Packers Select Arizona State Defensive Back Damarious Randall

The Sun Devil will play cornerback for the Packers and could provide help as a returner. 

With their first selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. The Packers plan on playing him at cornerback. 

One NFC defensive back coach, per Lance Zierlein over at NFL.com, had this to say about Randall.

"I have him as the top safety in this draft so that should tell you what I think of his ability to play with his size. Just give me a good player."

Ted Thompson seems to share that sentiment, saying "He's just a good football player" several times in his press conference after the selection. 

Below you can see our live reaction to the pick. It was mostly bemused befuddlement.

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Samson's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

I like the 1st round pick. When you lose your starter at CB & the best off the bench, you have to use a high pick. --- If you can't at least slow down the opponent's passing game, you lose.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:44 pm

Another playmaker on the back end... I'll take it! Can't have enough of them these days. We will get our ILB.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 01, 2015 at 04:26 pm

CB was far and away the biggest concern I had with the roster. Based on what I saw over the 2nd half of 2014, I think they have enough on the roster to at least be good enough everywhere else. DB is where they had losses that hurt. More competition on the back end is a very good thing.

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Idiot Fan's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm

[Just prior to the Packer pick]

My friend: "So, what are you hoping for here?

Me: "I'm not picky, I would be happy with defensive line, ILB, CB."

TV: "The Packers select Damarious Randall, Safety, Arizona State"

Me: "Huh............so............huh...............interesting."

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FITZCORE1252's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:49 pm

Is this our slot corner for the next 5 years?

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sonomaca's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

So, he's going to be a better corner than Jalen Collins?

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lebowski's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Malcolm Brown and Randy Gregory sitting there for the taking… I don't know why I even bother watching the first round of the draft anymore. Ted's record in early rounds pretty dicey. Guess I'll tune in Saturday to see which Pro Bowlers we're adding.

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Samson's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

TT always adds Pro-Bowlers on day 3 of the draft.--- For instance,---- ah, ah, ah, ..... I'll have to get back to you with names later. --- (all kidding aside --- if this guy can play, the weakest part of the "D" will be better --- The NFL still throws the ball all over the field)

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aj's picture

April 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm

Playing at a pro bowl level and being a pro bowler are two different things. One has to do with popularity while the other deals with actual talent.

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Turophile's picture

May 01, 2015 at 01:11 pm

Look at Nawrocki's book on the draft.

In it he has a 'Scout's take' on the top prospects. The (un-named) scouts take on Malcolm Brown was he couldn't find spot for him in the 3-4. He is (in the scouts opinion) more a 3 tech. Just because he is higher rated on the draft sites you visit doesn't mean he has that rating on the Packers board. If he doesn't fit he slides down their board.....elementary.

As for Gregory, Packers were not the only team top pass, every team in round one passed. The agreement is out there (amongst NFL staff) that he is too much of a risk.....same as La'el Collins and Dorial Green-Beckham. Got to look at each of them as a person, as well as their qualities as a player.

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EdsLaces's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Well Ted definitely threw us a curve ball here. I hope he knows what he's doing cause we needed a cover corner ...and got a safety. I'm so confused...oh and Anthony is gone now how awesome. If we don't get Kendricks Dawson McKinney or Perryman this draft is lame. Not to act like the sky is falling but the ILBs are about to pour off the board and if we don't act fast it's gonna be a looooong Friday.

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sonomaca's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm

It's all about "replacement" value. Corners are extremely expensive to resign or replace in FA. I'm going to assume Randall is a corner. First round corners are locked up for 5 years on rookie deals. That's big money saved.

The same thinking applies to receivers and pass rushers.

ILB's are cheap to replace. You wouldn't want to waste a 1st round pick (and 5 years of rookie money) on one of those.

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EdsLaces's picture

April 30, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Wanna draft a corner cool,butl draft a guy THAT PLAYS CORNER! I was bothered by the idea of Collins from LSU cause he started 10 games this ...well this is just baffling.

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sonomaca's picture

April 30, 2015 at 11:40 pm

Ted's either extremely clever, or too clever by half. I believe Ted thinks he scored the best corner in the draft. Randall's not going to be a safety. He's not going to be slot corner. He's going to be a boundary corner playing opposite Shields, assuming Ted's gambit pays off.

