Packers Draft Choices: Where They Fit
Round 1 (pick 32) - Derek Sherrod, OT Mississippi State
How he fits: Sherrod will be in the exact same situation as last years first round draft choice, Bryan Bulaga. He won't be thrust into a starting role from day one, but will have an opportunity to compete for it. If LT Chad Clifton or Bulaga were to be injured, the team would love to look at Sherrod as an immediate replacement. I don't think RT Mark Tauscher will be back next season.
Round 2 (pick 64) - Randall Cobb, WR Kentucky
How he fits: The guy is a swiss army knife. Cobb was extremely productive as a WR, RB, QB, kick returner and, wait for it...holder at Kentucky. He could wind up as the Packers lead kick returner and #4 WR should James Jones leave via free agency.
I don't fancy Head Coach Mike McCarthy as much of a Wildcat guy, but a player like Cobb certainly gives McCarthy some interesting options.
Round 3 (pick 96) - Alexander Green, RB Hawaii
How he fits: If Brandon Jackson leaves via free agency, the versatile Green could fins himself as the Packers third down back in 2011. He found the end zone 19 times last season at Hawaii and chalked up over 1500 all purpose yards. At 6'0" and 225 pounds, Green is the ideal size for a RB. He has above average speed and is a natural pass catching back. I think he'll end up being one of those ultra reliable "glue-guys" that every good team possesses. I think he's more talented than Brandon Jackson.
Round 4 (pick 131) - Davon House, CB New Mexico
How he fits: Finally, a defensive player! House is a big, fast CB who should fit nicely into the Packers' defensive scheme as a press corner who will play a lot of man coverages. In Dom Capers defense, you never know when the field will be littered with DB's. House will challenge players like Pat Lee and Jarett Bush for time.
Round 5 (pick 111) - DJ Williams, TE Arkansas
How He Fits: He's not your typical tight end in terms of size (6'2", 245), but he managed to win the Mackey Award as the Nations best college TE last season. He is a more natural receiver than Andrew Quarless, but not as good a blocker. Faster than most LB's, and bigger than most safeties...it's another weapon for Mike McCarthy's impressive offense.
Round 6 (pick 179) - Caleb Schlauderauff, OG Utah
How He Fits: He should make the team as a reserve left guard. He was a 4-year starter in college and plays with a nasty streak. Scouts say he's a better run blocker than pass blocker. He could end up being one of those guys you look back on in a few years and say, "Wow - we got him in the 6th round?"
Round 6 (pick 186) - DJ Smith, OLB Appalachian State
How He Fits: A smallish LB (5'11", 239) from a smallish school. Smith has nice speed and could contribute on special teams right away.
Round 6 (pick 197) - Rick Elmore, DE Arizona
How He Fits: He is undersized for an NFL DE, and will likely play the OLB position in the Packers 3-4 defense because he has a great motor and flashes some pass-rushing capability. He's not ready to start opposite Clay Matthews and will need some time to transition to a new position. Fringe player - could be a practice squad guy in 2011.
Round 7 (pick 212) - Ryan Taylor, TE North Carolina
How He Fits: Taylor doesn't have enough experience at TE due to injuries and because he played LB early in his career. However, he showed flashes as a good pass-catcher last year and will contribute on special teams.
Round 7 (pick 233) - Lawrence Guy, DT Arizona State
How He Fits: He played DT at Arizona State but is a perfect fit to play DE in the Packers' 3-4 scheme. He is stout versus the run and makes it tough for the OTs to slide him out and pick up OLBs.