Green Bay Packers Draft Needs: Cornerback
In my first article I discussed possible draft picks for the Packers in what one could argue was its position of greatest need—offensive tackle.
This article is focused on the team's most glaring need on defense— corner-back.
The Packers successfully switched to a 3-4 defense last year and had the defensive player of the year, Charles Woodson.
However, the secondary did not hold up well against elite quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisburger and Kurt Warner. It can be debated whether this was due to a lack of a pass rush or poor secondary performance, but either way the Packers need to address the corner-back situation.
Woodson is playing better than ever, but he will be 34 this year and has had a few minor but nagging injuries.
Al Harris will be 36 this year, and will probably not be ready for the start of the season after tearing his ACL in the middle of last season.
Tramon Williams played well and might be Harris' long-term replacement.
Beyond the players previously mentioned, there are a lot of question marks.
Pat Lee was a second-round pick two years ago, but his progress has been slowed by injuries.
Brandon Underwood was a sixth-round pick last year who hardly saw the field.
Will Blackmon is coming off a serious knee injury, Jarrett Bush's play has been inconsistent at best, and Josh Bell was picked up after being released by Denver.
The good news for the Packers is that this is a very deep draft class of corner-backs with a ton of talent available in the early-to-middle rounds. Who will the Packers choose?
Kyle Wilson (Boise State) - Ted Thompson likes corners who are taller than 5'10", which would eliminate Wilson, but he is probably the second best corner in the draft after Joe Haden. Also could contribute in the return game. He may be gone by the time the Packers pick at 23.
Devin McCourtey (Rutgers) - He has been rising on draft boards after a nice combine showing (4.34 40). He could also contribute in the return game.
Kareem Jackson (Alabama) - Very talented corner who declared for the draft after his junior year. He most likely he will be gone by the time the Packers pick in round two.
Patrick Robinson (Florida State) - Good speed, but needs to become more consistent at the next level.
Chris Cook (Virginia) - One of the taller CB's available in this years draft—Cook is athletic, and could end up playing safety in the NFL.
Dominique Franks (Oklahoma) - Left school after his junior year. Some scouts think he would have been better off getting another year of experience under his belt.
Brandon Ghee (Wake Forest) - A physical and aggressive corner, but he had zero interceptions last year.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (Indiana of Pennsylvania) - A small school standout who also excelled as a return man.
Perrish Cox (Oklahoma State) - A talented corner and kick returner, but character issues hurt his draft stock.
Amari Spivey (Iowa ) - Not the fastest corner in the draft, but he would be a steal if he is still available in round three.
Donovan Warren (Michigan ) - His draft stock has fallen because of bad 40 times at his pro day and at the combine. He would be a bargain in round four.
Javier Arenas (Alabama ) - A dynamic return man, but at 5'9" he fails the Ted Thompson height requirement.
Myron Lewis (Vanderbilt ) - A tall and athletic corner who was very productive in college.
So Packer fans—given all the needs the Packers have—who would you like to see Ted Thompson take?
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