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EdsLaces's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:11 am

Aaaaaaand another thing all we ever hear about is how we are a finesse team or whatever and we need to get more physical and this guy has tackling issues? Really ...a guy that can't tackle and is going to need to play a different position than he is used to for our FIRST ROUND PICK..wow. If this was like our 3rd or 4th round it might be ok but this is just not. Pick a decent mlb or corner and move on.

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Oppy's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:37 am

This kid isn't a great form tackler, but he looks to light up opponents.

So, he's very physical. Just not a great tackler. See?

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tm_inter's picture

April 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Ted Thompson is at the podium. "We feel fortunate we were able to draft Damarious Randall that late." Obviously TT thinks very highly of DR.

Heard that DR was the best defensive back at ASU and also played outfielder in baseball which probably convinced TT of his coverage ability.

I am also convinced that the Packers' secondary is now as strong as can be.

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aj's picture

April 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm

Watching some vids of randall, his coverage skills and football instincts are obvious. He reminds me of a faster Casey Hayward, and that's someone very valuable IMO. I'm happy with the pick.

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eqfan592's picture

April 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Ok, maybe I'm blind, but I can't seem to find him in CHTV's top 100 list on their draft guide. Was curious to see where they ranked him overall, but I'm starting to think he got overlooked for some radon on that list...

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Bear's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:24 am

He was the number 1 rated safety in the draft. Also, has player corner.

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eqfan592's picture

May 01, 2015 at 04:43 am

Sorry, bear, but he was not the number one rated safety, at least not in the draft guide. Collins was. And I know he appeared in the safety specific section, but I was talking about his overall position in the top 100 players. I'm still not able to find him listed there at all. Collins is there at 14, then the number 3 safety at 55, Prewitt.

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NickPerry's picture

May 01, 2015 at 06:11 am

Randell was the #1 rated FS on Draft Scout which is a pretty decent site. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/probe.php?genpos=FS&draftyear=2015&...

If you click that you'll see that for yourself. I'm not a huge fan of the pick, not with Malcom Brown sitting there. BUT after checking out some of Randells measurables I understand the pick a little better. Putting the BPA aside for a minute Randell actually tested better than Trae Waynes in the 20 yard shuttle and 3 cone.

Time will tell on this pick but I think for a team 5:07 from a SB birth last year, couldn't stop the run in both playoff games last year, Malcom Brown would have been a steal at 30. Without knowing if Raji will hold up, Guion suspended a game or 2, and both being FA after this season, DL could very well be next years area of need like ILB this year and Safety last year.

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eqfan592's picture

May 01, 2015 at 07:32 am

Thanks for the link and info. Really my point was that I found it a little amusing that the Packer oriented draft guide I ordered would neglect to include who ended up being the Packers first round pick in their overall rankings. :P

I also feel better about the pick after reading up on him some more. I'm surprised DL wasn't addressed, but given that I still think we could use help in the secondary, I can argue against the pick much, either.

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Bear's picture

May 01, 2015 at 01:53 pm

Look at Mayocks ratings of FS.......I would have liked Brown at that pick, but I don't get paid and put my livelyhood on the line making the selections. This way it's more fun to pretend we know more than the experts!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:15 am

It isn't that Randall can't become a fine CB in the NFL. He has definite strengths and a few concerns, and he will have a good coach in Whitt. The issue for me is whether he was close to being the best prospect available. I would have thought Malcom Brown was BPA by a wide margin. I view Randall as a need pick. If he is a reach, it is not much since I think someone would have picked him in the next handful of picks. I don't have a problem with passing on Gregory at all.

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:33 am

I really didn't expect TT to say anything else. My question is how long do we have to wait for this guy to develop? The higher level is no longer the issue with Ted.

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badaxed's picture

May 01, 2015 at 05:57 am

Just what we need another short db who cant tackle. Megatron is licking his lips. Meanwhile the middle stays soft. no inside linbacker to cover te or stop the run.

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egbertsouse's picture

May 01, 2015 at 08:46 am

You got it right!

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eqfan592's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:37 am

106 tackles, 9.5 for a loss, but he "can't tackle." Well ok then. Perhaps it's an area he could work on some, but i think saying he "can't tackle" is just a little hyperbolic.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 01, 2015 at 04:48 pm

The ILB that can cover some of the more athletic TEs in the NFL was not in this draft, as I understood things. You need to cover those guys with a DB, preferably a big strong, fast Safety (like Morgan Burnett).

