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NFL Draft 2011: Should the Green Bay Packers Draft Brooks Reed?

TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is sacked by Brooks Reed #42 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 27, 2011

Coming off a Super Bowl victory, the Green Bay Packers have a few needs that need to be addressed.

One of those needs is at outside linebacker.

Sure, Clay Matthews owns one of the outside linebacker spots, but the other is completely up for grabs.

Erik Walden, Brad Jones and Frank Zombo are expected to do battle for that spot, but I'm thinking Green Bay would like to improve on those guys.

Enter Brooks Reed.

The kid from Arizona is a stud, and he's been skyrocketing up draft boards of late.

He may not be the biggest kid on the playground, but Reed is the hardest working.

He has the best motor of any defensive player in the draft, and he has long blond hair. Sound familiar?

That's right, many people are calling Reed the Clay Matthews of this draft. But that's probably unfair.

Reed is no college walk-on. He's also not as big or strong as Matthews, but then again, how many people really are?

Clay Matthews has proved himself to be a great teammate and all-around guy in his two years in Green Bay. If you don't think he would take a hard-working, long-haired, pass-rushing outside linebacker under his wing and make him the best possible player he can be, you're crazy.

Same goes for outside linebacker's coach and former long-haired pass-rusher Kevin Greene.

Which is why I think Green Bay should make Brooks Reed a Packer.

Because, even if he's not the talent that Clay Matthews was—and he probably never will be—he could still become a pretty disruptive pass-rushing threat playing across from a guy as talented as Matthews.

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