Green Bay Packers Claim DB Micah Pellerin, Waive WR Marcus Rivers

Ian KenyonFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2012

New Packer CB/S Micah Pellerin breaking up a pass while at Hampton  Photo Credit: Rob Ostermaier/Hampton Daily Press
New Packer CB/S Micah Pellerin breaking up a pass while at Hampton Photo Credit: Rob Ostermaier/Hampton Daily Press

After reaching their roster limit of 90 players on Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers appeared to be done adding players to the roster.

However, after the Indianapolis Colts waived Micah Pellerin yesterday, the Packers decided to snatch him up, according to Bill Huber of The Packer Report.

I’d speculate that the decision to cut Rivers was largely due to the surplus of receivers the Packers currently have on their roster. With Donald Driver returning, the Packers are set with five solid receivers and still have a battle for a possible sixth receiver spot and for the practice squad between Tori Gurley, Diondre Borel, and Dale Moss.

Micah Pellerin is a great addition to a Packers squad that is still trying to figure out how to configure their defensive back rotation. Pellerin, an undrafted free agent, played cornerback at Hampton but has the size and athleticism to convert to safety, which is where the Packers currently have him listed.

Huber noted that the Colts decided to waive Pellerin to make room for Korey Lindsey on their 90-man roster.

Pellerin will likely likely compete in camp with Sean Richardson and Dion Turner for a spot on the practice squad. But don’t be surprised If Pellerin lands the job. He was hot name throughout most of the draft season as a small-school sleeper. M.D. Jennings has also been a hot name in the Packers hunt for a starting safety. Jennings, Richardson, Pellerin, and Turner should create a nice competition in training camp.


Photo Credit: ProFootballWeekly
Photo Credit: ProFootballWeekly

Scouting Report on Micah Pellerin via Sideline Scouting:

Micah Pellerin Hampton (HT: 6'0 3/8" - WT: 194)

Positives—Very athletic for his size and shows explosion on plays in front of him...Excels in coverage and can function in a man or zone scheme, is best and most comfortable in off man coverage...A technician in coverage, has a good understanding of the game, has a smooth backpedal and knows how to play low... Has three years of starting experience after transferring from Southern Mississippi.

Negatives—Is behind the learning curve and will need to find a team that will help him develop his game...Had issues with false steps in coverage, which gets him in trouble... His overall footwork needs improvement, especially in press coverage, gets off balance when he tries to punch at the line...Needs to improve getting off blocks, overall strength is below average; allows receivers to out-muscle him on running plays, needs to be more physical.