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Packers Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

1st- Derrick Sherrod, OT, Mississsippi State
2nd- Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
3rd- Alex Green, RB, Hawaii
4th- Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
5th- D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas
6th- Caleb Shlauderaff, OL, Utah
6th- Ricky Elmore, OLB, Arizona
7th- Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

Synopsis: General manager Ted Thompson has done an outstanding job building his football team through the draft. Similar to his predecessor Ron Wolf, Thompson finds value and productive players into the late rounds. The team didn’t show any glaring needs so the front office was able to take the best player available without leaving holes.

Best Selection: Davon House. House had the talent to slip into the late first round. He shows natural man coverage skills with good size and instincts. He should become an immediate nickel corner with occasional outside responsibilities until he fully acclimates.

Biggest Risk: None. The Packers found value at every pick.

Sleeper: Ricky Elmore. I’m surprised that Elmore was available in the 6th round. Watching Elmore side by side with teammate Brooks Reed (2nd round pick) there wasn’t much difference. Elmore will make a great compliment to Clay Matthews. A steal.

Grade: A

Green Bay added value everywhere. There wasn’t one player they reached for, while they added players in the 5th, 6th, and 7th round that will likely make the roster and contribute in 2011.

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One Response to “Packers Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft”

  1. BubbaOne says:

    Curious as to why D.J. Smith, ILB, Appalachian State and Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina were left off the list. I know the likelihood of them making a difference is small but TT has found “gems” late in the draft or as UDFA’s.

    This posting by Bob McGinn may tell us why Davon’s stock fell:

    “The one game that House missed, in 2008, was due to a medical issue with his big toes that are turned somewhat inward and curled somewhat upward. At a position of constant pivoting, that problem can’t be taken lightly.”

    I still think he’s got great measureables to be an excellent CB, esp learning from this group of DB’s. And I agree w/ you re Elmore. Some analysts think he may have the better long term career that Reed.

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