Ted Thompson’s first highlight move of free agency was to re-sign whom many said was the most important piece for the Packers to make a deal with: Sam Shields. The deal came just days after reports came out that said the Packers would allow Shields to test free agency. That didn’t happen, a deal got done, and now the Packers have their best cover corner locked down for the next three years.
While the secondary a year ago caught much of the blame for the defensive woes, it didn’t lie on the cornerback’s shoulders. Tramon Williams, who many said would be cut at the end of the season, or traded, showed why in 2010 he was considered one of the best cornerbacks in the game en route to a Green Bay Super Bowl. The aforementioned Sam Shields established himself as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the game, and despite his size, he can go up against the Calvin Johnsons of the league with confidence. Other cornerbacks saw sideline time due to injuries, but those injuries were not the problem. Safety play plagued this team a year ago.
Not one interception was recorded by a Green Bay safety last season, allowing quarterbacks to thrown with confidence over the middle of the field and deep on the Packer defense.
So, Green Bay will likely spend its first round pick or second round pick in May’s NFL Draft on a safety rather than a cornerback and be ok with waiting until the middle rounds to add one. But, with that said, we at cover32 put together a list of the top 10 cornerbacks in this years draft. The list is here, so go check it out and let me know if you agree with my diagnosis of the Packer’s cornerback situation by commenting below.