In this series, he produces his all-Senior Bowl mock Packers draft. Opinions are based on his observations, and conversations with Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber and league scouts who were in Mobile.
After selecting defensive end C.J. Wilson in the fourth round, offensive lineman Zane Beadles in the fifth round, safety Harry Coleman in the sixth round and punter Matt Dodge in the seventh round, the Packers are back on the clock ...
Third round: Brandon Ghee
The Packers need cornerbacks. Desperately.
Fortunately, this is the draft to bolster the ranks. While the list of true lockdown corners probably begins and ends with Florida junior Haden, there is a lengthy list of corners who can help an area that — with the exception of reigning defensive player of the year Charles Woodson — was filled with injuries and disappointments.
Al Harris turned 35 in December and is coming off a torn ACL that had him hobbling around the locker room in mid-January.
Tramon Williams is a restricted free agent who has nine interceptions over the last two seasons but has given up a bunch of big plays. He didn't take a step forward this past season and appears better-suited to be a third corner.
The depth at corner in this draft is exceptional, which means there will be value into the third or fourth round. One of those players is Wake Forest's Ghee, the brother of Patrick Ghee, who played briefly for the Redskins and Panthers.
At 5-foot-11, Ghee has good size, and his 31 7/8-inch arms are longer than the other top cornerbacks competing at the Senior Bowl. Athletically, he had no trouble matching up with any of the speed receivers in Mobile.
Production-wise, Ghee never really flourished at Wake Forest, which is why one of the more gifted corners in the draft should last into the third round. As a three-year starter, he picked off just one pass and had 25 breakups.
During Senior Bowl practices, he didn't stand out for the first two days but really opened some eyes on the third day and had a productive red-zone period during the final day of practice.
"Ghee is a physical cornerback with lock-down ability," Steuber said. "He has excellent footwork, fluid hips and the tenacious attitude to deliver a devastating hit. He's strong at the point of attack, aggressive throughout routes and has success against receivers of all sizes. He has a great sense of timing, possesses a quick burst and has the ball skills to turn defense into offense instantly.
His size and physicality at the line of scrimmage will appeal to the Packers, who need another young corner even if some combination of Lee/Blackmon/Underwood emerges into a key defender next season.
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