In thinking back to the second half of 2014 and through the offseason so far, it seems very clear to my way of thinking that DB was a bigger concern than front 7 run defense.

Megatron may not be losing any sleep over the Packers adding Randall. But assuming Randall can play, the team is better equipped to make it back to late 2014 level than it was before the draft, IMO.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

May 03, 2015 at 12:28 pm

What if dom puts haha and randall in the back at safety, burnett as a bandit ilb/safety so they can be on the field at the same time. I think Rollins will be a starter on the outside by years end also. I think our 2ndary will be scary good come playoff time.

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 06:24 am

I think this will be a good pick. I don't know as much about Randall as other prospects because he was mostly viewed as a S and to be honest I wasn't looking at safety's.

But his flexibility and versatility to be able to play Corner/Safety will be a very good asset to our defense.

The more I see of him, the more I like. He could be another play making type of player that we need in the secondary.

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EdsLaces's picture

May 01, 2015 at 07:41 am

Haha I told my buddy before the draft on our way to grab a 6 pack (cowboys fan haha) that Randall was literally the one guy in the top 40 players that I hadn't watched his tape. After watching I do kinda like the guy,but it is still a weird selection. Do we not have him on the team already. ...Hyde?

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 08:10 am

yeah, I didn't watch any tape on him. But the more I am seeing of him, and knowing how Capers can move guys around and be creative, the more I like.

I think they could use him similar to how they used Woodson a few years back. When he was kind of all over the place.
I think he will start out as a CB though.

yeah, I would say he is similar to Hyde. Can't have enough of those guys though.

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barutanseijin's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:28 am

He looks faster than Hyde.

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:59 am

Yeah, I would say a faster version of Hyde could be a good comparison.

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ES 1957's picture

May 01, 2015 at 06:31 am

No ILB was worthy of a first round pick. I was upset that Ted didn't draft Brown. He looked like a great value at a need position. I will say that for a guy who supposedly can't tackle, Randall sure makes a lot of them. 106 last season - more than Landon Collins. But there is no doubt he was picked to play CB not Safety.

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2015 at 07:54 am

Anthony was selected behind him. Round ONE.

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Lphill's picture

May 01, 2015 at 07:17 am

We could have traded back into the early second round took Denzel Perryman than took Randall later.

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 07:40 am

Do we know what they had for trade offers? Its easier said then done to trade back.

Also, I have seen mocks that had Randall going 20th to the Eagles. Mel Kiper said last night he thought he could have went in the 20-23 range.

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PackerAaron's picture

May 01, 2015 at 10:24 am

Traded with who? And for what? Ted said there were offers but that they weren't fair ones. You'd pull the trigger anyway? Let's just say I'm glad Ted's in charge.

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EdsLaces's picture

May 01, 2015 at 08:11 am

Kinda had a couple beers in me last nite so I was a little moody. Today thinking about this pick sober ...yup still pissed haha.

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egbertsouse's picture

May 01, 2015 at 08:44 am

Horrible pick. An undersized DB in a conference filled with power receivers. He's an Ahmad Carroll clone. Remember how that worked?

Let's hope TT can work his usual magic in the mid rounds and salvage this draft.

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Zola Davis's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:49 am

Ahmad Carroll was, I beleive , 5'9". Hardly a clone. I'm fine with people that are critical of their team, but the all-in negativity is for attention-seekers.

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:38 pm

Ahmad Carroll had similar but better Underwear Olympics numbers. Here's a comparison:
Ahmad Carroll
Height: 70 inches
Weight: 195 pounds
Arm Length: (N/A) inches
Hand Size: (N/A) inches
Position: CB
College: Arkansas
Draft Class: 2004
40 Yard Dash: 4.34 seconds
20 Yard Dash: 2.52 seconds
10 Yard Dash: 1.53 seconds
Bench Press: 15 reps (225 lb)
Wonderlic: (N/A) (0-50)
Vertical Leap: 41.0 inches
Broad Jump: 128 inches
20 Yd Shuttle: (N/A) seconds
Three Cone: (N/A) seconds
60 Yd Shuttle: (N/A) seconds

