Fourth round capsules

Cory Rodgers, 104th overall; Will Blackmon, 115th overall

CORY RODGERS
School: TCU

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 188 40: 4.66 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign and All-American honors last year. Posted 52/685/5 receiving as a junior while averaging 15.3 yards on 19 punt returns and 30.3 yards on 17 kick returns, with two more scores. Sophomore receiving totals were 61/836/7.

Positives: Natural pass catcher who impacts the game as a return specialist. Effective as a slot receiver, finds the seam in the middle of the field and adjusts to grab the errant throw. Quickly transitions to running after the reception, follows blocks in the open field and keeps the play in bounds.

Negatives: Lacks the speed to separate from defenders down field. Lacks playing strength and loses out in battles. Benefited from a system which lined up five receivers.

Analysis: Productive the past three seasons, Rodgers is a college favorite with marginal size/speed numbers. Best as a slot receiver but must produce returning punts and kicks.

How he fits in: Rodgers will compete as a backup wide receiver and return specialist against second-round pick Greg Jennings in training camp. The return specialist vacancy was created when the Packers parted ways with Antonio Chatman earlier this off-season.

What Packers said: "First and foremost this kid's a tough kid. A tough kid. He's blocked kicks, he's covered kicks, he's made tackles and he returns balls. He's reckless. He's a north-south runner. He's very competitive. Makes tackles, fields the ball well. … He's a very knowledgeable gifted kid, but the big thing is he secures the ball. He brings an awful lot of good, positive things to the table. We're enthusiastic about him coming in here and being the guy." - Packers special teams coordinator Mike Stock.

WILL BLACKMON
School: Boston College

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 198 40 time: 4.47 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter at cornerback before moving to receiver as a senior, leading the team with 51/763/4. Also averaged 22.2 yards on 22 kickoff returns last year. All-Conference selection as a junior with defensive totals of 46/3/2.

Positives: Versatile football player with the ability to be used at a variety of positions. Solid pass catcher who displays a sense of timing. Effortlessly adjusts to the errant throw and shields away opponents with his frame. Quick-footed, sells routes and displays a burst of acceleration. Possesses top ball skills at cornerback, recognizing the action and forcing quarterbacks to throw away from him. Physical, mixes it up against opponents and works to get involved.

Negatives: Gets tall in his backpedal on defense. Must improve his tackling technique. Lacks true top-end speed.

Analysis: A bright, articulate prospect who wants to improve, Blackmon offers a good degree of upside and versatility at the next level.

How he fits in: Will compete for a roster spot as a backup cornerback behind either Al Harris or Charles Woodson.

What Packers said: "Love the opportunity to get a young man like this and see how fast we can bring him along. You're dealing with a very bright young man that understands football and its concepts. He's excited about getting back into the secondary. He's raw with his techniques, but we'll get started in mini-camps and take it from there. … He had a very good workout as a wide receiver with Indianapolis, but we feel like we've got him at the right spot here." – defensive backs coach Kurt Schottenheimer.


Packer Report Top Stories