Damarious Randall had a great final year at Arizona State, and a stellar performance at the combine, on his way to snagging a late first round selection. The Green Bay Packers selected the free safety from Green Bay with the 30th overall pick, and all indications are that it was a solid move for them. At Arizona State, he was selected to the first team All-Pac 12, and ended up with 106 tackles during the 2014 season. Randall has matured into a seasoned player, first playing at the community college, and then entering Arizona State as a junior, where he started in nine games.
Randall had a great combine, performing the best in his class in three categories. Those were a 4.46 second dash, vertical jump, and 6.83 second 3 cone drill. In addition, he was able to do 14 reps on the bench press, and had a rather respectable 120.0 broad jump. Randall’s major strength lies in being a well-rounded athlete with excellent speed, particularly for a free safety. He is tough and shows a great deal of effort, as demonstrated by his coming through the junior college ranks to excel at the major Division 1 level. In only two years at that level, he was able to rack up 177 tackles, which in a competitive division like the Pac-12 is quite a feat. He is explosive, locks in on a target, and does not stop until he has punished the opposing team. He has a good football acumen, and knows how to angle himself well to cut off the ball. He can blitz well, and seems to have an uncanny ability of being able to time the snap perfectly and get a jump on the quarterback. He anticipates throws and has a good share of passes being broken up.
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For all of his many strengths, Randall does have some inherent weaknesses that must be dealt with if he is to be successful in a Packers uniform. He is lacking a bit of size for his position at the pro level, coming in at 5’11” and , and he has only average instincts at the free safety position. The Packers may be forced to look at him for the cornerback position, so he will need to be flexible. The coaching staff will also need to work with him in turns to coordinate his feet and his hips, and he will need to focus on his tackling technique, lest rushers play making quarterbacks get by him easily. All in all, this appears to be a solid pick for the Packers. They have a quality free agent, one who is aggressive and motivated to succeed, and his style of play should fit in well with the Green Bay way of operating.
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