Legendary senior writer jclombardi reviews Packers 4th round pick.
In the 4th round of the 2011 NFL draft, the Packers first traded picks 129 and 204 (7th round) to Broncos for pick 141 (5th round) and 186 (6th round). Good trade value move! With their 131st pick, the Packers picked CB Davon House. CBS Sports.com analysis: Overview–House projects as a man press corner on the outside (though he could play zone) because of his height and speed. Teams project him as a starter capable of shutting down NFL receivers. Evaluation–Read & React: Has adequate reaction time and instincts on the outside. Man Coverage: His best asset, as he uses his size, speed and length to adeptly handle outside responsibilities in man coverage. Good backpedal and quick feet. Good ball skills; times his jumps well if quarterbacks test him deep and looks to return the ball as far as possible after making a pick. ZoneCoverage: Plays a lot of man coverage but shows promise as a productive NFL zone corner. Solid tackler who can plant and drive to stop receivers after the catch and support the run when playing off the line. Stays cognizant of the quarterback in the end zone, will come off his man to make a play on the ball. Must prove he has the discipline to come off receivers leaving his area so quarterbacks don’t throw behind him into the vacated area. Closing/Recovery: Closes on the ball very well whether it is in the air or he’s bringing down receivers to prevent yards after catch. Run Support: Looks the part of a physical corner who will get the job done in run support. Tackling: Effective as a wrap and cut tackler against receivers and running backs. Intangibles: Coaches have no issues with his work ethic. Has gained bulk in the weight room.
NFL.com analysis: House is a physical corner that excels in press coverage, and could develop into a starter in a Cover-2 scheme. He uses his big strong hands to jar receivers on the line of scrimmage and he can flip his hips and run. He also shows the ability to anticipate routes in zone and has enough speed to close with the ball in the air. However, he is a bit stiff in transition and will struggle to mirror receivers on double moves. His ultra-aggressive style of play makes him vulnerable to ball fakes and he will probably be flagged often. House looks like a middle round pick.
Evaluative Grade: A. Outstanding traditional Packer cornerback pick!
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