Packers 2021 offseason position review: Cornerbacks

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The Green Bay Packers entered the 2020 season with high hopes at the cornerback position.

Jaire Alexander looked to be an ascending star on the cusp of becoming a great NFL corner. Kevin King had led the team in interceptions the season prior. Chandon Sullivan played well in a limited role in 2019 and looked ready to replace Tramon Williams in the slot.

For the most part, the Packers’ secondary played well and met expectations, but there is some real uncertainty entering the offseason.

2020 season review

No corner for the Packers entered 2020 with higher expectations than Alexander. Not only did he meet them, he exceeded them.

Star wide receivers faced a nightmare matchup with Alexander each week. According to Pro Football Reference, Alexander allowed completions on little over half of passes thrown his way, while quarterbacks enjoyed a passer rating of just 67.4 in his coverage.

He was targeted 80 times, a career-low, while finishing the season with 13 pass defenses, an interception, and a sack. He also intercepted Tom Brady twice in the NFC title game.

Alexander was named a second-team All-Pro and was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded cornerback.

Unfortunately, King took a step back this past season. After intercepting five passes in 2019, he had zero picks this year. According to Pro Football Reference, he allowed a 96.2 passer rating in his coverage. King also battled injuries, missing a total of five games.

What’s next in 2021?

King will hit free agency next month and, after a disappointing year, it’s hard to see the Packers bringing him back given their salary cap limitations.

That leaves some uncertainty at cornerback. The Packers have one of the best corners in football but depth behind him is thin.

Cornerback is a premium position and should be the team’s top priority in the offseason. Free agency. The draft. Even a trade. Whatever it takes.

The Packers doubled-down in 2018 by drafting Alexander and Josh Jackson while also signing Tramon Williams. They may need to take a similar approach this year.

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