When the Green Bay Packers released Sam Shields earlier this offseason, they lost a corner who has all the qualities you look for in a top corner. While the team helped out the roster in a couple of areas with a key free agent addition, there are still things that Shields brought to the table that nobody else does.
The foremost of those is simple: speed. Shields ran his 40 in 4.30 seconds at his Pro Day in 2010, and played with every bit of that speed in pads. The Packers could have the opportunity in next month's NFL Draft to obtain a player with speed that at least approaches Shields', as players like Marlon Humphrey, Gareon Conley, Fabian Moreau, and Kevin King all ran in 4.44 or faster at the Scouting Combine this year.
Will any of those players get the call from the Packers in rounds one or two? We'll find out in four short weeks.
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