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Packers scouting college basketball prospect

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.

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  1. ShimSham says: Mar 14, 2010 7:52 PM

    Green Bay’s front office literally scouts every person that could qualify as an athlete in general.

  2. Jabroni says: Mar 14, 2010 7:54 PM

    the joke of the nfl is the packers front office

  3. GB3Pack4 says: Mar 14, 2010 7:55 PM

    I can’t be bothered about this – I’m still busy wondering why we just hired a WR of all things, when we have more urgent needs, let alone one who is only 6′ tall, when the current trend is to go for much taller ones -

  4. jamesz23 says: Mar 14, 2010 8:00 PM

    Interesting…..reading the article it sounds like Elliott Wolf is the 1 that’s really been keeping an eye on this guy. Ron Wolf’s son trying to make his big breakthrough?

  5. myasylum says: Mar 14, 2010 8:23 PM

    Just amazing….

  6. Onderin says: Mar 14, 2010 8:24 PM

    You would think if scouts are going to go after a basketball player, they’d go after someone with incredible measurables like Antonio Gates. Then you could work with him and mold him over time because it could be worth the wait. He’s described as too small for the NBA, but that’s the same knock he’ll have in the NFL too. He’s got a lot of work ahead of him to become a competent WR or CB (if he chooses to go).
    Plus he’s had some foot and shoulder injuries. Assuming speed and quickness will be his strength that foot better be 100%. This just seems like a project not worth pursuing.

  7. shadowGM says: Mar 14, 2010 8:25 PM

    Naah. They’re willing to spend minimum $ and a roster spot just to make their charity basketball games more fun for the fans, and to earn more revenue from that hokey crap.
    This is a hilarous offseason that just never ends for all fans of this team. If any of you have a brain in your skull when you hear these stories, you’re as offended as I am. This has turned into a pure mockery of football management.

  8. myasylum says: Mar 14, 2010 8:40 PM

    Yea… This is just pathetic. I wish people would wake up and realize the disaster this front office is.

  9. sunflower100 says: Mar 14, 2010 8:42 PM

    People you do realize that all football front offices scout these types of players? Apparently you don’t. Just because they inquire about someone doesn’t mean they will make the team.

  10. JJCheesehead says: Mar 14, 2010 8:46 PM

    im really thinking comments should be taken off this site sooner or later. you guys are clowns. i think there is a reason you are all sitting reading about this story instead of being the people in the story.

  11. Franchise says: Mar 14, 2010 9:02 PM

    CB, WR, kick returner?
    This is why the Packers wont be a force in the NFL, NFC, or division for a long time.
    Maybe they should worry about protecting their QB, or help their run D.

  12. myasylum says: Mar 14, 2010 9:07 PM

    o.k. JJCheesehead, and what exactly are you doing?

  13. ThaDonDotta says: Mar 14, 2010 9:25 PM

    Franchise, I know for a dumbass these things might slip your mind, but last season Green Bay had the number one run defense in the entire NFL.
    Check you facts next time fruit cake.

  14. jamesz23 says: Mar 14, 2010 9:27 PM

    Franchise last time I checked 11 wins last season and 30 wins over the past 3 years is pretty good in the NFL. How are they a joke? Aaron Rodgers, Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Greg Jennings – you could make a case these players are on the top 100 list entering next season for best players in the league.

  15. jamesz23 says: Mar 14, 2010 9:28 PM

    Franchise – Green Bay Packers #1 Run D in the NFL last year – wow your the most uneducated troll I have seen on here.

  16. ThaDonDotta says: Mar 14, 2010 9:31 PM

    NFL teams need what 80-85 players for training camp? Whats wrong with singing a guy like this and seeinf what he’s capabile of, if he shows some talent put him on your practice squad. You people act like he’s going to be our nickle back next year or something…. Ridiculous!

  17. Old_Style says: Mar 14, 2010 9:34 PM

    “CB, WR, kick returner?” = need, need, and…need.

  18. ThaDonDotta says: Mar 14, 2010 9:35 PM

    The Packers front office is so bad that other teams are hiring our staff to run their organisations.
    Seahawks hire Packers executive John Schneider to be their new G.M.
    You people really could use a little insight.

  19. last starfighter says: Mar 14, 2010 9:37 PM

    JJCheesehead says: March 14, 2010 8:46 PM
    im really thinking comments should be taken off this site sooner or later. you guys are clowns. i think there is a reason you are all sitting reading about this story instead of being the people in the story
    ————————————————————–
    Sorry JJ,
    no matter that the Packers are regarded by most football people as one of the best run organizations in the NFL as far as talent acquisition and its treatment of players go, there will always be jealous haters. I mean, they are pretty entertainingly moronic and transparent. They always get a good chuckle out of me. You might not be a packer fan but you just sound sad if you can’t admit they are loaded with talent.

