The Packers are probably recovering from one heck of a time at Disney World, but with the NFL Draft coming sooner than you think, the focus is back on football. The Packers are going to come in as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season and the draft can help them repeat.
Here is a round-by-round projection of who the Packers will be picking in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Sherrod is 6'6'' and weighs 305 pounds. He is an absolute beast and has perfect size for a great offensive lineman.
Aaron Rodgers is young and the key to Green Bay's success for the next five years, at least. Securing the offensive line so that he is safe is going to be a No. 1 concern for the Packers, who really don't have any other huge holes to fill.
Sherrod is going to be one fine player in this league and Rodgers will definitely learn to appreciate him.
The Packers can use a promising, young defensive tackle and if Austin is available in the second round, the Packers should be very happy. Austin is a big guy at 6'3'' and 310 pounds, but moves relatively well for a guy his size and knows how to get to the quarterback.
Austin had four sacks to go along with 42 tackles in 2009. He was ineligible to play last season because of an investigation for receiving improper benefits from UNC.
Had he played, he might have moved into the first round, but he'll be a steal if he's sitting there late in the second.
At this point in the draft, the Packers will be able to take risks. They are not low at any position and are in great shape going into the year.
I think a player like Tandon Doss will be a very interesting pick for the Packers. He's 6'3'' and has been gaining weight since his freshman year to fill out his body. He's now a decent 205 pounds and growing.
Doss had 63 receptions last season for 706 yards and seven touchdowns. He has the ability to wow you and make big plays. He's a huge body and could really excel with Rodgers as his quarterback and from playing in the Green Bay offense.
In the fourth round, I think the Packers are going to select Nate Irving from North Carolina State. Irving was a four-year player with the Wolfpack and he is very coachable. His experience at the inside linebacker position is going to be very appealing to the Pack management.
A player like Irving could end up being a steal because he was such a highly productive player in college. Irving racked up 89 tackles in 2010 and has proven in past years that he can intercept passes.
Irving would be a nice fit—especially this late in the draft.
As it gets later in the draft, it's tough to find players that can be potential stars. In my opinion, Brown will be a major upside pick way down here. He has the ability to become a very good NFL cornerback. He may never be a No. 1, but he could be very valuable guarding opposing teams' slot receivers.
Brown has never been one to intercept many passes, but he is a good cover corner and a good open field tackler. He has the ability to disrupt the routes of his opponents by being physical and he is very, very quick.
Markus White is a big guy who may never be a starter in the NFL, but he could very well be a solid backup.
A lot of scouts believe that once he works with NFL trainers he could play more than one position on the defensive line. Having a guy like that would be a luxury for a team looking to win Super Bowls.
White is very mobile for a guy who is 6'4'' and with a couple of years of playing with NFL players and learning from the coaches, this could be a great value pick for the Packers.
Way down here in the seventh round, if McElroy is available, I would think that the Packers would draft him in a second.
Until this season, McElroy had never lost a game that he started. The guy knows how to win ball games and he manages the field very well. He may not have the skills that other quarterbacks possess, but as a backup he could really find his niche.
Last season, McElroy passed for 2,987 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also only threw five interceptions. The guy is a gamer and if he is available in the seventh round—roll tide!