There are two Pac-12 cornerbacks that could be potential targets for the Green Bay Packers in the upcoming draft. Let’s take a look at them.
The California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinals both held their pro days yesterday. The two PAC-12 teams both have cornerbacks that could be potential fits with the Green Bay Packers as they look to add more talent to that position through the NFL Draft.
Camryn Bynum, CAL
Bynum was a four-year starter and a two-time captain at Cal. He finished his career with 184 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack, six interceptions, and 28 pass deflections.
During his time at Cal, he earned multiple all-conference accolades, but he said his biggest honor during his collegiate career was being voted team captain by his teammates.
“It means everything to me,” Bynum said. “To just see how my teammates view me as a player and as a person. Being a captain is the highest honor that I’ve had. I’ve had accolades like first-team this and second-team that, but being a captain is how my teammates view me and that means more than anything.”
At Cal’s Pro Day, Bynum posted a 40-yard time of 4.49, silencing the critics that he’s too slow to stick at cornerback when he reaches the next level.
“I think today went great,” Bynum said. “Most of all I had fun. I’ve been training for three and a half months now…My biggest goal was to show what I can do.”
What Bynum can do is bring a physical presence to a secondary. He’s got good size and he’s a very willing tackler in run support. Bynum’s greatest strength may be his high football IQ. That high football IQ helps him overcome his lack of “elite” athleticism.
A player that Bynum looks up to and tries to model his game after is Richard Sherman.
“He’s a real great technician,” Bynum said. “Not the craziest athletic guy…He’s not a super burner like that. His mental approach to the game and his technique are second to none…We play a similar technique.”
Bynum does have the versatility and skill-set to play out on the boundary, in the slot or even move to safety. That type of versatility will make him an attractive option for the Packers when day three of the drat rolls around.
Even if Bynum doesn’t make an impact on defense during his rookie season, there is no doubt that he could turn into a special teams ace on coverage units from day one.
Paulson Adebo, Stanford
It’s all about the ball production with Adebo. The Stanford cornerback finished his two-year career as a Cardinal with eight interceptions and 27 pass deflections.
Adebo has a high football IQ and does a great jump of jumping routes to make plays on the ball. He looks like a wide receiver and has natural ball skills.
“My favorite corner of all-time is Charles Woodson,” Adebo said. “That’s somebody I look at as far as being a complete football player. Somebody that can come up and tackle. Somebody that can make interceptions, that causes fumbles. That’s somebody I look at and try to be that kind of player, as far as being the ultimate playmaker.”
At Stanford’s pro day, Adebo clocked a 40-time of 4.42 and recorded a vertical of 36.5 inches. He put up 18 reps on the bench and had a time of 6.71 in the three-cone and a 4.13 in the short shuttle.
In the position drills, Adebo said that he wanted to show scouts that he can flip his hips and has the agility and lateral quickness to handle man coverage at the next level.
“Just playing lower,” Adebo said. “Getting out of my breaks smoother. Just fine-tuning the small techniques of playing corner…whether it’s flipping my hips and making sure I’m low.”
Adebo is likely to go in the third round or early in the fourth round. As stated earlier in this article, the Packers need to add more talent behind Alexander at the cornerback position, and with Adebo’s ball skills he could be a fine addition to that position group at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.