Here is an early look at 3 CBs in particular from the 2021 draft class that are good fits for the Green Bay Packers along with a few honorable mentions.
The Green Bay Packers have been operating a press-man coverage scheme since Mike Pettine arrived in 2018. Currently, Kevin King and Jaire Alexander occupy the two outside corner positions, with both players on their rookie contracts and King’s expiring after the 2020 season.
Given King’s up-and-down play coupled with the other key free agents that the Packers have in 2021, we may see King head elsewhere in free agency next offseason. Unfortunately, there isn’t much talent behind him, so finding a starting-caliber press corner should be on the radar.
Tramon Williams started at the slot corner position in 2019 but is still unsigned. Right now, undrafted second-year defensive back, Chandon Sullivan, is the likely replacement. Sullivan’s potential gives us reason for hope, but hope isn’t something to build a team around. Sullivan should get his shot this season, but right now I’m looking at slot corner as a need for the 2021 offseason.
The Green Bay Packers could be very thin at cornerback this time next year. It’s a position group that needs to be addressed. Talented press corners were drafted early in the 2020 Draft and that trend will continue. Patrick Surtain Jr. of Alabama and Shaun Wade of Ohio State will likely be drafted in the top half of the first round, but the 2021 Draft should provide a deep pool of cornerback prospects for the Packers to choose from.