Packers: 5 biggest 2021 draft needs based on season so far

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4. Cornerback

There’s no longer any doubt that Jaire Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Brian Gutekunst’s first draft pick with the Packers was a home run.

There are some questions over the depth at cornerback entering 2021, however.

Chandon Sullivan has played well in the slot, taking over Tramon Williams’ role from last year. Where there is some uncertainty is on the outside opposite Alexander.

Kevin King will become a free agent in the spring. He’s struggled to stay healthy this season, missing five games. When healthy he’s a solid starter, but unfortunately he’s missed a lot of time over the past four seasons. King hasn’t completed a full 16-game season in his career and has missed 23 games since entering the league in 2017.

If King isn’t re-signed, who will be the starter on the outside? Josh Jackson has been solid when filling in for King, but is he ready to become a full-time starter in this defense? Maybe Ka’dar Hollman will step up into a bigger role next year.

Given the importance of the cornerback position, it’s looking more and more likely this will be a position Gutekunst needs to address in the draft next spring. Not for the first time in recent memory, cornerback could be one of the team’s biggest offseason needs.