2011 NFL Mock Draft: Green Bay Packers Hope Justin Houston Complements Matthews
Justin Houston and Clay Matthews could make the best OLB tandem in the NFL
The Packers rarely miss in the draft. Some may think the most important person in their building is Aaron Rodgers, but I assure you, it’s Ted Thompson. The guy sure does know how to pick superstars and sets the bar for talent evaluation amongst GMs in the NFL.
Clay Matthews slipped to Green Bay and the Packers watched him evolve into one of the most feared pass rushers in all of football. Matthews single-handedly took over games and could have made a case for being the best defender in football last season.
The Packers need a guy to go on the other side of him. Justin Houston is the best all-around outside linebacker left and Dom Capers could use a guy to take some of the attention away from Matthews. The one two punch of Houston and Matthews makes for a long day for opposing quarterbacks.
Akeem Ayers could also be a natural look. The choice between Ayers and Houston may come down to how the Packers intend to utilize this pick in coverage. It may be fair to assume that Houston would be a downgrade from Ayers as an all-around football player, but he could have the upper hand in terms of pass rush.
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|1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB|
2. Denver Broncos: Marcel Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, OLB
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR
17. New England Patriots: J.J Watt, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB|
6. Cleveland Browns: Robert Quinn,DE/OLB
7. San Francisco: Patrick Peterson, CB
8. Tennessee Titans: Julio Jones
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, DT|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Corey Liuget, DT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB
24. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Clayborn
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, CB|
10. Washington Redskins: Jake Locker, QB
11. Houston Texans: Prince Amukamara, CB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Castonzo, OT
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Derek Sherrod, OT|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Aaron Williams, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward, DE
28. New England Patriots: Mark Ingram, RB
|13. Detroit Lions: Da'Quan Bowers, DE|
14. St. Louis Rams: Nick Fairley, DT
15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, G/C
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Jordan, DE
|29. Chicago Bears: Nate Solder, OT|
30. New York Jets: Brooks Reed, OLB
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Justin Houston, OLB
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