With their second-round pick (62nd overall) in the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Quinten Rollins, CB, Ohio (Miami)
A football and basketball recruit out of high school, Rollins focused mostly on basketball and enrolled at Miami (Ohio) to play on the hard court. Rollins was an unknown in the football scouting world after not playing the sport since high school, but it didn’t take long for him to move up the depth chart for the Redhawks, impressing coaches and scouts throughout the season. He played the robber rover position in high school, but played mostly offense so he entered 2014 with no football experience in four years and zero experience in his life at cornerback.Rollins finished the 2014 season with 72 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 16 passes defended and a MAC-best seven interceptions, which ranked third nationally. He earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year and conference First Team honors and a spot on the Senior Bowl roster. (CBS)
40: 4.57, bench: 14, vertical: 36.5, broad: 112, 3 cone: 7.10, shuttle: 4.28
Constructed well for the position with good length and solid build for his height. Fluid athlete with coordinated footwork and smooth belt action to easily flip his hips. Good flexibility out of his stance, keeping his nose over his toes and staying low to spring in any direction. Above average ballskills, reflexes and hand-eye coordination (16 passes defended in 12 starts). Impressive tackling technique for a player with his inexperience, sinking, striking and wrapping with timing and pop. Throws his body around with emphasis and embraces the physical side of the game. Good eye use to read and anticipate the play before it happens, staying dialed in with natural instincts to put himself in position to make plays on the ball. Ideal toughness for the position, both physically and mentally. Highly confident with a short-term memory to bounce back quickly after mistakes, especially important for a player with his inexperience. Aggressive hands to fight through blockers and make a play on the ballcarrier. Has experience on special teams coverages. Mature work ethic with ambitious personality, both on and off the field. Solid durability with his body (not used to that type of consistent beating) holding up the full football season without serious injury. Productive one year on the football field, earning MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. (CBS)
Ted Thompson decides to double down in the defensive secondary, taking Quinten Rollins with the Packers 2nd round draft pick. It’s also interesting that Thompson decided to draft another defensive back who used to play another sport and doesn’t haven’t all that much experience in football. On one hand, it does mean their football ceiling is very high but on the other hand there is going to be a steep learning curve and there might be some bumpy roads before they are really NFL ready.
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.