GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few quick thoughts on the Green Bay Packers' second-round pick.
The pick: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
My take: How do you judge someone who played one year of college football? And that one year came in the Mid-American Conference, not exactly a Power 5 conference. It sure makes this pick hard to evaluate, but the Packers claim it didn't take them all that long. We might have to trust them on this one. "He was probably their best player in Week 2 of the season, and he had only started playing that spring," Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst said. There's actually more film on Rollins as a college basketball player than there is as a football player. He played basketball for four years and finished his career ranked second in Miami University history in steals before returning to the football field for the first time since high school.
Another hoopster: This was the second straight year the Packers picked a college basketball player turned cornerback. They took Demetri Goodson in the sixth round last year. Goodson played three years of college basketball at Gonzaga before he transferred to Baylor for football. Like Goodson, Rollins said he believes some of his basketball skills translate to football. It also gives the Packers three former Division I basketball players on the roster, including Julius Peppers (who played both football and basketball at North Carolina).
Double coverage: For the first time since 2004, the Packers used their first two picks on players at the same position. And in both cases it was at cornerback. They surely hope it works out better with Rollins and first-round round pick Damarious Randall than it did 11 years ago with Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas. Carroll (the 24th overall pick in 2004) started 28 games but was so bad they cut him halfway through the 2006 season. Thomas (a third-round pick -- the Packers didn't have a second-round pick that year) didn't even last that long. He played only 20 games and was released during the 2005 season.