The Green Bay Packers have added cornerback Davon House, who played with the franchise before and gained some success, and the hope is that the 27-year-old professional American football player adds a veteran presence to a defensive backfield that experienced some growing agony throughout the NFL season.
The Packers still have faith in former first- and second-rounder draft selections cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, and Ladarius Gunter did some good things prior to struggles at the end of the most recent season. Even though it failed the Green Bay in the biggest moment last season, there is an enough optimism for the secondary unit moving forward.
There is also a deep cornerback batch coming off 2017 NFL Draft. The Green Bay Packers would be wiser to cover themselves in the event that Randall and Rollins struggle yet again this upcoming 2017 NFL Season.
The first professional American football player that comes to mind is the University of Washington cornerback Sidney Jones.
Sidney Jones was arguably the best cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft class when the process has started. He was skillful and had an accomplished season for a Washington Huskies club that made the College Football Playoff.
Everything came to a howling stop when he tore his Achilles at his pro day. The said injury is expected to sideline him for four to six months, putting him in danger of being ready for NFL’s scheduled training camp.
It’s likely that Jones would miss at least some portion of his rookie NFL season, and there’s the possibility that Jones could miss the entire 2017 NFL season as well. With all that being said, it’s hard to envisage him being selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Because of his skill-set and talent that runs on his blood, however, it is unlikely that the cornerback would slip all the way to the Green Bay’s second-round draft pick (No. 61 overall).
Should the Green Bay Packers really want Jones, then the franchise may have to trade up in the second round to land him.
While the Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson has not traded up often, it’s not something that he’s declined to doing. Just a year ago, GM Thompson moved up nine slots to pick Jason Spriggs in the second round.
While the top cornerback in this draft class is not healthy at the moment, when he is, he’s arguably the best rookie cornerback. Jones is the standard definition of a number 1 cornerback in this draft class.
The Green Bay could use Jones’ ability to either take away a side of the gridiron or make skillful plays on the ball.
The value of landing Jones early in the 2017 NFL Draft is simple. Should he had stayed healthy, then he would have been a first-rounder prospect. But since Jones didn’t, the Green Bay Packers have the oppurtunity to get a massive steal.
Not only does Jones add to the depth of the cornerback position, but he gives the Green Packers a fall back option should any of their starting cornerbacks struggle.
If there was only who the Green Bay Packers should move up to acquire in the impending 2017 NFL Draft, that talented player is no other than Jones.