Round 7 (248): CB Juston Burris, NC State
In the final round of the draft, the Packers are able to add more depth to a strength on the team. You can never have too many talented cornerbacks, and selecting another young prospect late on will help ensure there’s adequate depth following Casey Hayward’s departure in free agency.
Enter Juston Burris. Burris has good size for the position and plays with physicality. Initially, he would able to earn a roster spot due to his play on special teams. Long term, the Packers could develop him into a role player on defense. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein had some positive words about Burris:
"“Three-year starter who brings size and a competitive nature with him. Burris showed improvement as a cover corner this season and his ability to maintain feel and shadow receivers from press was evident. While he only logged three interceptions over his last three seasons, Burris consistently attacked throws and was just a hair away from about four more passes defensed.”"
Green Bay is loaded at cornerback with Sam Shields, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins. Adding another young talent to join the likes of Ladarius Gunter and Demetri Goodson would ensure the depth is strong.
Lombardi Ave’s own Dan Dahlke spoke with Burris last month. You can check out the interview here.