  20. LambeauGold12 says: Mar 14, 2010 9:50 PM

    Franchise: Do you honestly have any idea what your talking about? Help on the goddamned run D? lol!
    Guys, you all need to chill, its just camp bodies. Everyone we scout or bring in for a visit isn’t going to stop us from drafting again at that position. You guys are ridiculous.

  21. GobiasINC_1 says: Mar 14, 2010 9:52 PM

    myasylum, I’m fairly certain 3/4 of the teams in the league would kill to have Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback. They would really like to have players like Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings, Nick Collins, Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews (just to name a few). All of these players were brought in by this front office.
    So when you make these absurd comments, please do a little research. If you don’t you will still look like an absolute fool. But are you just one of those bitter old fogies that are still bitter over the Favre thing? If so, get over it.

  22. Contra says: Mar 14, 2010 9:56 PM

    Wow, things must be getting desperate in Green Bay. This would piss of any fan whose team tried to pull this but delusional Packer fans probably see this as a genius move. What’s next? Scout a kicker from chapionshipm WAKA kickball teams? No wait, they already have someone who can throw and kick the ball in the name of Aaron Rodgers.

  23. Fan of Football says: Mar 14, 2010 10:02 PM

    This is the same idiot GM who brought in a guy from the Intense Football League for a workout.

  24. ThanksTed says: Mar 14, 2010 10:04 PM

    As long as it is Jarrett Bush’s roster spot that he is taking, he sounds like a good pick-up.

  25. flop 4 strahan says: Mar 14, 2010 10:05 PM

    Relax Pack fans…
    Queen fans criticizing GB is like the French ctiticizing the US. It’s just envy.
    Enjoy your well-aged cheese eating surrender monkey (and INT chuck’n) Pe Pe LeFavre.

  26. oneGIANTloss says: Mar 14, 2010 10:07 PM

    I played flag football with Tyrone when he was a senior in high school. He’s a ridiculously gifted athlete and an all around good kid who got caught up in some gang violence in Bristol, pa. He wasn’t involved in it but it surely hurt him.

  27. Favre2Harvin says: Mar 14, 2010 10:15 PM

    NEWS FLASH: Senior Packers scouts were spotted at the scene of the new made for TV movie “Barney meets the Power Rangers” It is not clear at this time if they are looking at Barney as a guard or for left tackle due to his massive frame.
    Of course, the scheduled pre-draft visit they have scheduled with the purple dinosaur could just be a smake screen for their real intent to bring in the pink ranger as an eventual replacement for Aaron Rogers.
    more to follow.
    p.s. please click the advertising links as many times as you like.

  28. Contra says: Mar 14, 2010 10:25 PM

    flop 4 strahan says:
    March 14, 2010 10:05 PM
    Relax Pack fans…
    Queen fans criticizing GB is like the French ctiticizing the US. It’s just envy.
    Enjoy your well-aged cheese eating surrender monkey (and INT chuck’n) Pe Pe LeFavre.
    —————–
    haha yea right. The packers are more like the comic relief of the NFC North. Relax, just keep making us laugh.

  29. 2Legit says: Mar 14, 2010 10:27 PM

    Lol…so the packers are interested in a rejected WNBA star?…seems about right since they signed a guy from the XFL. also notice how the packer fan base is trying to justify this? LMFAO then they wanna sit on here and blast all of the vikings moves. bwahahaha. YOU cannot make this up…this does not only show how dumb thepackers front office is, but how clue-less their fanbase is as well.

  30. LambeauGold12 says: Mar 14, 2010 10:29 PM

    Could someone please realize that everyone you talk to isn’t going to get signed!? And even then, not everyone that gets signed makes the goddamned roster. How can anyone be so uninformed?

  31. flop 4 strahan says: Mar 14, 2010 10:29 PM

    This is why the Packers wont be a force in the NFL, NFC, or division for a long time.
    Maybe they should worry about protecting their QB, or help their run D.
    ——————————-
    Actually, the Pack just signed the best NT and 2 best Tackles in free agency…
    Maybe you should worry about Peppers crushing your Precoius from the blind side after he smokes McCrappy.

  32. flop 4 strahan says: Mar 14, 2010 10:44 PM

    This is the same idiot GM who brought in a guy from the Intense Football League for a workout.
    ————————————————
    I hear TT once voted for a pro wrestler for governer too…Oh wait, never mind…nobody is THAT stupid!!

