Packers: Predicting which players make 53-man roster on defense

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Cornerback (6)

In: Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan, Shemar Jean-Charles, Kabion Ento

Out: Isaac Yiadom, Stanford Samuels, Ka’dar Hollman, Dominique Martin

There aren’t likely to be many surprises coming from this room.

Jaire Alexander is on the shortlist of best cornerbacks in football, Kevin King is a passable boundary corner, and Eric Stokes is a freak athlete who the Packers selected in the first round of the draft. Behind them, I expect both Chandon Sullivan and Shemar Jean-Charles to make the roster as slot corners.

By no means is it a given, but I would be shocked if Kabion Ento doesn’t make this football team. Ento is a converted receiver, but made the 53 out of camp last season. He’s a core special teams player, and has also shown some promise as an actual cornerback. He played well in the team’s first pre-season game, and has been rewarded with additional opportunities in practice. It’s clear that he’s moving up the depth chart and the Packers definitely like what they see.

The only variable I could see is a direct result of the Josh Jackson/Isaac Yiadom trade that just took place. Essentially neither player was going to make the team they were currently on, so the teams opted for fresh starts with players that haven’t yet lived up to expectations. I believe he’s going to get a real shot at making the team, but he’s going to have to make a quick impression – possibly on special teams to force the Packers into keeping seven corners.