2021 NFL Draft: Packers select Georgia CB Eric Stokes in first round, No. 29 overall

Speedy cover man had four INTs, including two pick-sixes, last season


GREEN BAY – The Packers used their first-round draft pick Thursday night to address the cornerback position, taking Georgia's Eric Stokes with the No. 29 overall pick.

Stokes, a 6-1, 185-pound speedster who clocked a pair of sub-4.3 times at Georgia's pro day, did not have a college interception until last season, but then picked off four passes and returned two for touchdowns.

A first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick in 2020 after earning second-team honors in 2019, Stokes began his college career playing with fellow Bulldog corner Deandre Baker, a first-round pick in 2019.

That season, Stokes led Georgia with nine passes broken up before getting all the picks last year.

The Packers are planning to exercise their fifth-year option on CB Jaire Alexander soon, but their next two corners – Kevin King and Chandon Sullivan – are on one-year deals for 2021. King re-signed as an unrestricted free agent, and Sullivan signed a restricted free agent tender.

That put cornerback on the radar as an important future consideration for the Packers in this draft, and they addressed it right away.

For more draft coverage, go to packers.com/draft

Take a look at Packers CB Eric Stokes during his college career.

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