NFL Draft: Packers Get a Cornerback in the First Round? How About Next Year...

Matt Wells@@matt_wells16Correspondent IApril 15, 2010

Let me start off by saying that the Packers have a definite problem in the secondary. It was the biggest reason for their last two losses of the season. It needs help and it needs to be addressed. The Packers will most likely take at least one cornerback and at least one safety in the upcoming draft on April 22.

The cornerback class is deep. After Joe Haden, the top corners in the class are all expected to go starting at the 17th pick (Atlanta, Houston, and Pittsburgh all could use cornerback help).

These corners include

  1. Kyle Wilson—The Boise State standout is considered by many the consensus second-best corner in the draft.
  2. Devin McCourty—This Rutgers star has the skills to play fluid man-to-man or zone coverage in any scheme.
  3. Kareem Jackson—Playing across from playmaker Javier Arenas at Alabama, Jackson didn't get much national attention, but is easily the better pro prospect.
  4. Patrick Robinson—The burner from Florida State has amazing top-end speed, and with some coaching could be a star at the next level.

All of these players could be considered legitimate options at the No. 23 overall pick. Robinson might be a reach there, and is probably a better early-second round prospect, but could sneak into the first round based on potential.

But would any of them really be the right pick? Knowing Ted Thompson, probably not.

The first three on that list—Wilson, McCourty, and Jackson—all have one fatal flaw that all but eliminates each one of them from being the possible pick. None of them meet the 5'11" requirement Ted Thompson wants. McCourty and Jackson are close, and rounded up they'll say 5'11" on their scouting report, but official NFL Combine records put McCourty at 5'10" 3/4, and Jackson at 5'10". Wilson also measured at 5'10".

Robinson, like I said earlier, might be a stretch in the first, and his style doesn't exactly fit the Packers 3-4 system. He's much better suited for man-to-man coverage, while the Packers played a lot of zone this year.

Which brings me to the kicker. If you thought this cornerback class was deep, wait until you get a look at next year's...

  1. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska, 6'1", 200
  2. Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech, 5'11", 186
  3. Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, 6'2", 200
  4. Patrick Peterson, LSU, 6'1", 211
  5. Aaron Williams, Texas, 6'1", 190
  6. Brandon Harris, Miami, 5'11" 185
  7. Javes Lewis, Oregon, 6'1", 188
  8. Curtis Brown, Texas, 6'0", 180

All of these players could be first round picks. The last five are all sophmores, so they may or may not enter the draft based on how next season goes.

Walterfootball.com projected Peterson to go fourth overall in next years draft, with Brown going 20th, Dowling going 23rd, Harris going 24th, and Amukamara going 26th (to the Packers).

Charles Woodson is still playing well. The Packers get three cornerbacks back from injury to start the season. Tramon Williams has become a solid starting-caliber cornerback.

The Packers can afford to wait.

The grass is indeed greener on the other side.


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