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Ball moves slow in 40-yard dash while Packers consider WR moves

CREATED Feb 25, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS - A former Badgers running back and Heisman Trophy candidate clocked in with a very slow 40-yard dash time during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Montee Ball ran that distance in 4.66 seconds. 

The Journal Sentinel says that the slowest time run by any of the last six Packers' draft picks at running back was 4.52.

Meanwhile, the Packers may consider another skill position player to be a potential first round draft pick.

Bleacher Report's Matt Stein says that Cal Golden Bears WR Keenan Allen should be that pick.

The Packers have needs at receiver after the expected departure of Greg Jennings and the retirement of Donald Driver, but there are also glaring needs at defensive line, secondary, running back and offensive line.

Another reason for not going after Stein could be the reported possibility that the Packers could franchise-tag Greg Jennings, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.



That move, which has been under speculation for some time, would possibly allow the Packers to keep the game's deepest receiving corps of Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley together for 2013 and maybe longer.

But at what cost?

With the impending attempts to re-sign Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews - and the fact that Rodgers could be the highest-paid player in NFL history when he inks a new deal - will there be salary cap room for those two superstars, Jennings and the defensive help the team needs to find?

Stay tued.