The Green Bay Packers made one selection in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft last night, and it made instant waves. Defensive back Damarious Randall was a surprise selection, not because of a perceived lack of value (he was frequently projected in the 20s over the past several weeks), but because of a lack of understanding of what position NFL teams projected him to play.
Despite playing safety in college, Randall will be a cornerback at the NFL level. That much has been made plainly clear by Ted Thompson. With that in mind, the pick makes a lot more sense. Even though Randall doesn't have great size, he's fast and has plenty of experience in man coverage, which should help him in the Packers' defense.
Here are several of the stories about Randall from around the Packers media, as well as some looks ahead to day two of the draft.
Damarious Randall takes the windy path to Green Bay's secondary | JSOnline
As Randall explained in his media conference call yesterday, Randall comes from a baseball family and played center field in junior college before hurting his shoulder.
Packers see Damarious Randall as playmaker | Packersnews.com
More than half of the NFL teams that talked to Randall saw him as a cornerback rather than a safety, so Ted Thompson is hardly alone in his plan of moving Randall outside.
2015 NFL draft: Green Bay Packers pick safety Damarious Randall | ESPN
Rob Demovsky notes that few, if any, in the media saw Randall as a corner, however, which is why he was not looked at as a potential Packers target at 30.
CFF Overview: S - Top of the Crop | ProFootballFocus.com
Randall was one of PFF's top-ranked safeties, as they see him as a sometimes eager, out-of-control player, but one who can be reined in with coaching and developed into an excellent player. They mention his play in the slot here, as well.
NFL Draft 2015: Best players available after 1st round - SBNation.com
Not surprisingly, some of the draft's biggest character risks fell out of the first round, including Randy Gregory and Dorial Green-Beckham. And on that note...
2015 NFL mock draft: Predicting the 2nd round - SBNation.com
Kadar's prediction for the Packers tonight at #62 is TCU linebacker Paul Dawson - a solid pick late in round two, in my opinion.
Former Packer Tom Crabtree Announces Retirement | Cheesehead TV
Somehow we missed this in all the draft news yesterday. Godspeed, Crab, and we look forward to continuing to interact with you on social media.