Green Bay Packers: Damarious Randall film study
By Dan Dahlke
Nov 22, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Damarious Randall (3) looks on during the game against the Washington State Cougars at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian -USA TODAY Sports
The Green Bay Packers offseason is coming to a close and they’ve added a new class of talent to their roster through the NFL Draft.
As minicamp approaches, it’s time to take a close look at what the Packers 2015 rookie class could contribute to their team this season.
This is the first installment in a series where I discuss what each rookie brings to the table, by taking a look at their film and breaking down their game.
Today, we’ll take a look at the film of the Packers first-round pick Damarious Randall.
Randall is a versatile defensive back from Arizona State, who primarily played safety in college, but will look to transition to cornerback in the Packers defense.
His athleticism, ball skills, and tremendous ability in coverage make him a natural fit at corner. However, the Packers will also want to see if other parts of his game will make this switch successful.
As a former safety, many believe Randall’s best fit in the Packers scheme is at nickel corner, where he’ll line up over the slot and have to also make his presence known in run support.
Let’s take a look at clips from four of Randall’s games in college – Stanford, USC, Notre Dame, and Oregon State – and discuss how well he’d fit at nickel corner in the Packers defense.
I broke down the following analysis into five areas: his ability to make plays, his ability in coverage, his play near the line of scrimmage, his ability as a tackler, and his ability on special teams.