HOW STRONG IS THE NEED?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green Bay signed Mason Crosby to a five-year, $16.1 million contract in March. Enough said.
While the Packers have some depth at cornerback, Sam Shields and company could still use some help.