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April

According to Hobbes: Packers Offseason Primer on the NFL Combine: Cornerbacks

Cornerbacks: Here’s the ninth of a series of articles, looking specifically at the NFL combine and the Packers’ drafting tendencies. (Read here for the rationale for this serieshere for quarterbackshere for running backs, here for wide receivershere for tight endshere for offensive tackleshere for offensive interior linemenhere for defensive ends, here for outside linebackers and here for inside linebackers).  This article will use the combine numbers from previous players drafted by GM Ted Thompson as a guide for what cornerbacks are likely to fit into the Packers’ scheme.

Again, this is merely an attempt to make a best guess based on statistics at which players the Packers might be interested in, game tape naturally trumps combine numbers, so take all of this with a grain of salt.  But I believe it will make for some interesting discussion.  Also listed below are also two cornerbacks in this year’s draft who I think fit the Packers scheme the best, based on their combine numbers.

Statistics of cornerbacks drafted by the Packers:

Name Height Weight 40-Yard 3-Cone Shuttle Vertical Broad Bench
Marviel Underwood 5’10” 205.00 4.45 7.12 4.22 38.00 118.00 19.00
Michael Hawkins 6’1” 180.00 4.41 6.79 4.20 34.00
Will Blackmon 6’0” 210.00 4.47 6.69 4.24 41.00 133.00
Patrick Lee 5’11” 194.00 4.41 7.07 4.30 31.00 120.00 15.00
Brandon Underwood 6’1” 192.00 4.54 16.00
Average 6’0″ 196.20 4.46 6.92 4.24 36.00 123.67 16.67
StDev 1.30 11.76 0.05 0.21 0.04 4.40 8.14 2.08


What the Packers are looking for: The NFL is a passing league now and it makes sense that cornerbacks are one of the most highly drafted players in the NFL, right after wide receivers; just as offenses are trotting out 5 wide receivers, defenses are following suit with multiple cornerbacks, with the nickel cornerback being a de facto starter these days.  With that being said Ted Thompson doesn’t have the best track record of picking cornerbacks in the draft.