|Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State (6-5, 321);
2 - Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky (5-10, 191);
3 - Alex Green, RB, Hawaii (6-0, 225);
4- Davon House, CB, New Mexico State (6-0, 200);
5 - D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas (6-2, 245);
6 - Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah (6-4, 305);
6 - D.J. Smith, ILB, Appalachian State (5-11, 243);
6 - Ricky Elmore, OLB, Arizona (6-4, 255);
7 - Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina (6-3, 254);
7 - Lawrence Guy, DE, Arizona State (6-4, 305)
Top Pick Analysis: One year after snatching Iowa's Bryan Bulaga with the 23rd overall choice, the Packers took an offensive tackle with their first-round pick. Sherrod is light on his feet and a skilled pass protector who could be the future successor to Chad Clifton on the left side. Green Bay may have also found Donald Driver's eventual replacement in the dynamic Cobb, a one-time quarterback at Kentucky who's one of the best route runners in this class and could make an instant contribution as a return man. Green is a strong and physical inside runner with some receiving ability as well, but is a bit unrefined from playing in a pass-heavy offense in college.
Best Value Pick: House was rated as a second-round talent on some boards due to his appealing combination of size and speed. Guy is an early entrant who would have been better off staying in school, but has the physical tools to develop into a valuable rotational piece in time.
We Question Why: GM Ted Thompson didn't address a pressing need at outside linebacker until grabbing Elmore, a project with athletic limitations, in the sixth round. Green and House are promising prospects, but play positions where the Packers are relatively well stocked.
Summary: Thompson's philosophy of taking the best player available held true in this draft, as none of these picks will be asked to step into important roles on a deep roster unless injuries strike. Still, guys like Sherrod, Cobb and House appear to have bright futures.
FINAL GRADE: B-