Green Bay Packers select Damarious Randall No. 30 in 2015 NFL draft
A year after taking HaHa Clinton-Dix in Round 1, the Green Bay Packers doubled down at safety—in rather surprising fashion—by taking Arizona State's Damarious Randall at No. 30. Not only did Randall overtake Alabama's Landon Collins as the first safety selected, but he joined a relatively crowded spot on the Packers' depth chart. Clinton-Dix and Morgan Burnett played more than 1,900 snaps combined last season, while Micah Hyde took on another 700.
That said, because of Randall's experience playing man coverage against receivers and tight ends could allow the Packers to shift him to cornerback. If nothing else, he'll help Green Bay match up down the middle of the field, as Clinton-Dix has since his arrival. The league, and especially Green Bay's division, makes having players of that ilk a necessity. We'll have to wait and see how it all fits.
Strengths: An explosive tackler with good speed, Randall covers ground quickly. Never quits on plays. Often seen running down ballcarriers from the opposite side of the field. A true non-stop motor. Decent hands (pulled in two interceptions for touchdowns while at ASU). Active on special teams, both in coverage and as a returner. Very good at diagnosing crossers and breaking on the throw. Has a knack for disrupting the ball. A bit of a ball-hawk. Doesn't let up if he misses on a play. Has some range from center field.
Weaknesses: Smaller than you would like for the position. Can be caught taking the bait on play-action. Can have trouble bringing down bigger targets. Sometimes late to turn his hips/lets receivers eat up his cushion. Needs technique work in most phases of the game. Teams will target/specifically scheme for his over-aggressiveness. Too easily washed out in the run game when lined up in the box. Has a bad habit of throwing himself at the feet of a ballcarrier hoping to trip him up.
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