The Green Bay Packers used their first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft to select cornerback Eric Stokes and they went corner again with the 178th overall selection. This time, they grabbed Shemar Jean-Charles out of Appalachian State with their second pick in the fifth round.
Green Bay’s cornerback room needs a major overhaul after they were one of the primary reasons the Packers bowed out in the NFC Championship for the second consecutive season. Both Kevin King and Chandon Sullivan were picked on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay has worked hard to find long-term solutions despite both players returning to prominent roles in 2021.
Standing at 5-foot-10 and 184 pounds, Jean-Charles is a no-nonsense type player. He will get into the body of opposing wide receivers and plays a physical brand of football. Of course, doing so at the college level is a completely different story than the NFL and we’ll see if his feistiness and physicality transfers to the next level.
The Green Bay Packers selected feisty cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles out of Appalachian St. in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
He’s also shown the ability to be a ball hawk, something this Packers’ defense needs a lot more of. He had 25 passes defensed and two interceptions in his last two years in college. He’ll need to figure out a way to transfer the same level of feistiness he shows in coverage to tackling–one of his biggest weaknesses. His size is also another concern he’ll have to overcome at the next level.
The Packers have seemingly added another player who could contribute on special teams right away and potentially carve out a role down the road. They still have three picks remaining–two in the sixth and one in the seventh–and we’ll see how they approach it. So far, they’ve added an offensive lineman and defensive lineman with their first two picks on Day 3.