Damarious Randall
Height: 71 inches
Weight: 196 pounds
Arm Length: (N/A) inches
Hand Size: (N/A) inches
Position: FS
College: Arizona State
Draft Class: 2015
40 Yard Dash: 4.46 seconds
20 Yard Dash: 2.58 seconds
10 Yard Dash: 1.55 seconds
Bench Press: 14 reps (225 lb)
Wonderlic: (N/A) (0-50)
Vertical Leap: 38.0 inches
Broad Jump: 120 inches
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.07 seconds
Three Cone: 6.83 seconds
60 Yd Shuttle: (N/A) seconds

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C's picture

May 01, 2015 at 10:00 am

You've never seen the kid practice or play and you're worried about salvaging the draft through the middle rounds? All this based on a mock draft, web based industry, intended for entertainment only? Sad...

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PackerAaron's picture

May 01, 2015 at 10:25 am

It's not a horrible pick. Ahmad Carroll is a horrible comp.

He's Tyrann Mathieu without the nickname or off-field notoriety.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:51 am

"He's Tyrann Mathieu without the nickname or off-field notoriety."

I'll damn sure take that.

Burnett is on notice???

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PackerAaron's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Doubtful. They plan on playing Randall at corner, at least to start. We'll see how he progresses.

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thebeast431's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:36 am

For me its simple. I am not the Packers GM, thank God.

I never would have drafted Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, or Clay Matthews. We already had Brett Favre, Matthews lacked experience, and we had (Driver, Jennings, and Jones, and Finley to catch the ball).

This is why I don't fault anything in the draft until years down the road.

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barutanseijin's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:06 am

Really? I was all over Rodgers in 2005 -- and i liked Favre. I just thought it the cost/benefit analysis was too good to ignore. For me that was a no-brainer. (Apparently not for the first 23 teams that year)

The rest of those picks were a bit too creative for me to have predicted or advocated. They were two steps: trading then picking. The picking is easy to picture, but for some reason the trading part is hard for me to imagine. I do remember being OK with the Nelson pick after the fact. I liked his tape & i think teams should build on their strengths.

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balding_pastor's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:52 am

Can we finally do away with the myth that TT will take the BPA? Brown was a top 10-20 player and with Raji and Guion both on 1 year deals, I'd have taken Malcolm Brown like that genius in N.E. did. Then again, I'm not paid to make those decisions so once again, in Ted& Co. I'll trust.

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RCPackerFan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 09:58 am

Do you know if Brown was the BPA on the Packers Board? He might have been on Mel Kipers and Mike Mayock's but was he on the Packers board? I know some scouts were saying that Brown wasn't viewed as highly to some as to others.

Also maybe they thought Brown wasn't a great fit for what they do on the DL?

I will trust Thompson, he has been right more then he has been wrong.

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Idiot Fan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:14 am

"I know some scouts were saying that [insert name here] wasn't viewed as highly to some as to others."

That's the story of this draft. Not to mention, now that game tape is easier than ever to get, the number of armchair GMs on the interweb has exponentially grown, meaning you can always find someone rating your pick higher or lower than where you got him. If we need DL help, and Brown was there, then it seem logical to conclude that Ted didn't pick him for a reason.

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PackerAaron's picture

May 01, 2015 at 10:26 am

"Brown was a top 10-20 player "

How do you know?

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EdsLaces's picture

May 01, 2015 at 02:37 pm

I like the Tyron comp. But if this dude needs a nickname I wonder what it should be...

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Evan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 04:00 pm

"Randall the Candle" cause he's always getting burned.

Hopefully not that.

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aj's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:01 am

Do you remember Louis Nix the 3rd last year? Supposed first round talent that fell to the 3rd. Just because you see something in mock drafts doesn't mean the prospect is similarly valued in draft circles. And before you say anything about him going 2 picks after our draft slot, remember that Belichick hasn't been very good in the draft. His specialty has always been patching through FA.

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Idiot Fan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:07 am

Actually, given that this kid played Safety at ASU, and we had bigger needs at DL, ILB, and traditional corner, I think this pick serves as good evidence that TT did take the BPA on their board rather than reach to solve a need.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 01, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Not if they viewed him as a CB, which was a need.

