Posted: 10:19 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Finch drawing interest from Packers 

By Ken Sugiura

 

Former Georgia Tech center Jay Finch is hoping his phone will be ringing draft weekend.

Former Georgia Tech center Jay Finch is hoping his phone will be ringing draft weekend.

Former Georgia Tech center Jay Finch’s pro day workout caught the attention of at least one NFL team. The Green Bay Packers have been in contact with Finch and his agent, according to agent Justin Bingman.

Bingman said that “in talking to Green Bay, it seems like they have heavy interest.”

The Packers do need depth at center. They lost their 2013 center, Evan Dietrich-Smith in free agency. The presumptive starter is J.C. Tretter, a fourth-round pick last year who did not play because of an ankle injury suffered during offseason training last summer. The Packers evidently could have afforded to keep Dietrich-Smith, which shows the confidence they are putting in Tretter.

A possible scenario is that Finch would get picked up as an undrafted free agent. Bingman said other teams have also inquired about Finch. For what it’s worth, the website nfldraftscout.com rates Finch as the No. 20 center prospect out of 51 with a rising stock indicator.

At Tech’s pro day in March, Finch ran the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds, which would have been the fastest time among centers at the draft combine and one of the fastest among offensive linemen. He also had good scores in the broad jump and vertical jump, demonstrating his explosiveness.

It could help Finch’s cause that he has some long snapping experience and played a little bit of guard at Tech. Versatility always is a plus.

The draft is May 8-10.

16 comments
Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

That video POAD posted is a complete embarrassment to the GT program

POAD2014
POAD2014

TECH 3

VPI 1


Way to go Jackets


SC 5

dWags 2

POAD2014
POAD2014

Way to go "In Your Face" Finch. A very nice guy and I hope his NFL dream comes true.

HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

 Good luck, Jay.   An excellent, intelligent play who should have above adequate NFL career.   Drafting him will make some team's evaluation process look smart.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Was Bill Curry the last Jacket to play center for the Packers?

forexbomb
forexbomb

GOOD LUCK Mr. Finch!  Live the dream .....  

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

I see on rumbleseat that Ty Griffin may be transferring.  Another QB bites the dust.  I hope Thomas and Byerly stay healthy.

RambleOn84
RambleOn84

Flag and ignore, friends, flag and ignore.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Buzz-Off  you missed the POINT because you are a DA.....Watch it again with open EYES and a non SEC heart. It is a Strange look at the college athlete that has NO REASON to be in college. You, as an SEC fan, would not find the satire in it.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@Yellerbug  


Little late on this one bug, it was announced late yesterday that Ty had asked for and been granted his release. He leaves in good academic standing, in good stead with his teammates/coaches and wants to have the opportunity to play with his brother. Good for him! 

JacketMan
JacketMan

@OldJacketFan @Yellerbug Comments on Ty were spot on. Interesting rumor is that the reason why his brother committed to Oregon is that they have agreed to take brothers on as a package; you might say they were "ty-d" together in a neat little bow.

Radar123
Radar123

@JacketMan @OldJacketFan @Yellerbug  

Our experiment with the brothers Poole as a package in basketball did not turn out so great. I'm still curious why the older Poole played so little when we were short players. That package also had the disadvantage of a high schooler thrown into ACC play after barely setting foot on campus working against it.