While most cornerbacks like Charles Woodson or Champ Bailey, House favored Green Bay's Tramon Williams.
"He came from a small school, (Louisiana) Tech, which is in the WAC right now," House told Packer Report in our 32nd draft exclusive. "He was a free agent, which I like, too, because he's an underdog. I've been an underdog my whole life. It seems like he just makes plays. The way he breaks on the ball is really good. He's a ballhawk, and that's what I want to be is a ballhawk."
He was that in college, finishing a stalwart career with 11 interceptions and 37 passes defensed — including two picks and 10 PBUs as a senior. For his career, he averaged a startling 42.8 yards per interception return with three touchdowns.
House (6-0) has the size the Packers love at the position. He played mostly on the outside at New Mexico State but defensive coordinator Dom Capers said House would be expected to play in the slot. Slot corner is a long-term concern with Charles Woodson being 34 and coming off of a broken collar bone. Neither Williams nor Sam Shields seem cut out for that role.
The Packers were scheduled to pick at No. 129 and No. 131 in the fourth round. Instead, they traded the first of those picks to Denver. The Packers gave up No. 129 and the first pick of the seventh round, No. 204, to get No. 141 (the 10th pick of the fifth round) and No. 186 (the 21st pick of the sixth round).
House only has been playing football for six years as he hoped to follow his brother into professional baseball – Tyreace was an eighth-round pick by A's in 2008 and is playing for Class A Burlington (Iowa). At New Mexico State, he played mostly press coverage, which isn't a staple of the Packers' scheme but is still used frequently. His head coach in college, Dewayne Walker, was a former NFL defensive backs coach.
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