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sonomaca's picture

May 01, 2015 at 10:47 am

Randall is a gamble in the sense that TT believes he's an elite corner prospect. Here's the test. If Shields is covering Alshon Jeffrey, can Randall cover Kevin White one-on-one?

The pick lives or dies on the answer to that question.

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aj's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:02 am

Actually, Hayward would likely be covering White in your hypothetical situation.

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sonomaca's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:15 am

That's where I disagree. I don't think they think Hayward can cover top receivers. If they did, they would not have drafted Randall.

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aj's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:43 am

In today's NFL, you need to have plenty of guys who can cover. Remember the Dolphins game? Two corners went out with injury and we still had House and Hayward. I think this pick is just replenishing the stock of corners on our squad, and I feel Ted picked a good one.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:55 am

Great example, AJ.

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sonomaca's picture

May 01, 2015 at 02:39 pm

I think there was a realization which set in when Williams departed, something like, "OMG, who is going to cover all these receivers in the NFC North." Chicago is suddenly stocked, Minnesota is rapidly improving, Detroit has Johnson and Tate.

It isn't really known whether Hayward can cover elite receivers outside. Clearly, the Packers aren't convinced that he can.

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Evan's picture

May 01, 2015 at 02:54 pm

"It isn't really known whether Hayward can cover elite receivers outside. Clearly, the Packers aren't convinced that he can."

Or they think he can and Randall was drafted to replace him in the slot. Either scenario is possible.

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aj's picture

May 01, 2015 at 03:14 pm

Thanks drea, what's your opinion of the pick?

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Zola Davis's picture

May 01, 2015 at 02:39 pm

seems like they liked what they saw so he became the pick. If he duds, he's a redshirt for next year; if he's ok, he's solid depth; and if he rocks, Hayward becomes expendable next year when he becomes UFA.

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EdsLaces's picture

May 01, 2015 at 03:26 pm

Have you not read or listened to anything ....he's the sub package or slot guy. Hayward is gonna be outside. Hayward is going to be our best corner this year ...period.

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White92's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:01 am

Now they have another "hands guy" for the onside kick team. :) Too soon?

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Imma Fubared's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:06 am

I'm not a big ted fan. Why does he shy aware from the 6'1 guys! Another marginal guy 5'10 at best guy who is a poor tackler and avoids contact! Well see! I just hope he doesn't stand on the goal line and watch the guy standing next to him catch the winning pass aka haha jokes on the packers!

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sonomaca's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:18 am

It's crystal clear to me that they don't expect Randall to be a faster version of Hyde. They expect him to be a pure cover corner. The main job of these players is to cover elite receivers and prevent catches, not tackle. Shields is a very poor tackler, yet he makes $10 million a year. Why? Because he can cover Calvin Johnson.

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sonomaca's picture

May 01, 2015 at 11:20 am

In the end, I'd say Ted's gamble on Randall is 50-50. Either he's going to be an excellent corner, or he's going to be a 1st round special teams ace.

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Tundraboy's picture

May 01, 2015 at 01:04 pm

That is how you have to view it, Hope he surprises us.

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dullgeek's picture

May 01, 2015 at 01:23 pm

Is TT trying to make me forgive ASU for their failed win vs UW from 2013? Welcome to the team, Kid, but I'm still angry about that one.

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Tundraboy's picture

May 01, 2015 at 02:40 pm

Do not dislike pick, TT has his reasons but I do wonder what he thought of Malcolm Brown and Eddie Goldman.

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Charvid's picture

May 01, 2015 at 05:48 pm

My God we are an amazingly egotistical bunch. What makes us think that by watching a few videos...maybe a couple of games...we know more about how Randall fits this team better than Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthey, Dom Capers, and Joe Whitt?? These are guys that have done a little work on this draft class. These are guys who have been around football a while (not just watching it 8 hours a weekend, going to a few games, and spewing venom on a blog). Are they going to hit 'em all? Hell no. But for give them a little credit for knowing what they are doing. The number of people on here who assume they know a lot more about football, football teams and football players is really amazing to me.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 03, 2015 at 02:36 am

You certainly have a point, especially when your team has a good GM like TT. However, if you really believe that, there's little reason to have a comment section, and quite a bit of the purpose of this website vanishes.

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