Round 6 (213th pick): William Likely, CB, Maryland
This is a pick I don’t see happening. Granted, it’s tough to nitpick a guy for misfiring in the sixth round, especially when he’s trying to project what every NFL team will do with every pick of the draft.
While Likely has made plenty of plays at Maryland, especially near the line of scrimmage, the senior cornerback has only recorded one interception in his four years as a starter, which came in his freshman year.
If this isn’t a big enough red flag for teams, Likely also measures in at 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds.
My Take: I would be absolutely surprised if the Packers made this pick. Green Bay’s front office tends to have a 5-foot-10 minimum height requirement for their cornerbacks.
If anything, Green Bay would take a chance on a smaller school prospect with better measurables and upside.
Even if Likely puts up impressive workout numbers at the combine, it would be surprising if any team would draft a defensive back that is only 5-foot-7.
With cornerback such a clear need on the Packers roster, it’s also surprising Miller has Green Bay waiting until the sixth round to address the position. Even by taking Peppers in the first round and Likely here in the sixth, the Packers still wouldn’t have a valid boundary corner to feature on defense.