It’s Finally Randall Time

The Packers' first-round pick has been full-go since Friday after being limited by an ankle injury sustained before the draft.

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Damarious Randall’s Twitter handle is @RandallTime.

And it’s finally “Randall Time” for the Green Bay Packers’ first-round cornerback.

Randall, who sprained an ankle while doing a private workout for a team before the draft, was full participation at Tuesday’s organized team activity, which was open to fans and reporters. In fact, Randall said he was full-go on Friday, as well. Randall was sidelined for the rookie orientation camp and took part in only individual drills at Thursday’s practice, which also was open to fans and reporters.

“I’m just getting down some of the wrinkles and just kind of taking it day by day,” Randall said. “I feel great. I am 100 percent cleared now.”

Randall’s injury was the type of small-potatoes news that tends to get blown out of proportion in May and June. No jobs have ever been won or lost during OTAs, after all. However, as Randall makes the move from the hybrid cornerback/safety position he starred at for two seasons with Arizona State, taking live reps certainly will be an asset as he makes the transition to cornerback.

“Corner is just a position that’s been natural to me,” Randall said. “That’s what I played in high school and I played in junior college. It’s something that comes natural to me.”

On Thursday, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt called Randall “pretty sharp” in the meeting room. Still, there’s a difference between the playbook, meeting room and mental reps and actually putting it all together on the practice field.

“I can go out there and experience some things for myself, instead of watching the mistakes and correcting the stuff from the film,” Randall said. “Now I can correct my own mistakes.”

Randall intercepted three passes in each of his two seasons with the Sun Devils. While he was listed as a safety on the depth chart, he would have been the team’s best cornerback, his position coach at ASU said. In their blitz-heavy scheme, the Sun Devils played 78 percent man coverage.

“Honestly, I always thought I was a corner,” Randall said. “That’s why a lot of people say that I move like a corner because honestly I think I’m a corner. Wherever the team needs me at, that’s where I’m going to play. At the end of the day, it’s me being an athlete and doing whatever I can do to help this team win.”

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