Green Bay Packers: What we’ve seen from the 2015 Draft Class

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This week starts a very special week as the NFL will start with preseason action and Packer fans will be able to get a first look at the 2015 Green Bay Packers. While the Packers return 20 starters with 11 on offense, some of the players who will be under heavy watch will be the rookies. The Packers made eight picks in last years draft so today we wanted to look into how each individual prospect has looked so far in the eyes of teammates, media, and coaches. We also want to note that although the Packers do have multiple players on their team that they’ve signed as free agents after going un-drafted this season, we wanted to specifically look into the draft picks and what they have shown.

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Damarious Randall – CB 1st Round #30 overall
Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall (23) practice during training camp. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Damarious Randall played free safety at Arizona State but almost every team saw him as a cornerback, especially the Packers. Randall looks to be above everybodies expectations right now which is highlighted by adapting to the cornerback position. He has intercepted Aaron Rodgers in training camp thus far but has been beat by guys like Jordy Nelson throughout camp which can be expected. Its normal for any cornerback to go through some growing pains making the jump from college to the NFL, especially if Randall played safety in college. His biggest adjustment will come from reacting to the receiver rather than reacting to the quarterback. Randall looks to be on his way to being a big part of this defense long-term and developing this season will be the main focus as experience for young defensive backs is so valuable.

Randall’s comments from training camp

"“You’ve just got to have short-term (memory),” Randall said. “Whether or not it’s an interception, or whether or not it’s giving up a play, just going on to the next play. Because every play is a different play. Every play, you’ve just got to try to compete.”"

Quinten Rollins – CB 2nd Round #62 overall
Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins (24) works out during Rookie Orientation Camp and Organized Team Activities at the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Many questions sparked from this pick as Rollins had very limited experience coming out of college. Rollins played only one season of college football at Miami(Oh) so the amount of potential he has is limitless. Playing corner back along with Randall, Rollins was able to get on the field last Monday for the first time due to hamstring soreness. He will continue to learn on the field and his athletic ability is what is his most intriguing attribute. Don’t be surprised to see him contribute to the nickel formation this season, as well as providing some much needed depth at the cornerback position.