Detroit Lions, NFC North Position Rankings: Cornerbacks
By Jack Ozark
2. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers have a team of home-grown talent, including a player that’s returning this season.
Their number one cornerback is Damarious Randall who may have played only 10 games last season, but made his presence felt. He managed to finish the year with three interceptions and nine pass deflections, all while guarding opposing number one receivers. If Randall can stay healthy this year the Packers shouldn’t be surprised if he continues to trend upwards.
The player that I believe will start is returning Packer Davon House. House spent the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars but is returning back to the Pack for 2017. He played every game over the last two seasons for the Jags, but after the additions they had last year, he wasn’t on the field nearly as much. I expect he returned to the Packers to compete as a starter and should have a great shot of being one.
That time as a starter may not last too long though. With their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft they grabbed Washington cornerback Kevin King. King has great cornerback size at 6’2 and should step in right away to help against big receivers in the red zone. A few years down the road, King might be a premier cornerback in the league.
The Packers also have great depth at the position due to the injuries they faced last season. Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter both played in plenty of games in 2016, so in a pinch, they can contribute.
If the Packers stay healthy, they have a young and dangerous core that could cause havoc for years to come.