player turned hopeful pro football player.

24 responses to “Paulus gets ready for his NFL shot

  1. I never liked Paulus much as a BB player b/c he’s a Dukie and he whined a lot on the court. Also I tend to see Duke players as “college only” atheletes but I gotta give this kid, he’s seems to be a great athelete and very talented. Seems he could make at least a short career playing both sports if he really wanted to.
    I’ll actually be routing for him just for the fact.

  2. “Applying the NFL passer rating formula to these numbers, that’s an 86.9.”
    I get 82.9.

  3. Having little talent didn’t seem to be a barrier for T Jack with the Vikings, so who knows?

  4. What a bone head move out of high school. Gatorade high school player of the year at quarterback. Pretty much had his pick of power house college football teams to play for. but decides to play college basketball at Duke. Like he thought he had a chance at the NBA. Barring any injury playing in college, Paulus would have likely gone on to be an NFL player. But he never had any shot at the NBA. Just dumb.
    but to each his own.

  5. This could be a big inter-league battle: the NBA goes after short white dudes hard, but the NFL loves scrawny!
    …ah, Greg – Gary Bettman is on line 3.

  6. You’re kidding me right?
    He has as much chance of making the NFL as does Matt Grothe…

  7. I hope he spent the year in the weight room. With the “guns” on display in the attached photo he looks like one hit would break him like a dry twig.

  8. @ JimmySmith says:
    March 4, 2010 9:20 AM
    Having little talent didn’t seem to be a barrier for T Jack with the Vikings, so who knows?
    ================================
    Whatever dude! T. Jackson is a raw talent like Steve McNair and Doug Williams were!
    The guy play in the SWAC – where you have a bunch of raw talent, playing in a historically black college athletic conference!
    He is an investment player! To say that kid does not have talent, is like saying Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Rick Mirer and Heath Schuler were the truth!

  9. “and it remains to be seen whether any of them — or any other NFL team — ends up being interested in the college basketball player turned college football player turned hopeful pro football player.”
    I think there are many such players in the NFL. Maybe not QB’s, but given the 3 deep talent in the NFL why not give this kid a shot if he’s got upside. maybe not draft, but FA.

  10. i watched two Syracuse games this year, and he was awful both times. He has no shot at playing in the NFL.

  11. I can see the Patriots taking a 6th or 7th round chance on this kid. He went to Duke and played for Coach Shushefski so he is smart and disciplined. After all they did draft Matt Cassel after NO college FB game experience (starting anyway) and flipped him for a 2nd rounder when Brady got hurt. They have three 2nd round picks so they have the ability to take a chance on a late round pick. Stay tuned.

  12. Would’ve had a major chance to be a decent/solid NFL quarterback if he’d had 4 years of college development. Gatorade Player of the Year in football, Nationally I believe, his senior year of high school, yet he goes for hoops only. Looks pretty dumb in the rearview mirror.

  13. I loathe Dukies… but this clown might just have a chance. Made a big mistake playing bball during most of his college career rather than football though. Nonetheless, this is going to be interesting, and as much as I don’t ever want to cheer for a Dukies, this is going to be an exception.

  14. @winkel33:
    Give the kid a break, he was playing for Syracuse! (and unfortunately, not BB) The football program has been in total disarray over the last umpteen years, and Paulus was brought in as a one-year shot in the arm to help revive the program under new coach (and ex-Saints OC) Doug Marrone. I agree Paulus looked terrible at times, but look around him. O-line was struggling, and his only top-shelf receiver bailed mid-season. I thought he needed work on pocket awareness, but I think he was rattled most of the time because of protection and receiver issues. I agree with BKILBY13, Pats would love him as an experiment.

  15. I don’t know how this dreamer keeps getting pub. He looked small when compared to the rest of the scrawny Syracuse team. Can’t throw the ball down the field, can’t see over his line, telegraphs throws. He’s everything you wouldn’t want at a DIII school. No NFL team would even consider him.

  16. With the QBs available in the 2010 draft, I think he has a chance to be a 3rd string project qb for a team out there. Remember, it only takes one team to be interested. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up in Green Bay. He has ties to the organization via his father; that’s how he received the complimentary workout last year to begin with. They need a developmental qb and McCarthy is a respected QB-oriented coach. See up-and-coming Aaron Rodgers, and the straightened out version of Farve as well.
    For everyone ripping on the fact that he didn’t go for college football initially, simmer down. The kid had a chance to play for one of the greatest college BB coach’s of all time. I don’t believe that hurts his current resume at all either.

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