HOW STRONG IS THE NEED?

Packer Plus - - Nfl Draft: Spotlight On Cornerbacks -

Each week lead­ing up the NFL draft, Rob Reischel pro­vides a snap­shot of the Pack­ers’ needs by po­si­tion on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 be­ing the great­est need. This week, Reischel takes a look at the cor­ner­backs, safeties, pun­ters and kick­ers.

COR­NER­BACK (5)

The Pack­ers re­main stocked with vet­eran Sam Shields and sec­ond-year men Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall and Quin­ten Rollins.

The Pack­ers could use one more cor­ner to aid this group, though.

Florida State’s Jalen Ram­sey is widely con­sid­ered a top-five pick and will be long gone. Florida’s Ver­non Har­g­reaves III and Clem­son’s Mack­en­sie Alexan­der will al­most cer­tainly be gone as well.

If the Pack­ers went for a cor­ner­back in Round 1, Ohio State’s Eli Ap­ple, Hous­ton’s Wil­liam Jackson and Vir­ginia Tech’s Ken­dall Fuller could have some ap­peal.

PUNTER (3)

Tim Masthay had a solid sea­son, but he con­tin­ues to strug­gle with hang time and inconsistency. If Green Bay wants to add com­pe­ti­tion, though, it would likely sign a punter af­ter the draft.

SAFETY (2)

Green Bay’s Mor­gan Bur­nett and Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix have emerged as a dy­namic duo. Vet­eran Micah Hyde is a qual­ity re­serve, leav­ing Thomp­son lit­tle need to draft a safety.

KICKER (1)

Green Bay signed Ma­son Crosby to a five-year, $16.1 mil­lion con­tract in March. Enough said.

MARK HOFF­MAN / MHOFFMAN@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

While the Pack­ers have some depth at cor­ner­back, Sam Shields and com­pany could still use some help.

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