  33. flop 4 strahan says: Mar 14, 2010 10:47 PM

    NEWS FLASH: Senior Packers scouts were spotted at the scene of the new made for TV movie “Barney meets the Power Rangers” It is not clear at this time if they are looking at Barney as a guard or for left tackle due to his massive frame.
    ————————————–
    Unfortunately for the Queenies, Barney would actually be an improvement at LT.

  34. flop 4 strahan says: Mar 14, 2010 10:49 PM

    Wow, things must be getting desperate in Green Bay. This would piss of any fan whose team tried to pull this but delusional Packer fans probably see this as a genius move.
    ——————————–
    …or we could just tamper w/ another teams QB while he’s still under contract…

  35. flop 4 strahan says: Mar 14, 2010 10:52 PM

    Yea… This is just pathetic. I wish people would wake up and realize the disaster this front office is.
    —————————
    Pack fans are just jealous because we can’t have Brent Favre for a GM like the Queenies…
    …or a gnome for a head coach.

  36. GobiasINC_1 says: Mar 14, 2010 11:43 PM

    fan of football and Favre2Harvin, these are embarrassing comments. Now, I know you guys are Vikings fans, and with it comes a single-digit brain-cell count, but I think you guys could do better.
    Favre2Harvin, your post is ripe with spelling errors. And fan of football, you continue to prove that you know absolutely nothing about the game of professional football.
    I’m just glad your guardians let you near a computer for a few minutes a day. Now, do they wipe the drool from your mouths so it doesn’t ruin the keyboard you type so poorly on?

  37. MNFANSLUVWELFARE says: Mar 14, 2010 11:44 PM

    My check came yestarday from ramsey county, got my AP jersey. Welfare in Minnesota RULES! All my friends are on the system and we all got some nice Vikes stuff… we got an extra $600.00 because my Mom and aunt in the same house are to big to walk, like 460 pounds they have their Vikes gear special made in St Paul..

  38. WIScominGUY says: Mar 15, 2010 12:24 AM

    why the hell cant the packers scout another game changer to keep up with the jones’s to the west? picking so late in the draft i doubt we will get a big time player and i dont mind a stale fa plan in this class but whatever happened to trades with this team?

  39. WIScominGUY says: Mar 15, 2010 12:29 AM

    flop 4 strahan guy thats hi larious_well stated

  40. PossibleCabbage says: Mar 15, 2010 12:46 AM

    I wish that the average fan would understand what these pre-draft workouts are for. They are not for getting better acquainted with the guys you intend to draft. I’m not aware of a single player the Packers have worked out in a pre-draft workout like this that they have actually drafted.
    The point of these workouts is to fill in the gaps in your scouting report on a player that might be interesting, so that you can place him somewhere on your board. So, if you already have a good scouting department you have all the information you could ever want on major college football prospects as you’ve been scouting them for years by now. You’re allowed a certain number of these visits before the draft, so the best thing to do with them is to use them on guys from Canada, small school guys, or guys who played a completely different sport. Doesn’t mean you’re going to draft them, it just means you know where to put them on your board.
    Sure, the Packers could use an LT more than whatever this guy would play, but do you think they’d learn anything more from working any of them out than they would have from extensive college tape and in-person scouting, the college all-star games, the combine, and the various pro-days?

  41. 12=3*4 says: Mar 15, 2010 12:47 AM

    Wow, quite a collection of desperate Vike fans and raged-out Packer fans in here. Oh my god, you mean the front office signed an Arena league player to a league-minimum contract as a camp body and the scouts are watching tape of a baseketball prospect? This is clearly important news that is worth freaking out over.

  42. shaggytoodle says: Mar 15, 2010 12:59 AM

    TT likes to make people believe he is looking where he isn’t just ask Paulus

  43. benjua says: Mar 15, 2010 1:13 AM

    I know its easy to say it sounds stupid, but whats the worst case? they decide he doesn’t have it and never even comes in for camp. and to be a successful find (the kind that keeps GMs working) all he’d have to do is be a top 8 KR/PR and a dime CB. its not like they’re drafting jeremy bloom or anything.

