Even if the Packers sign a top cornerback in free agency, Gutekunst will nearly certainly use one of his first few picks on the position. The Green Bay Packers have sent 25-year-old cornerback Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for quarterback DeShone Kizer.
The Packers were reportedly interested in Kizer before the draft, which makes this trade all the more intuitive for them. Newly-minted general manager Brian Gutekunst's first move is certainly a controversial one. Randall was a talent, and he played a handful of very good games in 2017, but his unpredictability and volatility made it hard for the Packers to build the position around him.
Conversely, Green Bay has a history of dominant signal-callers such as current starter Aaron Rodgers, from whom Kizer will receive proper tutelage.
"You're talking about words of frustration", McCarthy remarked. The former Notre Dame quarterback started 15 games as a rookie with the Browns, but he apparently has been identified by new G.M. John Dorsey as a player who needed to go - possibly due in part to the 28 turnovers he generated previous year. "He needs to focus on himself".
For the Browns, the appeal is obvious: They get a talented cornerback with pedigree to add to a secondary that lacks playmakers. The only appealing option to start there now becomes 2017 second-round pick Kevin King, who nursed a shoulder injury his entire rookie year before ultimately shutting it down to have surgery. He probably played the best football of his career, but then he didn't play the last two games.
He vastly outplayed Brett Hundley who struggled mightily with the Packers for most of his time as the starter, showing a lack of polish and poise.
The Packers went 3-6 with Hundley at the helm, something the fan base is not used to nor comfortable with.
Kizer has three years left on his rookie deal. This means that the team will either move on from Brett Hundley or let him battle Kizer.
While Hundley enters a contract year and may not be a lock to return altogether, Kizer gets the chance to learn under Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy.