Nashville, Tenn. - The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of former Tennessee State University football safety Anthony Levine on Monday (5/3). He was one of three players who earned a contract with the Packers after a tryout at last weekend's rookie orientation minicamp.
Levine, who went undrafted, didn't receive a signing bonus but participated in the Packers rookie orientation on a tryout basis along with signees Shawn Gore (Bishop-Quebec) and nose tackle Aleric Mullins (North Carolina).
The signings were announced by Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.
"To me, for him to have to try out was a joke. I think someone should have drafted him," said TSU Football head coach Rod Reed. "Everyone saw his numbers. He had good stats, but I am truly thankful to Green Bay for giving him an opportunity."
A strong Pro Day workout boosted Levine's stock. After individual workouts leading up to the draft, Levine was graded as a late-round prospect. Weeks before, Levine's Pro Day workout on a rough grass surface compared favorably to the top safety results from the NFL scouting combine.
His three-cone drill (6.64 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.05) and 60-yard shuttle (10.97) would have ranked first for any safety that worked out at the combine. Levine's fastest time in the 40-yard dash was 4.43 seconds unofficially and he bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times. He also turned in a 35-inch vertical leap and a 9-6 broad jump.
Several NFL teams sent representatives to Nashville to watch Levine perform, including Green Bay Packers executive Reggie McKenzie. Also spotted on the TSU campus were representatives from the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Atlanta Falcons also displayed interest in Levine, too, with the Jets, Eagles and other teams requesting more film of Levine.
Levine was a four-year letterman at TSU appearing in 40 career games and is set to graduate this spring. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound player and Winston-Salem, N.C. native, compiled 129 tackles, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his collegiate career.
"Levine is a hard worker and has the ability to play corner. We needed him at safety for his knowledge of the defense and ability to put us in the right coverage and sometimes change the defense," Reed added. "He has great return skills, but I could not risk getting him hurt back there because of his value to our defense. He works very hard at his craft, often organizing 7-on-7 competitions with local colleges in the summer. He has fun with what he does and loves to play football."