Packers cornerback depth is a concern entering 2021 season
The Green Bay Packers have an All-Pro at the top of the cornerback depth chart. But once you get beyond Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, and Eric Stokes, the depth on the outside is a concern.
This is highlighted by the fact the Packers moved on from a player they had high hopes for, 2018 second-round pick Josh Jackson.
FanSided’s Matt Lombardo reported today that the Packers had traded for cornerback Isaac Yiadom. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported later on that the Packers were sending Jackson the other way in the trade.
It’s a good move for the Packers simply because Jackson looked unlikely to make the 53-man roster after a disappointing start to the preseason. Getting a player back in return is good for the Packers, but it’s unlikely Yiadom will be a regular starter in Joe Barry’s defense.
Much like Jackson was likely going to get cut by the Packers, many believed Yiadom likely wouldn’t make the New York Giants’ roster, either. So it shouldn’t be considered a guarantee he’ll make Green Bay’s initial 53.
Who will be the Packers’ fourth outside cornerback?
Alexander, King, and Stokes make up the top three on the depth chart at cornerback. Chandon Sullivan remains the top choice in the slot and rookie Shemar Jean-Charles will likely be a backup in that position. Alexander and safety Darnell Savage can also play the “star” role in Barry’s defense.
But if the Packers are hit with an injury or two on the outside, who will be next up?
Kabion Ento would likely be the choice as things stand. He impressed in the preseason opener. Stanford Samuels and Ka’dar Hollman are also on the roster bubble.
There’s not a lot of NFL experience there. Stokes, too, has never played an NFL snap but will have a significant role on defense this year.
Green Bay has arguably the best cornerback in football and an excellent secondary. It’s hard to argue with the top three at CB being a solid trio. But depth is a real concern at this position, especially with Jackson failing to live up to expectations and now no longer being part of the roster.