Thursday, April 30, 2015

Meet Mr. No. 1

The picks are all in, and the Green Bay Packers have selected Arizona State S Damarious Randall as the newest member of the team’s roster. Here is a bit about Mr. Randall: “By the end of the 2015 season, Arizona State safety Damarious Randall appeared to be headed for first-round selection in the NFL Draft, which seemed plausible after leading the Sun Devils in tackles and interceptions. Though his stock appeared strong after his early-March Pro Day at ASU, the pro-Randall momentum apparently is gaining steam.

“NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock leapfrogged Randall on his position-by-position board, ranking him atop his list of the class' best safeties. "Randall is by far the best cover safety in the draft," Mayock told the Daily News. "Because of the way Arizona State plays defense, you can see him play a ton of man-to-man, which is so helpful (in evaluating him). He's a guy that there's been a lot of buzz about for the last month or so. He reminds me of Jimmy Ward, who was drafted in the first round last year by San Francisco. But he's not as physical or as good a tackler as Ward.’

“FOXSports.com's Peter Schrager listed Randall as the 27th player off the board, saying: "Randall's my guy rising fast up draft boards and that's because of his versatility. He played corner at Arizona State and had a lot of success. He is built like a safety. He also had a great workout in Arizona for many pro scouts back during the NFL's Owners meetings. Buzz has been high on this guy for a while.’

“With the NFL going pass-heavy these days, Randall's cover skills are coveted. Though the safety talent in this draft class is considered poor, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that at least one team views the Sun Devil as a better prospect than Ward. As they say, one is all it takes.’

“Randall's versatility as a nickel or safety has propelled his cause, and perhaps the only slight against him is his size. At a hair taller than 5-10, Randall has made up for those concerns by bulking up to nearly 200 pounds, more than 15 pounds of added weight since ASU's season ended.”



Randall at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. 

The Packers picked 30th overall, due to their missing the Super Bowl by a few minutes. 

The NFL Network experts announce that Green Bay’s selection has been submitted. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Randall’s selection. 

Two Packers’ fans in downtown Chicago show their approval of the pick. 

Randall was at home with his family instead of being in Chicago. 

A couple of screens with Randall’s statistics and information. 


Randall’s first Tweets as a Green Bay Packer. 

Randall’s page on NFL.com. Friday brings us Rounds 2 & 3.

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