Ladarius Gunter is biggest surprise of Green Bay Packers' young CB trio
The Green Bay Packers are looking for a cornerback to start opposite 2014 Pro Bowler Sam Shields. There are three young corners in the mix for the job, and Ryan Wood of Press-Gazette Media describes undrafted rookie Ladarius Gunter as the competition's "biggest surprise."
With Casey Hayward sidelined by a foot injury, Gunter is splitting first-team reps on the outside with 2015 first- and second-round selections Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, Press-Gazette Media reports. Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. outlined what each rookie does best.
"D (Randall) is probably the most talented of those three, but Q (Rollins) has great instincts. He's probably the most instinctual, and Gunt probably has the most technique right now, but they all have a long ways to go," Whitt told Press-Gazette Media.
Whitt went into more detail on Gunter's play, detailing the typical characteristics of a shutdown corner.
"He's shown to me that he deserves an opportunity to be in the conversation with those other two guys with how he's played. So he's going to be given that opportunity," Whitt said, per Press-Gazette Media. "… He hasn't been giving up completions. He's just done a nice job. He has a long ways to go, too."
Gunter has decent size at 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, but he put up nondescript numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine and did not actualize his mid-round draft projection. The Miami product is a gamer that could come to life in Green Bay's cornerback competition this summer.
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