There are many key talents who are hitting free agency for the Packers this off season, including Cullen Jenkins and Daryn Colledge. If Ted Thompson lets them go to other teams, the Packers will need to replace them.
Who will the Packers select in the 2011 Draft? Clay Matthews' young brother, Casey Matthews? Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram?
Proceed to see who I think the Packers will select in this upcoming draft.
(Please note, this slide show somewhat goes with the other Packers article that I released the other day:
Many people are calling for a running back in the first couple rounds for Green Bay, but I don't see it, especially after James Starks emerged as at least a back-up to Ryan Grant next season. Noel Devine is a speedy guy who can catch balls out of the back field, which would be a great fit for this already potent Packer offense.
Moch is one of the most athletic linebackers in college football. He's a speedy guy who has a motor to get to the quarterback quickly. He's a defensive end in college, but is too small to be one at the professional level. He'd be able to lock up the other OLB spot opposite Clay Matthews with ease.
Toliver is a great prospect coming out of LSU. He's tall at 6'5" and has great potential; he just needs to run routes better. Many think he will do well in the NFL because of his height, and will catch a lot of touchdowns. He's great at running streak routes and towers over most defensive backs, similar to Randy Moss.
Many people will disagree with taking a wide receiver this high in the draft, but you don't pass up on talent like this. If we get him, I would have no problem letting James Jones go in free agency in the off season. He'd be the replacement for Driver after he retires.
A big, solid cornerback who is a physical football player. He has a ton of upside and does well in man coverage. He does well against the run, and could give us a player who plays like a Charles Woodson and Al Harris combined.
Cannon is an offensive tackle in college football, who usually dominates defenders who come his way. He's athletic enough to play either tackle or guard, and has quick feet to stop even the quickest opponent. He's excellent in pass blocking and also does really well run blocking.
He could be played immediately at the left guard spot if we let Daryn Colledge go, and could take over for Chad Clifton at the left tackle spot after he retires.
This would mean an offensive tackle in the first round in two consecutive years for the Packers, but with Tauscher's play declining, Clifton not being able to stay healthy, and both aging, Cannon and Bulaga could form one of the best tackle duos for years to come.