Good Bets – Damarious Randall (5-11, 196), Quinten Rollins (5-11, 195)
After horrific 2016 seasons, Randall and Rollins will have one more chance to prove that last year was a fluke and they are still the players that showed some promise as rookies in 2015.
The Packers let Casey Hayward walk in free agency feeling confident Randall would take the next step in his second season. However, the 24-year-old could not hold his own in coverage and was beaten repeatedly downfield. He was also hesitant in run support.
Randall did miss six games with groin and foot injuries, and even when he returned to the lineup later in the season, he didn’t seem to be the same player. The strengths of Randall’s game are his athleticism and nose for the ball. He’s recorded six interceptions in his two seasons in the NFL.
He should serve better as a nickel cornerback in the Packers scheme. With House and King holding down the perimeter, Randall can drop in zone or roam the middle of the field and use his instincts to make plays on the ball.
Similarly, Rollins also dealt with a groin injury last year, causing him to miss three games. He also suffered a neck injury in the playoffs.
Like Randall, Rollins also shows really good instincts and ball skills and is better suited at nickel. However, he’s more physical and a better tackler than Randall, making him a more effective player near the line of scrimmage.
So far in camp, Rollins has had the edge on Randall at the starting nickel spot. He lacks the speed and athleticism of Randall, but he may be a more reliable player.