Earlier today, we discussed the possibility of the Green Bay Packers landing Washington cornerback Marcus Peters in the upcoming NFL Draft. While corner indeed remains a top draft priority, SB Nation's Dan Kadar sees the Packers ending up with a different prospect.
In his latest mock draft, Kadar projects Green Bay selecting Jalen Collins. This is the third mock in a row where the Packers have ended up with the LSU cornerback.
The rationale is simply to understand. Collins is a long, athletic cover man who could be groomed by position coach Joe Whitt into a press corner as a long-term answer opposite of Sam Shields. At the same time, Collins' inexperience (he started just 10 games in Baton Rouge) makes him a somewhat risky selection. That said, teams picking so late in the first round have to take bigger risks given what remains on the board. With that in mind, Collins' selection makes sense.
Here's what Kadar wrote about Collins to Green Bay:
30. Green Bay Packers: Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
There is some risk to taking Collins in the first round. He started just 10 games in his career and was used in a three-man starting rotation at LSU last season. But the skill is there. He fits the mold of what a lot of teams want in a cornerback The Packers managed to coach up Sam Shields from a project player coming out of Miami. They can do the same with Collins, who has much more natural talent.