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Could Hubbard be next gem at outside linebacker?

May 12, 2014 -- 7:42pm
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Former Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard might be the next undrafted outside linebacker to make the Packers roster.

GREEN BAY – Frank Zombo. Vic So’oto. Dezman Moses. Andy Mulumba.

Could Alabama’s Adrian Hubbard be next in line?

Each of the past four seasons, an undrafted rookie free agent outside linebacker has made the Green Bay Packers’ 53-man roster coming out of training camp. Hubbard was a two-year starter for the Crimson Tide and declared for the draft after his junior season, but by Saturday evening, he hadn’t heard his name called. Of the 98 underclassmen who declared for the draft, 36 – including Hubbard – went undrafted. Hubbard had 33 tackles and three sacks last season playing the Sam linebacker spot for the Crimson Tide.

But Hubbard will have a chance to make the Packers’ roster, as he was one of 12 undrafted rookies who signed with the team Monday, when players arrived at Lambeau Field for their rookie orientation week.

Also signed by the Packers Monday:

Jake Doughty, LB, Utah State
Jay Elliott, LB, Toledo
Carlos Gray, DE, North Carolina State
Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
Jordan McCray, G, Central Florida
Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee
Mike Pennel, DT, Colorado State-Pueblo
Justin Perillo, TE, Maine
LaDarius Perkins, RB, Mississippi State
Chase Rettig, QB, Boston College
Joe Thomas, LB, South Carolina State
Ryan White, CB, Auburn

Four other players who were thought to be signing with the Packers – Kansas running back James Sims, Washington State offensive lineman John Fullington, Mississippi State defensive end/outside linebacker Denico Autry and Iowa safety Tanner Miller – were not on the list of players sent out by the club Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the 6-foot-6, 257-pound Hubbard attended the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, where he ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 38 1/2 inches. But Hubbard told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn that he thought the reason he went undrafted was that doctors at the combine detected a heart abnormality during tests. The Packers must have passed him on his physical, though, since he wouldn’t have been able to sign with them without full medical clearance.

The Packers drafted Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round last year and Crimson Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round on Thursday.

The signings bring the Packers’ roster to 86 players, meaning they have four openings left. Those four spots could be filled by players who’ll participate in this weekend’s rookie orientation camp on a tryout basis. 

The Packers also released linebacker Chase Thomas.

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