It remains to be seen how many of them actually turn out to be good, but if nothing else, the Packers certainly have a lot of cornerbacks. At this very moment, the Packers carry ten cornerbacks on their roster, and all of them carry question marks of their own. Tramon Williams is aging. Sam Shields is expensive. Casey Hayward is coming off an injury-marred season. Davon House is a bit of an underachiever. Micah Hyde may not be a cornerback at all.
Of all the corners, though, the most unusual may be Demetri Goodson. A former college basketball player, Goodson will try to complete his remarkable career change by making the Packers’ roster as a sixth round, 25 year old rookie.
It’s certainly been a circuitous route for Goodson, whose collegiate career started at Gonzaga before jumping to Baylor. He struggled with injuries in college, but he’s actually pretty athletically gifted for his position. He’s by no means a burner (topping out at about 4.5 in the 40), but he has decent size at 5-11 and posted a 37 inch vertical at the combine.
Because of his long route to the NFL, Goodson’s age is a bit of a question, but there’s a significant precedent for success. Did you know that 64 other cornerbacks in NFL history have started their career at 25 or later? It’s true. Here’s the list.
Three previous players have had their rookie year at age 25 or later and gone on to start every game in their rookie year: Louis Breeden, Brandon Browner, and Terrance Newman. Browner is a little bit of an exception, since he played in the CFL before coming south, but still. Goodson’s age should not be a huge factor on his future success.