If you were wondering why the Green Bay Packers drafted Arizona State safety Damarious Randall in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft it’s because they plan to play him at corner.
And when you look at his measurables, it makes sense. He’s a shade under 5-11 but runs the forty in 4.46. And he is very good in coverage and according to ESPN’S Rob Demovsky, the Packers are planning to move him to corner.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 1, 2015
The report doesn’t indicate whether that means in the nickel or on the outside but it adds to a position of need. Even if he plays some safety, having three good safeties that can cover is never a bad thing.
Randall may not win a starting job next season but he will add to the competition at corner along with Casey Hayward and Micah Hyde and he will see time in sub packages either the nickel or dime. And he will play well on special teams right away.
Another positive about Randall is that he had over 100 tackles, nine passes defensed and three interceptions. So in other words, he makes plays. And in today’s NFL that’s what you need your defenders to do regardless of position.
So while the pick seemed strange at first, after a little clarification, it makes perfect sense. The Packers got good value and added a player ready to contribute right away and when it comes to the draft you can’t do better than that.