  44. packerfanfornot4life says: Mar 15, 2010 7:36 AM

    I can’t be bothered about this – I’m still busy wondering why we just hired a WR of all things, when we have more urgent needs, let alone one who is only 6′ tall, when the current trend is to go for much taller ones -
    Return man dumbass

  45. chickenragnar says: Mar 15, 2010 8:39 AM

    flop 4 strahan says:
    March 14, 2010 10:29 PM
    This is why the Packers wont be a force in the NFL, NFC, or division for a long time.
    Maybe they should worry about protecting their QB, or help their run D.
    ——————————-
    Actually, the Pack just signed the best NT and 2 best Tackles in free agency…
    Maybe you should worry about Peppers crushing your Precoius from the blind side after he smokes McCrappy.
    ==================================
    2 best tackles? WTF? You been sipping grampa’s “cough medicine” again?
    You just rendered your post pointless on this website.
    I mean it. I can’t take anything you write seriously anymore.
    That tampering quote is priceless too.
    Careful, your true colors are showing……
    Whiny ass bitch.

  46. AtTheMurph says: Mar 15, 2010 8:46 AM

    NEWS FLASH: Senior Packers scouts were spotted at the scene of the new made for TV movie “Barney meets the Power Rangers” It is not clear at this time if they are looking at Barney as a guard or for left tackle due to his massive frame.
    Of course, the scheduled pre-draft visit they have scheduled with the purple dinosaur could just be a smake screen for their real intent to bring in the pink ranger as an eventual replacement for Aaron Rogers.
    more to follow……….
    UPDATE!!!!!!!
    The Vikings front office has been in negotiations with Tyrone Lewis’s mother to secure his playing rights as soon as his Packers career is over. More as details develop……..

  47. Supersuckers says: Mar 15, 2010 9:23 AM

    Chicken,
    What unrestricted tackles are better in this class of free agency?

  48. Pervy Harvin says: Mar 15, 2010 9:31 AM

    …just another reason why the Packers are the Bad News Bears of the NFL. A joke!!

  49. CsanBoySmith says: Mar 15, 2010 9:50 AM

    # Franchise says: March 14, 2010 9:02 PM
    CB, WR, kick returner?
    This is why the Packers wont be a force in the NFL, NFC, or division for a long time.
    Maybe they should worry about protecting their QB, or help their run D.
    ——————–
    They just resigned they’re second half MVP from last year Mark Tauscher (and an iffy Clifton) so I don’t know what everyone’s going all postal…Man, people wake up, they have a good young nucleus and will strengthen their D in the stacked draft coming up.

  50. Supersuckers says: Mar 15, 2010 10:09 AM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    March 15, 2010 9:31 AM
    …just another reason why the Packers are the Bad News Bears of the NFL. A joke!!
    ————
    Pervy!!!! My Whigga… do you not realize that every team scouts these types of athletes? Guess not. You see son…this is a bait article. Whiggas such as yourself cannot seem to “catch on” to that.

  51. jimicos says: Mar 15, 2010 10:16 AM

    GobiasINC_1 says:
    March 14, 2010 11:43 PM
    Favre2Harvin, your post is ripe with spelling errors.
    —————————
    Rife. The word is rife.
    But you’re right.

  52. Ambrose says: Mar 15, 2010 10:25 AM

    The kid is a stud athlete from what I can gather. Did you ever hear of a diamond-in-the-rough? How do you know if you don’t take a look? The kid has confidence to play pro basketball, but will give the NFL a try if he can’t make it? That sounds like confidence to me. We’ll see what happens but certainly nothing bad can come of trying him out.

  53. chickenragnar says: Mar 15, 2010 12:03 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    March 15, 2010 9:23 AM
    Chicken,
    What unrestricted tackles are better in this class of free agency?
    ================================
    Being the 2 best tackles in this class is like finishing 1st in a special olympics event, yeah, you are the best, but you are still retarded.
    Keep being a lemming “my gay son”.

  54. Supersuckers says: Mar 15, 2010 12:20 PM

    13-3 Homefield advantage 2010. “Print It”

  55. chickenragnar says: Mar 15, 2010 1:05 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    March 15, 2010 12:20 PM
    13-3 Homefield advantage 2010. “Print It
    ===============================
    Oh boy.
    Isn’t 11:20 a bit early to be hitting Jack?

  56. jimicos says: Mar 15, 2010 1:30 PM

    chickenragnar says:
    March 15, 2010 12:03 PM
    Being the 2 best tackles in this class is like finishing 1st in a special olympics event, yeah, you are the best, but you are still retarded.
    —————————
    Sounds like someone’s backtracking.

  57. Contra says: Mar 15, 2010 2:12 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    March 15, 2010 12:20 PM
    13-3 Homefield advantage 2010. “Print It”
    ————–
    HAHA, two of those losses came from the Vikings so no way you have home field advantage.

