Early Round 1: Andreaz “Greedy” Williams, LSU
Greedy Williams is the pick here if the Packers feel as if Josh Jackson won’t be able to take a second-year jump, if they feel as if Kevin King can’t stay healthy, or if they feel as if the flashes of brilliance from Tony Brown were only flashes.
In that case, at pick 12, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams becomes an option.
At a height of 6-foot-1 and a wingspan of 74.5 inches, Williams has the right physical traits you look for in a cornerback. He’s solid in coverage, he’s good in man coverage, and he does a good job of diagnosing routes. You would have to give up a shot to pick up a player like Ed Oliver or Jawaan Taylor, but Greedy would be a starter from day one, and with him and Jaire Alexander on the field, you could free yourself of worry in the secondary for years to come.
Yet following this path isn’t all smooth. Greedy’s plummeting stock has dropped his projection out of the top-10 and into the end of the first round. The reason that so many are hesitant on projecting Greedy Williams into the first round is because of his poor tackling ability and concerns about his footwork. He’s relied on his instincts and football IQ to get him a great stat sheet, but it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to replicate that in the NFL.
Everything considered, it comes down to how Green Bay assesses the need at cornerback. If Gutekenst feels that the need at cornerback is dire enough, the Packers might have to stretch out their hand and reach a little bit for a cornerback who is projected to be picked in 20s.