Morning Buzz: Packers need another cornerback
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s look at some potential targets for the Packers at the cornerback position.
While Brian Gutekunst most definitely will be looking for both in this year’s NFL draft, the new general manager will have to dip into free agency or maybe even the trade market at one of those positions if he’s as serious about improving immediately as he said he is at his introductory news conference last month.
And looking at the players who figure to be available, chances are better that Gutekunst can find help at cornerback, even if it’s short term, than pass rusher.
The Packers’ top two cornerbacks from last season are under contract: Kevin King, who flashed real potential as a rookie though he also carries a long-term risk because of a shoulder issue that sidelined him the final seven games and required surgery, and Damarious Randall, who rebounded from an early-season benching and banishment to the locker room during a game to have the best of his three seasons in the NFL.
But you need more than two cornerbacks to play good defense in today’s NFL. With defenses playing primarily nickel and dime personnel, plus attrition, teams really need three good cornerbacks, and four or even five cornerbacks who can hold up well against NFL competition. So Gutekunst should be looking to add several players at that position.
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