Mailbag: Is cornerback high on Packers' list?


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Each week, we'll take questions about the Green Bay Packers. They can be submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail.

This week, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Cornerbacks in the draft

  • Would inside linebacker be a reach in the first round?

  • Draft possibilities on offense

  • Ted Thompson's all-time best and all-time worst picks

Demovsky: You're talking about the group that includes Kevin Johnson, Byron Jones, Marcus Peters and Jalen Collins, I presume. Peters, given his off-the-field issues, is a wild card. No way to know what Thompson thinks of that. It sounds like some teams aren't concerned yet others have either downgraded him or taken him off their board completely. A guy like Collins, at 6-foot-1, would seem like an intriguing prospect. Dom Capers loves to play press-man coverage in his scheme and having a big corner to match with receivers would be nice. There's a good chance Johnson and Jones will be gone before the Packers pick at No. 30. In fact, there's a chance all of them could be off the board.

Demovsky: Crazy. I don't think I've seen a mock draft that has him getting past the Vikings at No. 11. So don't get your hopes up.

Demovsky: That's where Collins from LSU comes in. He measured a shade taller than 6-1 at the combine. He would be the tallest corner on the Packers' roster. I don't see how they'd pass him up if he's there at No. 30.

Demovsky: You could make a strong case that any of the inside linebackers, including Stephone Anthony, would be a reach in the first round. If an inside backer comes off the board in the first round, it might be UCLA's Eric Kendricks. You could see a run on inside linebackers in the early to middle part of the second round, which could require the Packers to trade up in Round 2 in order to get one who could make an impact right away. But the value doesn't seem to be there at No. 30.

Demovsky: If they went offense in the first round, there are probably three possibilities: receiver, tackle or tight end. Tight end might be a reach. Minnesota's Maxx Williams looks like the only possible tight end in the first round, but it's very possible he goes in Round 2. It's another strong receiver class, especially at the top, so if there's not a run on them in the first round, then maybe the value would be too great to pass up. As for tackles, Thompson has a history of taking them late in the first round - Bryan Bulaga at No. 23 in 2010 and Derek Sherrod at No. 30 in 2011.

Demovsky: I think we all believe that Aaron Rodgers is his best pick, so let's throw that out and move on to the next-best pick. I'd put five or six players in that category: Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Josh Sitton, Eddie Lacy and perhaps even Nick Collins. Justin Harrell has to be the worst of the worst. He was an injury risk to begin with at No. 16 overall in 2007 and turned out to be a guy who didn't look like he loved football. You could put Jerel Worthy in that group, too, especially considering Thompson traded up to take him in the second round in 2012.