Packers 2017 Draft: A case for each position in the first round
By Dan Dahlke
The case for cornerback in Round 1
Honestly, it’s easy to make the argument the Packers need to go cornerback in the first round.
We all watched how atrocious Green Bay’s secondary was last season with veteran Sam Shields out for the season and second-year players Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins struggling to stay on the field due to injury and inconsistent play in coverage. For many, it would be surprising if the Packers went any other direction in the first round.
With the depth of this year’s corner class, Green Bay should have plenty of options with the 29th pick to find a starting quality player at the position. Marshon Lattimore will most likely be gone early in the first round, and guys like Marlon Humphrey and Gareon Conley could be off the board as well by pick 29.
I’m really high on Quincy Wilson and would love it if he was available for the Packers to select at 29. He’s a tall, physical corner with good change of direction ability and ball skills.
However, Green Bay may prefer a player in the first round with better top-end speed, like Tre’Davious White or Kevin King. Even though King’s game remains raw, they may bet on his high athletic upside and rare measurables (6-3, 200, 4.43 speed).
Colorado’s Chidobe Awuzie is even getting first-round buzz now, and he could be an option for the Packers as well if they are looking for a playmaking nickel cornerback.