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Draft Scout Drew Nowak News
04/19/12 - In preparation for his shot at the NFL, Nowak has worked out at the Ashwaubenon-based House of Speed for the better part of three months. "I've always had a goal to play at the next level," Nowak said. "I knew my senior year I needed to be spectacular to get a shot and I put a lot of work in the offseason, a lot of film, a lot of weight lifting and I worked my butt off. Come the season, I performed well and played my best against the best teams, and that's what it comes down to - how do you play when you play the toughest teams?" Nowak thrived against the Broncos' stiffest competition. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles with a fumble recovery against 24th-ranked Illinois on Sept. 24 before ending his collegiate career with eight tackles against Purdue in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 27. He figures to be a late-round selection to priority free agent, but has received interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, who invited him in for a private workout last Thursday. The work isn't easy, but training has had its advantages. After going six months without seeing his parents at times while at Western Michigan, Nowak has enjoyed sleeping in his own bed and eating home-cooked meals. He's also had the chance to work out with Packers offensive linemen Bryan Bulaga and T.J. Lang, whom Nowak matched up against in his only start as a true freshman in 2008 when Lang was a senior at Eastern Michigan. - Weston Hodkiewicz, Green Bay Press Gazette
04/13/12 - After years of following the Packers off-the-field, however, the Western Michigan senior defensive lineman finally got his chance at working out for the hometown team on it during a pre-NFL Draft workout on Thursday. The De Pere High School alumnus is coming off a breakout senior year where he was honored as the Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year and a third-team Phil Steele All-American after registering 91 tackles with 20˝ tackles for loss and 8˝ sacks. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Nowak played every position on the defensive line during his four years with the Broncos, who regularly alternated between 3-4 and 3-5 defensive schemes. The Packers listed Nowak as a defensive end during their workout, but he's also been told he could also fit into a 4-3 role as defensive tackle at the next level. The Packers contacted him the previous Wednesday about the workout, which was conducted at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Don Hudson Center. “We did a lot of stuff, but it almost felt like home because I know a lot of guys who work for the Packers,” said Nowak, who was the No. 8 ranked college prospect out of Wisconsin by Scout.com after graduating from De Pere in 2008. “I played with (Packers Director of College Scouting) John Dorsey’s son, Bryant. (College Scouting Director) Danny Mock, I went to high school with his daughter, and (head trainer) Pepper Burruss, I went to school with his son, Shane, who was a year older than me. I knew who the people were, so it was pretty awesome, but I also felt pretty comfortable, so the nerves weren’t getting to me too bad.” - Wes Hodkiewicz, Green Bay Press-Gazette