Packers Select Shemar Jean-Charles, Cornerback in 2021 NFL Draft - Round 5

Shemar Jean-Charles, CB Appalachian State

 

MEASURABLES/PRO DAY:

5'11", 190 pounds,
 

CAREER NOTES:

Jean-Charles broke up 16 passes and intercepted one in 2020. He was named the Sun Belt Conference player of the year by Pro Football Focus and garned some attention from scouts despite playing at a small school.

A starter over the past two seasons, Jean-Charles played in 50 career collegiate games with 25 starts. In 2019, he broke up 10 passes and intercepted one as well. Prior to that, he was a special teams ace.

SCOUTING REPORTS:

Jean-Charles started out as a special teams ace and then over the past two seasons, became a quality starting cornerback. He made two interceptions and broke up 26 passes during his two seasons starting at Appalachian State. He has played on the outside as a perimeter cornerback in college but may have to transition to the slot in the NFL.

He has a strong upper body but lacks the length scouts look for in an ideal corner. He can get physical off the snap of the ball but can overdo it at times and get too grabby, leading to penalties. Jean-Charles was one of the leaders on the defense at Appalachian State and developed into one of the best players on the team. It will take him some times to grow into a larger role, but he has the skills and intelligence to become a quality nickel corner in the NFL with the proper coaching.

 

FIT WITH THE PACKERS:

Shemar-Jones will likely fit in on special teams first and he did excel at that position early in his college career. His long-term upside would have him competing as the nickel back or slot corner. He is a little bit green and like most day three picks will need some time to adjust to life in the NFL before contributing more on defense.

Shemar-Jones has experience playing press-man and on the perimeter in college. He will likely be playing more zone and inside with Green Bay. He may challenge for the nickel/slot corner spot in 2022. 

 
COMMENTARY: 

This is a good value pick. A small school player who was dynamic in college and got attention from scouts despite not playing for a power-five conference school. He will need some time before he becomes a contributor on defense, but Shemar-Jones should help on special teams immediately and will be a factor in the secondary in 2022 if he picks up the Packers defense and adjusts to life in the NFL.

 

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stockholder's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:03 pm

I really like this pick . Great value. Good player. I hope they give him a good chance. And don't just award the job to a higher pick.

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GilMartin's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:12 pm

I think it's great value as a fifth rounder who will help on special teams right away and could supplant Chandon Sullivan in 2022. Thanks for the comment, stockholder.

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May 01, 2021 at 06:56 pm

After Jaire, everybody's job is up for the competition.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:03 pm

I hope he can play ST and maybe fill some CB/Safety snaps.

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GilMartin's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:12 pm

I think that's exactly what he'll do this year. He shined on ST early in his college career. Thanks for commenting, HankScorpio.

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May 01, 2021 at 03:23 pm

Not a real impressive 40 time, but always seemed to be in a position for a PD. Says he was a ST standout and we sorely need that. So ST floor and hopefully we get more out of him. Welcome.

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May 01, 2021 at 04:02 pm

True 4.5. I'm going to predict the the next pick. Jacoby Stevens. S/LB

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May 01, 2021 at 06:57 pm

He may be more slot/FS

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May 01, 2021 at 03:52 pm

9 DBs on gameday, one more on the inactive, two more on the PS......you can never have too many players who can cover and tackle.

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Appalachian State rang a bell, The college has had a number of players drafted, almost always on the last day. We drafted a linebacker from there in 2011 who never did squat so maybe we'll have better luck this time.

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May 01, 2021 at 06:58 pm

They have been a top Defense the past couple of years.

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May 01, 2021 at 03:39 pm

Division 3 I think , don't know if he is ready.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:38 pm

App St made the jump to college football top division, whatever they call that these days

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May 01, 2021 at 03:45 pm

Allowed only a 30% completion rate; of course, that's against Sun Belt competition, but still impressive. Feisty and grabby, but aren't they (mostly) all?

I'm relieved we took another corner and honestly hope he turns out to be a late-round gem.

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May 01, 2021 at 03:50 pm

Rodgers refuses to speak to media at The Derby.
The guy oozes class!

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 03:56 pm

You know, it's like a large, old building is on fire because of something that he allegedly did, and he won't put out the fire by simply saying "this is not true". That's all he has to do. Smile and say that it's all baloney.

But of course it isn't. Rodgers acted out, the way many of us do when we're frustrated, and now we're in a bad spot. This will be worked out. As George Harrison said, "All Things Must Pass".

