For the second straight day, the Green Bay Packers addressed their secondary. This time, it was Miami of Ohio cornerback Quinten Rollins.
Where first-round pick Damarious Randall's strength was his top-shelf athleticism and range, Rollins profiles more as a brawler. He's a physical corner who relishes mixing it up with receivers. Rollins doesn't have the size or length of the departed Davon House, but he could earn a similar role playing mostly along the boundaries.
Rollins' background also suggests there's plenty of untapped potential. He played just one year of college football for the Miami Redhawks. Though he made his share of mistakes, Rollins performed well enough to secure MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
At the same time, the measurable traits are a mixed bag. He ran the 40-yard dash in just 4.57 seconds with a 1.61 10-yard split. At the same time, Rollins possesses a 36 1/2" vertical leap and a 7.10 second performance in the 3-cone drill. While his recovery speed won't be confused with that of Sam Shields, Rollins has the physical gifts to quickly react and change direction, essential skills for an NFL cornerback.
This marks the second year the Packers have invested a draft pick in a former basketball player turned cornerback. That's hardly a coincidence. The physical approach to the position obviously intrigues Green Bay, and it's something they believe projects well to the pros.
As with Randall, the key to the Rollins selection is the presence of cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt. Whitt aided the development of Tramon Williams, Shields and House at the position, and the team expects him to do so again with their top draft picks in 2015.