Depth could become an issue at cornerback this offseason.
For a long time, the cornerback position was an area of need for the Green Bay Packers.
But after using high draft picks and additions made through free agency, the entire secondary has improved.
That said, there are still some questions at cornerback this spring, but let’s first look back at the 2019 season.
2019 season review
Overall, it was a good year for the Packers at cornerback.
Jaire Alexander made the second-year jump the Packers hoped for, leading the team with 17 pass defenses. That number tied for fourth-best in the NFL. Alexander also made two interceptions and forced a fumble.
Kevin King led the Packers with five interceptions, regularly making game-changing plays for the defense. He also had 15 pass defenses, a forced fumble and a sack. Overall, King wasn’t as consistent as Alexander, but he single-handedly swung the momentum the Packers’ way multiple times, or clinched victory with a crucial takeaway.
Just as important was King’s availability. He dealt with a couple of injuries throughout the season but was able to play on, missing just one game.
Tramon Williams was a consistent part of the secondary, playing in all 16 games and finishing with eight pass defenses, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Much of the preseason focus was on second-year Josh Jackson, but he only played on 10 percent of the defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Reference. Meanwhile, Chandon Sullivan was a surprise and made some key plays, finishing the season with six pass defenses, an interception and a forced fumble. He gives the Packers additional depth at cornerback.
What’s next in 2020?
Tramon Williams’ future is up in the air. He’s a free agent this offseason and turns 37 next month. One has to wonder whether his second run in Green Bay has come to an end. If so, the Packers will have some questions to answer at cornerback.
While Alexander and King give the defense a solid starting duo, depth would be a bigger issue without Williams. Can Sullivan take on a bigger role? Can the Packers rely on Jackson to step up in his third season? Both would likely be contributors, but adding more depth in free agency or the draft could also be necessary.
While not a major concern, improving the depth at cornerback would make sense, especially if Williams isn’t re-signed.