Todd McShay makes a switch: Cornerback, not running back, for Packers in first round

McShay raves about McCaffrey (1:28)

Todd McShay is excited about the NFL potential for Christian McCaffrey and bumps him up to the fourteenth pick in the draft to the Eagles. (1:28)

GREEN BAY, Wis. – There might be better value at cornerback than running back when the Green Bay Packers pick at No. 29 in the first round of the NFL draft.

That’s what ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay’s lastest mock, released on Wednesday, shows.

McShay has four running backs off the board before he gets to the Packers slot.

That’s a change from his previous version, when he had the Packers taking Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara as the third back in the first round behind Leonard Fournette and Dalvin Cook. Not only does McShay have all three of those players gone before the Packers pick, but he has Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey skyrocketing up his board to No. 14, ahead of both Cook and Kamara.

The Packers’ need at running back might be greater than ever now that Eddie Lacy has signed with the Seattle Seahawks, but cornerback remains just as big an issue even after general manager Ted Thompson brought back Davon House.

To that end, McShay has the Packers taking the fourth cornerback in the first round, Ohio State’s Gareon Conley.

Conley would follow fellow Ohio State corner Marshon Lattimore (No. 6 to the Jets), LSU’s Tre’Davious White (No. 13 to the Cardinals) and Washington’s Kevin King (No. 24 to the Raiders).

Conley would bring the speed element back to the Packers’ secondary, he ran a 4.44 40 at the combine and could bolster a passing defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season.