Corners, corners, and more corners. Once again the NFL draft is top heavy with viable cornerbacks. Maybe more so than years past. The acquisition of Davon House eased a little tension for the Packers, however the boulder on this team’s shoulders is still in the secondary. The Packers will look corner at some point in this draft, but when that will be remains a heated debate. Assuming Ohio State corners Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley are off the board along with Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey, that still leaves a lot of first round talent to be had. The Packers sit in a precarious position at 29th where if the corner they want goes to Seattle (26) or Dallas (28) it could lead to a trade down. If all works out and corners do not fly off the board left and right here are some prospects the Packers should consider in the first.
Tre’Davious White, LSU
5’11” 192 pounds
White has experience on both the outside and in the slot. He plays a lot bigger than his size tells with only five missed tackles in 2016. His footwork is excellent and gave him recognition when holding his own against Amari Cooper. White will struggle against physical receivers who often catch him flat footed. He seems more comfortable when playing press coverage given his ability to change direction quickly. Quarterbacks only completed 41.7 percent of passes thrown toward White in 2016.
Kevin King, Washington
6’3″ 200 pounds
King would have been a prototypical pick for Seattle at 26th a few years ago, however the rumors about departing from Richard Sherman makes it appear they will not be interested. His length makes him an absolute nightmare for receivers playing on the outside. Great hands accompanied with impeccable instincts helped him allow zero touchdowns in 2016. It was the first time in King’s college career that he was healthy for an entire season. A cause for concern in some team’s minds. He does a good job getting low on tackles to stop the run and does not hesitate. His press coverage is his biggest strength as he surrendered just three catches on 17 go routes last season.
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
6’0″ 202 pounds
Awuzie is somewhat of first round sleeper, but his tenacity as a true football player are unmatched by any corner in the draft. He had seven sacks his final two seasons for Colorado making him a useful weapon in the slot. Making him a rather seamless transition from Micah Hyde. Awuzie finishes his tackle. He led the nation among cornerbacks with 41 in 2015. He has issues getting beat over the top and can get handsy in coverage. Despite having only three interceptions in college he is an incredible cover corner. Awuzie may not be a playmaker yet, but improving his ball skills would certainly do so.
___________________Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.