  58. Supersuckers says: Mar 15, 2010 2:13 PM

    chickenragnar says:
    March 15, 2010 1:05 PM
    Supersuckers says:
    March 15, 2010 12:20 PM
    13-3 Homefield advantage 2010. “Print It
    ===============================
    Oh boy.
    Isn’t 11:20 a bit early to be hitting Jack?
    ————
    Now I know nothing. But you can take this one to the bank.

  59. Ruvell100 says: Mar 15, 2010 2:14 PM

    Myasylum (aka ShadowGM aka Fag_of_Four) says
    “Yea… This is just pathetic. I wish people would wake up and realize the disaster this front office is.”
    ________________
    You need to answer a few questions.
    1. Which FA’s would you have paid big money for this year?
    2. What do you think Ted Thompson has done well?
    3. Is 11-5 and a first round exit okay if Brett Favre is the quarterback?
    4. What is the biggest accomplishment in the history of the country of Romania?

  60. chickenragnar says: Mar 15, 2010 3:01 PM

    jimicos says:
    March 15, 2010 1:30 PM
    chickenragnar says:
    March 15, 2010 12:03 PM
    Being the 2 best tackles in this class is like finishing 1st in a special olympics event, yeah, you are the best, but you are still retarded.
    —————————
    Sounds like someone’s backtracking.
    =================================
    No, not backtracking at all. I have already stated that TT suprised me.
    Not his usual M.O. that is for sure.
    I will say though, that having that many of thier own to deal with has left them with no chance to add any other players outside of the draft.
    If that was the gameplan all along, good for him.
    I was wrong.
    That being said, I do not think they repeat an 11-5 record. I see them sliding into the 3 hole behind the Vikes and Bears.

  61. TheBaySay says: Mar 15, 2010 4:06 PM

    Maybe all the Vike lovers and Thompson haters should wait until the Packers use a draft choice on the kid before they go ballistic. But no, why pass up a chance for a cheap shot? In the meantime, I remember a kid from some tiny Wisconsin town who walked on at the UW. Nobody paid attention to him until he won the University slam dunk tourney despite being 5’9″ or so. He ended up starting for the Badgers, but of course the feel-good story had to end there; no way he could make it in the NFL. I wonder whatever happened to Jim Leonhard?

  62. jimicos says: Mar 15, 2010 4:55 PM

    chickenragnar says:
    March 15, 2010 3:01 PM
    No, not backtracking at all. I have already stated that TT suprised me.
    ————————-
    It IS backtracking if you take issue with the “two best tackles” statement and then abandon ship on it.

  63. jimicos says: Mar 15, 2010 4:59 PM

    @TheBaySay:
    It helps if you mention it was the football team’s slam dunk contest… Not the basketball team’s slam dunk contest.
    Granted, it’s always impressive when a little guy goes up top like that. Maybe he would’ve won the basketball team’s contest too, ala Spud Webb/Nate Robinson.

  64. chickenragnar says: Mar 15, 2010 8:49 PM

    No it IS NOT backtracking turd.
    It’s a backhanded compliment.
    Id expect you to know the difference.
    I think you just take issue with everything I say.
    Do you have a crush on me or something?
    Sorry, i don’t swing that way, besides you don’t like my poop fetish shitterson, it would never work.

  65. jimicos says: Mar 15, 2010 11:19 PM

    No, it’s backtracking.

  66. Supersuckers says: Mar 16, 2010 10:49 AM

    Now Chicken, flop 4 four did say the “packers just signed the best two tackles in free agency” and your response was “2 best tackles? WTF? You been sipping grampa’s “cough medicine” again?
    You just rendered your post pointless on this website.”
    i would agree with double tapered on this one and call it a back track.

  67. chickenragnar says: Mar 16, 2010 11:25 AM

    Why wouldn’t you take the opposing view of mine?
    You always do. Sure as shit sticks to a blanket.
    Your point was unrestricted, was it not?
    There were better restricted Tackles out there, TT doesn’t operate that way though does he?
    Im not sold that they are the best tackles available.
    They are the best ones available to the Packers due to TT’s obtuse thinking.
    Feel better now? Jackass!

  68. Packers1623 says: Mar 23, 2010 2:59 PM

    Nobody here really understands the situation. I go to Niagara University where Tyrone Lewis goes now. I bet a lot of you don’t know he was offered scholarships to play at many schools, including The Ohio State University, which is obviously a highly recognized football school. He was an outstanding high school football player who just decided to play college basketball. The Packers aren’t looking for a new starting CB in Tyrone, they need someone who is athletic, works hard, and knows his way around the field, and that is Tyrone. So until people know all the facts you can’t bash the Packers or Tyrone.

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