Packers meet virtually with Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr.

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The Green Bay Packers, a team with an obvious need at cornerback, have met with one of the most heralded players at the position in the 2021 NFL draft.

According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the Packers are one of six teams to recently meet virtually with Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr.

The Packers will likely lose starting cornerback Kevin King in free agency next month, ensuring the position is a top draft need for general manager Brian Gutekunst.

Samuel is the son of former Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel, who played 11 seasons in the NFL with three teams, including the New England Patriots.

Over eight games in 2020, Samuel produced six pass breakups, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He finished his collegiate career with six interceptions and 29 pass breakups, including an ACC-high 14 in 2019.

Pro Football Focus currently ranks Samuel as the site’s 29th best prospect overall and fourth best cornerback in the 2021 draft.

From his draft profile at The Draft Network: “Samuel Jr. has the potential to start at the next level for a defense that plays a lot of man coverage and is willing to move him around to maximize his strengths.”

The Packers could see Samuel as a potential starter opposite All-Pro Jaire Alexander and a replacement for King, who is a free agent. Samuel also has experience playing in the slot, where the Packers also have a long-term need on defense.

The Packers hold the 29th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

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