With the 185th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Ka’dar Hollman, CB, Toledo, and with the 194th pick they selected Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame.
The Packers hope Hollman adds much needed depth at corner alongside the young trio of Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson and Kevin King. In fact, at 25-years old he’ll the second oldest corner on the team behind Tramon Williams. Hollman has a tremendous story, not being offered a single Division 1 scholarship and making Toledo’s football team as a walk-on. After hanging through a redshirt season, he become a full-time starter his sophomore year. In 40 games he had 113 tackles and two interceptions. In his senior year he led the MAC with an impressive 12 pass breakups.
As far as size, speed, athleticism, tenacity, and competitive demeanor, a handful are only ahead of Hollman. He simply makes things happen and gets the job done, and he’s been doing that his entire playing career. What Hollman must work on is his fundamentals, such as recognizing routes, reactivity, deep-route coverage. These are all coachable, especially with the tools he has.
Hollman has the athletic traits and tenacity to make an NFL team, and work his way up through the depth chart through coaching and experience. Despite the Packers passing on Greedy Williams in the second round, they still got a steal in the sixth with a lot potential. If the Packers corners have injuries like they usually do, with proper progression, Hollman could see playing time this season.
Williams was one of my favorite later-round guys going into this draft based off his explosiveness alone. Watching his game-footage is fun because of it and he’s not even a speedy guy. Williams was projected as one of the draft’s top runningbacks (fourth round) but due to a small sample size and off-the-field issues, he slid to the sixth round. In his senior year as Notre Dame’s top back, he had 158 carries for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns. This is really impressive considering he missed the first month due to suspension and 3 games due to an ankle injury.
Like Hollman, Williams will provide much needed depth alongside Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams who both have seen their fair share of injuries since they were both drafted in 2017. Jones when healthy is truly the game-changer out of the bunch, but LaFleur loves to run the football, so a strong third option is much needed.
His limited playing time in college will require some time to become accustomed to league play, but his excellent ball-security, bell-cow success at Notre Dame, and ability to learn quick will land him a decent role in the Packers’ future.