Damarious Randall’s selection with the Packers’ first round pick last year raised some eyebrows. There was no denying he was a talented prospect, but Randall was listed as a free safety and the Packers passed up cornerbacks like Jalen Collins and safety Landon Collins. Yet as it turned out, Randall’s future was at cornerback and his rookie season was far more impressive than Collins’ in Atlanta.
It wasn’t long before the rookie replaced Casey Hayward as the starter on the outside, allowing Hayward to move back to his best position in the slot. Randall made a number of huge plays opposite Sam Shields, perhaps none bigger than his goal line pass defense to shut the Chargers out the end zone and seal the victory. His near pick-six on Cam Newton turned the tide in Green Bay’s favor, but the offense couldn’t take advantage.
Randall finished the season with a team-high four interceptions, taking one back for a touchdown against Oakland. It was as good of a rookie season as the Packers could have hoped for, and he ended his rookie campaign with a lot to be excited about. It’s going to be fun to see Randall develop.
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