The folks in the Green Bay Packers’ front office are keeping a close eye on college basketball. And not just because they’re filling out their brackets for the office pool.
The Packers are also watching college basketball because they’re scouting a player, Tyrone Lewis of Niagara University, who they think may have a promising NFL career.
Lewis is a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder described as a great college player who’s too small for the NBA. He told the Niagara Gazette that he’d love to prove the people who think he’s too small for the NBA wrong, but that if he can’t, he’s got a pre-draft workout lined up with the Packers.
“Basketball is still the first option, but now that I have another opportunity, I’m going to go after it, and I’m going to train hard for both,” Lewis said. “I’m excited, but I’m not going to get too excited until after the workout.”
In high school Lewis was a cornerback, wide receiver and kick returner.
Brian Carriveau of the Journal Sentinel notes that last year the Packers were interested in former Duke basketball player Greg Paulus, who ultimately transferred to Syracuse and played quarterback in 2009. Looking into Paulus didn’t go anywhere for the Packers, but they’re not done scouting basketball players.