Two former Gophers players sign with Packers as undrafted free agents

by Andrew Krammer

Despite not having a player drafted in seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Gophers had two former players sign as undrafted free agents.


Former Gophers tight end Eric Lair and running back Duane Bennett have both signed with the Green Bay Packers.


Bennett started all 12 games at running back last season for the Gophers, finishing his career with 2,126 rushing yards — enough for 13th all-time in Minnesota history.


Lair played in all 12 games, starting three times, and hauled in 11 receptions for 168 yards and a touchdown. Lair impressed scouts at Minnesota's Pro Day after clocking a 4.50-second 40-yard dash. The top 40-yard dash time for a tight end at this year's NFL Combine was 4.49.


Former wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight and safety Kim Royston are scheduled to try out with the Minnesota Vikings, along with defensive linemen Brandon Kirskey and Anthony Jacobs.