It came out on Wednesday that the Jacksonville Jaguars are not planning to re-sign cornerback Aaron Colvin. From the Jaguars’ point of view, that makes sense. Although Colvin is a very good cornerback, the team already has big money invested in A.J. Bouye and they will soon have to pony up for Jalen Ramsey.
Those are two of the best cornerbacks in the league, right there. Ramsey graded out at 91.8 at Pro Football Focus. Bouye wasn’t far behind at 88.0.
With those two guys manning the outside for the Jaguars’ stout defense, Colvin manned the slot. And what the Packers need right now is another solid outside cornerback. If you recall, the Packers wanted Damarious Randall in the slot in 2017, but injuries to other guys ultimately forced him outside.
But this what’s interesting about Colvin. Some have compared him to Casey Hayward, who, as you surely remember was a very good slot cornerback with the Packers. Then the Packers let him walk in free agency and he became one of the best outside corners in the game with the Chargers. Poor coaching in Green Bay, some would say.
Clearly, there isn’t any poor coaching going on with the Jaguars’ defense. Likely the only reason Colvin was playing the slot there is because of the presence of two other shutdown-type guys ahead of him.
A better comparison might be that of Al Harris, who the Packers traded for from the Eagles in 2002. Harris was the Eagles’ slot corner because he was stuck behind Troy Vincent (Badger great) and Bobby Taylor. You know what he did with the Packers. Not only did he play outside, he became a Pro Bowler.
He also once shoved an entire football game up Matt Hasselbeck’s ass.
I will never, ever tire of watching that highlight. Just like I will never, ever tire of watching the greatest Packer of all time, Charles Martin, toss Jim McMahon and the chance for a Super Bowl repeat in the trash can.
So let’s look at Colvin.
Here’s what’s not to like.
And here’s the upside.
Price tag? That’s where we have a hard time speculating.
Hayward’s deal with the Chargers was modest — three years, $15 million. There’s risk, but if the Packers can bring in this guy for that price, I say go get him.
Colvin was listed with a concussion in 2016, but Hell he has had less reported concussions in the NFL than D. Adams. I’m certain Colvin made an Int. Against the Bills in the playoffs this year. It was more of a tipped pass from Myles Jack. Except for that Int. Not sure that Colvin had much of an impact in any of the playoff games. Maybe the teams were avoiding him and going after Ramsey and Bouye? Doubtful but maybe.
Don’t forget that stars like HHCD strike fear in the QB’s heart and are not often challenged. Might as well be the case with this lad.
The article states Colvin didn’t even run the 40 presumably at the combine following his college career. The author of this article failed to mention Colvin suffered a serious injury during the Senior Bowl and wasn’t anywhere close to being ready to run full out at the combine. He appears fast enough now!