How Demetri Goodson Fits with the Green Bay Packers

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How Demetri Goodson Fits with the Green Bay Packers
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In one of the most interesting selections of the entire draft, Demetri Goodson ends up in Green Bay. A basketball player for three years at Gonzaga, he has NBA bloodlines with his father, and he has other family members who played in the NFL. After his sophomore season of high school, Goodson decided to drop football and focus on basketball, which later earned him a scholarship.

After three years, though, he left Gonzaga to play for the Baylor Bears in football. In his first year, he was a special teams player, but broke his ankle. In his second year, he was a starter, but broke his arm. In order to get one starting season in college, he had to file a medical request. In 2013, he did just that, earning Big 12 Honorable Mention honors after coming second in the conference, led by first-round pick Justin Gilbert, in pass deflections.

While cornerback isn't an immediate need, especially with Micah Hyde now likely back in the slot after the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix selection in the first round, it's coming up for a future need.

Tramon Williams, the projected starting cornerback opposite of Sam Shields, is slated to leave after this season. The third boundary cornerback is Davon House, who is also projected to hit the open market after the 2014 campaign.

While Casey Hayward did get some outside looks his rookie year, it was due to injury, and when he was healthy in 2013, he was in the slot. Hayward may be eased outside, which would open a spot for Goodson to play in the slot. If not, Goodson may be a project for the Packers to seek as a boundary option for the 2015 season.

Bleacher Report's Ian Wharton thought much higher of Goodson than a fringe seventh-round pick.

Overall

Goodson is a raw athlete at this point, but he’s also older than most incoming rookies, so his projection is difficult.

He needs major technique work, but he flashes the ability to be a big time cornerback, so if his medical reports are clean, he is worthy of an early Day 3 look.

Draft Projection: Fourth round

If there's one thing Ted Thompson knows, it's targeting corners that others may have passed on. Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, both of the Packers' starting cornerbacks, were undrafted free agents, though Tramon Williams had a cup of coffee elsewhere before coming to Green Bay. Micah Hyde, the impactful slot corner, was taken in Day 3 last year, like Goodson this year.

While many were questioning the name when the selection was made, it seems like those in the know of talented cornerbacks, including Ted Thompson, were shocked for another reason: that the rest of the NFL let Goodson slip.

Getting a projected fourth-round pick in the late sixth round just adds another feather to Ted Thompson's cap after this draft. Combining this pick with the Ha Ha Clinton-Dix selection, the secondary looks much improved for the future with just this draft's impact. Taking into account of the Carl Bradford and Khyri Thornton selections in this class makes the future for the overall defense much brighter.

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