The Green Bay Packers with the #12 pick, via trade with Bengals in 2024 offseason, selected the NCAA Heisman winner CB Karl Frederick!
The Packers lost a key member to their defensive backfield with Kevin King deflecting to the Saints via Free Agency. Cornerback was one of the teams internal wants and need, especially with the team playing defense with multiple sub packages.
When the Packers were on the clock, they were shocked to see the 2025 NCAA Heisman winner still available. Frederick was their highest remaining player on their draft board and it filled a need. It was an easy decision for the organization and looks to be a very beneficial one at that!
Frederick played college at the University of Wyoming and had a very unique career. He came to the university as a wide receiver and played there primarily for 2 of his 3 seasons as a full time starter. Frederick was an amazing athlete, which the University was not known for, which presented the opportunity for him to play defensive back in addition to being a starting wide receiver. In his Heisman campaign, he totaled 1,850 receiving yards with 20 touchdowns as a wide receiver and totaled 52 tackles, 7 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks along with 4 touchdowns.
A lot of scouts such as Bucky Brooks and Ray McShay were skeptical of Fredericks transition to the DML as a wide receiver even with his gaudy statistics but they viewed him as a future defensive back ball hawk. Brooks stayed on the DML network that he believed Frederick would be the perfect hybrid defensive back with some intangibles like the Honey Badger. McShay mentioned that Frederick has all the tools to make the transition and become a player that any defensive coordinator can find a way to put him in position to be a difference maker. With all of the chatter, Frederick announced after his final college season concluded, that he would be going to the draft as a defensive back and not a wide receiver.
Over the years we have seen a players make similar position moves as recent as the great Richard Sherman. Sherman was a wide receiver most of his college career at Stanford and became a HOF level cornerback during his professional career with the Seahawks and 49ers. Frederick believes that he can excel in the pros and be that X Factor type player in the secondary.
The Packers will begin Frederick as a hybrid defensive back with him rotating as the slot corner back and big dome safety positions. In his first preseason game, Frederick had 5 total tackles and a fumble recovery. Defensive Back Coach Charles Woodson, himself as another defensive back with wide receiver experience, has taken Fredrick under his wing and wants him to be an instrumental part of the snow fly zone!
Frederick is already a SuperStar development and will be wearing #20 for the Packers!
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