And in the 2010 draft class, the Packers cover the biggest corner of them all.
Virginia's Chris Cook will make a predraft visit to Green Bay, two sources told Packer Report this week. The 6-foot-2 Cook satisfied scouts' questions about his speed by running the second-fastest 40-yard dash among the corners at the Scouting Combine, 4.46 seconds. His 11-foot broad jump was the longest of any player at any position.
How serious are the Packers in Cook? They talked to him extensively at the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine, one source said, and were in attendance at Virginia's pro day on Thursday.
The attraction is obvious for the Packers.
Ron Wolf took over as general manager in 1992. His successor, Mike Sherman, learned under Wolf, as did current general manager Ted Thompson. Since the Wolf-Sherman-Thompson era began, the Packers have drafted only two cornerbacks standing less than 5-foot-11: Terrell Buckley and Ahmad Carroll. After Buckley bombed as the No. 5 overall pick of the 1992 draft, Wolf vowed to never take another small corner.
That left a lasting impression in the organization, with Thompson yet to select a corner standing less than 6 feet.
Thompson took 6-foot-1 Brandon Underwood in 2009, 6-foot-1 Pat Lee in 2008, 6-foot Will Blackmon in 2006 and 6-foot-1 Michael Hawkins in 2005. That's four corners of at least 6 feet, and undrafted rookie Trevor Ford (6-0) made the roster year.
Cook stands tall in a bumper crop of corners standing 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11. Cook is Scout.com's eighth-ranked cornerback. None of the seven players ahead of him even stand 6 feet tall.
Cook is seen by most people as a second-round prospect, but his size, speed, ability to play press coverage and willingness to play the run have some insiders thinking he could sneak into the first round. However, there are doubts about his short-range quickness because of his long legs, his ability to stay healthy (broken leg in 2005, sprained knee in 2007) and football character (academically ineligible in 2008).
He intercepted four passes as a senior and seven in his career, and showed a nose for the ball during Senior Bowl week.
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