Packers draft Javon Bullard in Round 2: Instant grade and analysis

Javon Bullard
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Death, taxes, and the Green Bay Packers drafting Georgia Bulldogs on defense.

At No. 58 in the second round, Green Bay landed safety Javon Bullard. He joins Eric Stokes, Quay Walker, and Devonte Wyatt as key starters in the Packers' defense to come from Georgia.

Even after signing Xavier McKinney, the Packers still had a glaring void at the safety position. Bullard helps fix that, and he has the versatility to play in multiple positions across the secondary, which is exactly what they were looking for.

With Bullard and Edgerrin Cooper, Green Bay has made two big-time moves on defense in Round 2.

Packers Draft Grades: Javon Bullard checks off another big need in secondary

Grade: A

Bullard can do a bit of everything in the Packers' defense. Green Bay can use him to play alongside Xavier McKinney at safety or play as a nickel corner. With his coverage and tackling ability, Bullard is an excellent addition to Jeff Hafley's defense.

Earlier this week, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke about the need for defensive backs who can be "interchangeable" and move around the secondary.

"Those guys, I'd love to be interchangeable. I'd like them to be able to do everything," said Gutekunst. "That's really tough on an offense when those guys can move down inside, they can play the post, they can go in the nickel and cover. When you have two guys who can do everything, it will allow Jeff [Hafley] to be much more efficient."

Bullard checks that box in a big way. Per PFF, last season, he played 362 snaps deep, 80 in the box, and 144 in the slot. The roles were reversed in 2022, with Bullard playing 510 snaps in the slot and only 12 deep.

Translation: He can play everywhere.

In his final two seasons at Georgia, Bullard broke up eight passes and intercepted four. The Packers need more game-changing plays from the secondary, and his arrival will help.

The Packers love drafting Georgia Bulldogs, and they've landed another future star.