Green Bay Packers 7-Round Mock Draft

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Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (16) defends a pass intended for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (15). Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Round 5: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska

The first thing that jumps out about Jean-Baptiste is his size. At 6-2, 220, he is perhaps the biggest cornerback in this year’s draft class. SJB is a converted wide receiver who was among the league leaders in both interceptions with four and pass breakups with 11 in 2013.

Jean-Baptiste shows great instincts and his size allows him to jam receivers at the line and make plays on the ball when it’s in the air. The knock on SJB, however, is that he’s not a very good tackler and isn’t as physical as he should be considering his size. He also lacks top-end speed at 4.56.

His size would indicate he could make a move to safety in the NFL, but it’s these shortcomings that make many wonder how well he’d hold up against the run and tackling in the open field.

Jean-Baptiste definitely has intriguing size, but he’s a project for whoever drafts him. If the Packers re-sign Sam Shields in the offseason then they could afford to draft a player like Jean-Baptiste and allow him to develop as a NFL defensive back behind the Packers starters.