With a perceived deficiency at safety, the Green Bay Packers are taking their time evaluating Georgia Southern’s J.J. Wilcox before the 2013 NFL draft.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Green Bay has “done a lot of work” on Wilcox, a former offensive player who spent just one collegiate season at safety. La Canfora predicts Wilcox will be off the board by the third round, with the Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys in play.
Wilcox enters next week’s draft as one of the more intriguing safeties in a deep class at the position.
After spending his first three seasons at Georgia Southern as both a slot receiver and running back, Wilcox successfully made the transition to safety in 2012. He started 13 of 14 games there last season. The Packers are likely trying to figure out—over a limited sample size—what he brings to the table at safety.
During his only season at the position, Wilcox made 88 tackles and broke up three passes.
Wilcox also has experience returning kicks, having done so 31 times for 780 yards (25.2 average) and one score in 2012. Such versatility on special teams could be appealing to general manager Ted Thompson.