Packers 2022 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Backs

Packers 2022 NFL Draft Preview: Defensive Backs

Both cornerback and defensive back are seen as extremely strong positional groups in the 2022 NFL Draft, and while the Green Bay Packers are strong in both areas, they certainly could use some young reinforcements.

With how the league is trending, teams can never have too many players in their secondaries ready to slow down offenses, and with the Packers having Jaire Alexander, Eric Stokes, Rasul Douglas, Adrian Amos, and Darnell Savage, they are set up well.

But with how GM Brian Gutekunst typically attacks drafts, don’t be surprised if he decides to use one of our two first-round selections on a safety – even with how the fan base will likely react.Cincinnati’s Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner and LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. are the two top CB options in this year’s class, with Washington’s Trent McDuffie, Clemson’s Andrew Booth, and others in Tier 2.

Both Gardner and Stingley Jr. will likely be gone before the Packers pick (barring a trade-up), and both McDuffie and Booth are fringe first-round selections, profiling as possible – but unlikely – choices at either 22 or 28 for Green Bay.

Other options, like Florida’s Kaiir Elam, Auburn’s Roger McCreary,Cincinnati Bengals Jerseysand UTSA’s Tariq Woolen, profile as 2nd or 3rd-round options, closer to what the Packers may be interested in. Houston’s Marcus Jones is an interesting mid-round selection, as his strong play and special teams prowess would certainly be a welcomed addition to this team.

While not expecting the Packers to use an early pick on a CB, they likely will use a selection (or two) on a corner, just because depth is very important for Joe Barry’s offense, and with Alexander and the team at an ‘impasse’ for a contract extension, loading up for that potential bad outcome is important as well.Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton is the cream of the crop in this year’s draft class, as he brings physicality, positional versatility, and an overall fresh take to a defense’s identity, all while likely being selected in the first seven selections.

Baylor’s Jalen Pitre, Georgia’s Lewis Cine, Michigan’s Daxton Hill, and Penn State’s Jaquan Brisker all could slide into the end of the first round in some regard. Cine and Hill are the two that look like they fit the mold best for the Packers, but all of these options could be selected near the end of Day 1.

While Amos has been a solid FA signing, Savage’s play has been a bit lackluster at times – even if they do decide to keep Savage and offer him an extension at some point, Barry’s defense could certainly use a dedicated player for the ‘STAR’ role, something that one of these rookies could slide into.Gary Brown, who spent seven seasons as the Dallas Cowboys' running backs coach, died Sunday after being treated for cancer. He was 52.

"Gary Brown had a big heart partnered with a big smile and a big personality. His energy and spirit were infectious," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "He lit up every room he walked into and touched the lives of those who knew him in such a positive way. Everyone who knew him, San Francisco 49ers Jerseysloved him. He meant so much to the players he coached and the coaches he coached with.

"His love for his family, football and life was evident each day. He continued to fight, and he never gave up."

Brown was with the Cowboys from 2013 to 2019 and had three different running backs reach 1,000 yards, including DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden and Ezekiel Elliott. Murray (2014) and Elliott (2016, 2018) won NFL rushing titles under Brown's tutelage.

"Great Father, Husband, Coach, and Mentor. Appreciate you and your family more than anything GB," Murray tweeted. "Thank you for teaching me the way on the field and in life. Appreciate you Gary Brown."Brown most recently served as the running backs coach at Wisconsin during the 2021 season. He was unable to travel with the team to the Las Vegas Bowl in December while undergoing cancer treatment.

"I am deeply saddened by Gary's passing," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. "Though he was only on our staff for a year he had a profound impact on our players and our program. We are all better people for having known Gary. He was a tremendous person, a terrific coach and a joy to be around. He had great energy and passion for life and that showed every day."

Brown was first diagnosed with cancer in his colon and liver during his time in Cleveland, where he coached the Browns' running backs from 2009 2012. He underwent surgery and chemotherapy and returned to the sidelines.Not long after he was not retained on Mike McCarthy's staff, doctors found a malignant tumor near Brown's pancreas. He did not coach in 2020 before joining the Badgers' staff in 2021.

"This one easy coach," Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen wrote in a tweet.

After rushing for 1,321 yards during his college career at Penn State, Brown was an eighth-round draft choice of the Houston Oilers in 1991. He played eight seasons in the NFL with the Oilers,Boston Red Sox JerseySan Diego Chargers and New York Giants, posting two 1,000-yard seasons while a member of the Oilers (1993) and Giants (1998). He retired in 1999.

"We mourn the passing of Gary Brown, a great man who played for Big Blue for two years - including a 1,000-yard season in 1998. Once a Giant, Always a Giant," the team said in a statement.

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