An NFL source told Packer Report that Green Bay is showing late interest in two small-school cornerbacks: Southern Illinois' Korey Lindsey and The Citadel's Cortez Allen. Both are considered fifth- or sixth-round draft picks, according to the official NFL rankings provided to Packer Report, though the source said one or both could be gone before the fifth round begins.
For now, cornerback is a strength with Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields forming arguably the best trio in the NFL. But the Packers must start preparing for the day Woodson no longer is a high-caliber player. Not only are Lindsey and Allen talented players, but they have the toughness to play slot corner in the way that defensive coordinator Dom Capers prefers.
Lindsey is a fast-riser on teams' draft boards. He's taken nine pre-draft visits, an unusually high number for any prospect. He's a two-time first-team All-American and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the Football Championship Subdivision's best defensive player.
Lindsey (5-10), who played mostly one-on-one coverage for the Salukis, intercepted six passes in each of his final two seasons. The Packers were one of 23 teams that saw his workout earlier this week, and he delivered a 4.36 in the 40, 40-inch vertical leap and 24 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
"Lindsey has excellent range and outstanding speed, excelling at staying tight with the receiver on deep routes," reads the official NFL scouting report, that also was provided to Packer Report. "Evidence of his pass coverage dominance is the fact that opponents have completed just 26.77 percent of the passes targeted into his area. Built for speed, Lindsey emulates the style of play of Champ Bailey (Denver) and Darrell Green (ex-Washington). He is rapidly emerging as a top-level cornerback."
Unlike Lindsey, Allen (6-1) has the height the Packers prefer at the position. He picked off five passes during his career, including two interceptions during his senior season. Opponents completed just 31.1 percent of the passes thrown in his area as a senior. He was benched for allowing three touchdown passes against Appalachian State as a senior but he was playing with a 103-degree fever.
He ran a 4.45 40 during his campus workout with a 36.5-inch vertical and 19 reps on the bench.
"Allen is a minimal-reps type who has no problem digesting a complicated playbook and taking the action from the chalkboard to the playing field," the NFL scouting report reads. "He shows very good awareness in zone coverage and is extremely alert to running threats in his area, along with recognizing pass threats to his outside when playing in the bail/shuffle technique. He does a nice job of working to get position in the zone and can't be fooled by play action or misdirection."
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