He'll play for us again, or he won't. Their is no third alternative.

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May 01, 2021 at 03:58 pm

Maybe he just wanted to enjoy the race without being bothered. I didn't realize professional athletes were required, or even expected, to "speak to the media" during their free time.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:11 pm

Maybe a unicorn will fly overhead and crap gumdrops

I have no way of knowing what he "might" have been thinking or what they realize. I can only interpret behavior. This is what happened, this is what he did.

Again, 10 seconds out of his day to smile and say "No, there's nothing to this". That's it. Nothing special. Just a human giving an honest answer to an honest question. But that didn't happen.

Instead, he's out their partying while the organizatioin that helped make him rich and famous is under fire during draft weekend. The optics on this are very bad for Rodgers, and he's smart enough to know that..

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May 01, 2021 at 05:12 pm

I'm pretty sure Rodger's HOF/MVP caliber play is what made him rich and famous.
Most 7th graders are probably aware of that.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 01, 2021 at 06:04 pm

And Rodgers would have been a HOF/MVP in Detroit?

A person's individual success is never independent from the efforts of the people around him. Even Marines know that. Rodgers owes his opportunity and much of his success to the organization.

Yeah, if Rodgers had gone to Detroit and started as a rookie that would have been a lot better than learning under a HOFer, or playing with a front office that consistently put good players around him.

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May 01, 2021 at 06:41 pm

You're right...I never thought about any of that.

You're totally 100% correct. Like always.

I'm not worthy.

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MITM's picture

May 01, 2021 at 05:42 pm

yeah, so do you for acting like he owes you or me ANYTHING outside of all the years he CARRIED US as far as he possibly could - before the glaring holes in our roster year became too much to overcome. Defense gave up what 56 in his first ever playoff loss? Next year he gave us a Super Bowl. Every year after that outside of 2014 (where Mccarthy coached us straight into a loss in Seattle) Rodgers was expected to just mask all of the shit talent on the roster that we trotted out to start. Look at the receiving core we had for that other Cardinals playoff loss, the hail mary game. Rodgers did all he could for this team and anyone who thinks otherwise or has a problem with HIM having a legitimate beef with this franchise, is a spoiled ingrate.

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BradHTX's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:20 pm

I know he’s a day 3 pick, but his name should probably be corrected in the article. It’s not Shemar-Jones. It’s Shemar Jean-Charles. I know you’re writing fast, Gil. Thanks for the analysis.

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Difer's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:30 pm

I never really understood why Rodgers signed his latest contract (except for the money of course). He could have moved on from Green Bay and enjoyed the best years of his career (ala Brady). But he did extend, and the shit show that has constituted the Packers front office (see link below) for more than a decade finally wore him down to the point where he will retire rather than play another down for the Packers. (Question: who is more stubborn, Rodgers or a team that would rather play hardball and forfeit the value a Rodgers trade would produce? The Packers will continue to be the Packers, albeit without a HOF caliber quarterback, and Packers fans, God love 'em, will continue to fill the seats. I just wish the Packers would let Rodgers play for another team - would be fun to watch. BTW, check out the following article regarding the Packers multiple blunders on and off the field.
https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2021/4/30/22412383/aaron-rodgers-green-bay...

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May 01, 2021 at 05:17 pm

I'm not convinced this little "dance" hasn't been going on for a while. Being "miffed" about drafting a QB in the first round last year is a huge nothing burger. The average guy and gal has this hanging over their heads everyday. He has to know that if he plays well the Packers are not going to dump him. The fan base would kill Murphy, Gute and Ball. Rodgers has been planning an exit for awhile. He just needed excuses to do it.

Rodgers play in the NFCCG was good but he made some glaring mistakes (getting Davante vision, over looking a open receiver in the end zone, and not running with the ball for 1st down instead of trying to throw to a covered receiver in the EZ.

Now don't get me wrong, the Packer front office has some big problem s as well. Their treatment of their fan base especially the stockholders is terrible. And they have been doing it for a long time. If the executive committee had any brains (which they don't, because they are part of the problem here as well).
IMO there is just too much money involved. Rodgers or the team or both need a little humility and a good kick in the Ass! If the fans for once would just put their collective feet down....I'm holding my breath.

Fan for much before "61 and a stockholderas well.

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HankScorpio's picture

May 01, 2021 at 04:42 pm

Interesting. The nfl.com player comp is Will Redmond. Those two might end up competing for a roster spot.

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May 01, 2021 at 05:36 pm

ohh wonderful!!

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