Many cornerbacks have come into training camps with the Green Bay Packers via the undrafted route, and many have made huge impressions through camps, drills, and the preseason skate to make the 53-man roster right out of the gate. And even with this offseason looking quite different than in years past, there is one name that looks to have a decent shot at continuing that pipeline.
Stanford Samuels III, the former Florida State Seminole defensive back, and Marc-Antoine Dequoy, the north-of-the-border speedster from the University of Montreal, are the best bets for GB to continue the track that the likes of Sam Shields, Chandon Sullivan, and others have paved the way for before them.
In his final year down at FSU, Samuels recorded 60 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 7 pass breakups, and 2 interceptions. Those numbers weren’t able to justify a selection by any team in the draft, but Samuels looks to be one of the better UDFAs to come out of this year’s draft.
Dequoy has taken a bit of an unconventional route, as he became only the second player in the history of his college to host a pro day, and even though playing in Canada could be seen as a slight to the type of potential that he brings to the table, Dequoy is exactly the type of long-shot player that can turn heads if given an opportunity in Green Bay.
His testing scores would have placed him in the top five in all categories if he would have been a part of the NFL Combine, but being an under-the-radar prospect comes with its bumps and hurdles, and not being a part of the combine fits the bill. A 4.35-second 40-yard dash, 6.65 three-cone, 37-inch vertical jump, and a 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump were what Dequoy produced in his pro day, showcasing his skills to a group of teams.
Looking to upgrade the height of their CB ranks seems to be the prerogative of the team, as both Samuels (6’1) and Dequoy (6’3) would be some of the tallest defensive backs on the team, with Dequoy being tied with Kevin King for being the tallest DB on the squad.
For the DB ranks, the likes of Jaire Alexander and King are penciled in as the top two options. A plethora of other options, like Sullivan, Josh Jackson, Kabian Ento, and Ka’dar Hollman, look to be next up for this team, and adding Samuels and/or Dequoy to that mix would be another step into getting this element of the defense to be solid across the board.
Samuels looks to probably have more of an inside track to making the team over Dequoy, simply due to his pedigree and his track record of playing against bigger opponents. While that is a very unfair thing to hold against Dequoy, in a shortened offseason where the time spent on the field will be severely cut down and even more important for players to take advantage of, Dequoy will most likely be operating behind the eight ball.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23