Early-round cornerback big board for Green Bay Packers in 2021 draft

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Zach Kruse
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The Green Bay Packers aren’t hard to figure out at cornerback. They don’t want short cornerbacks (usually). They don’t want slow cornerbacks. And they don’t want slow-footed cornerbacks (usually).

In 2018, Justis Mosqueda dug into the draft picks by Ted Thompson and found some clear thresholds for the Packers at cornerback. They want cornerbacks standing almost 5-11, they want a 40-yard dash time of 4.57 or faster, and they want a three-cone time of 6.83 or better.

Brian Gutekunst has mostly followed this formula. Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson and Ka’dar Hollman all fit.

For the sake of this exercise, we are going to expand the three-cone time to 6.9, which is still a terrific time at cornerback. And we’ll rank the cornerbacks in the table by Dane Brugler’s rank in his top-100 players.

Hits in 2021 draft class

Player

School

Height

40

3C

Rank

Patrick Surtain II

Ala

6020

4.41

N/A

10

Jaycee Horn

SC

6006

4.40

N/A

14

Greg Newsome II

NW

6000

4.38

6.9

18

Aaron Robinson

UCF

5114

4.38

6.9

61

Paulson Adebo

Stan

6010

4.44

6.69

76

Robert Rochell

Cen. Ark.

5116

4.39

6.84

96

Ambry Thomas

Michigan

5117

4.40

N/A

N/A

Benjamin St-Juste

Minnesota

6032

4.52

6.63

N/A

Marco Wilson

UF

5115

4.34

6.80

N/A

Keith Taylor

UW

6022

4.53

6.85

N/A

The Packers have occasionally strayed away from the three-cone requirements (see: Pat Lee, Quinten Rollins). Even Josh Jackson was at 6.86, so these just misses must still be considered. And it’s a big list, especially in that second-round range where the Packers have been fine with straying a little bit.

Just misses

Player

School

Height

40

3C

Rank

Eric Stokes

GA

6005

4.29

6.96

51

Kelvin Joseph

UK

5114

4.34

7.21

52

Tyson Campbell

GA

6010

4.36

7.15

55

Ifeatu Melifonwu

Syra

6024

4.48

7.01

57

Brandon Stephens

SMU

6001

4.44

6.99

N/A

Rodarius Williams

Ok. St

5116

4.52

6.95

N/A

Darren Hall

SDSU

5112

4.41

7.12

N/A

Misses

Too short: Elijah Molden

Too short, three-cone misses: Asante Samuel Jr., Thomas Graham Jr., Shakur Brown, Tre Brown, Shemar Jean-Charles

Too slow, three-cone misses: DJ Daniel, Olaijah Griffin, Bryan Mills, Camryn Bynum

No testing: Caleb Farley, Zech McPhearson, Shaun Wade

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