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2011 NFL Draft Grades: How the Green Bay Packers Can Earn an 'A' in Round 1

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IJune 24, 2016

2011 NFL Draft Grades: How the Green Bay Packers Can Earn an 'A' in Round 1

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    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 Wild
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    2011 NFL Draft Grades, what the Green Bay Packers can do to earn an 'A'

    Despite the 2011 NFL Draft being only a few hours away it's still unclear what many teams will do with their first round pick.

    Which means that, since the Packers currently sit in the No. 32 spot on the draft board, it's unclear who will be available when they pick.

    But that doesn't mean we can't have an idea.

    So let's take a look at what would constitute an 'A' grade for the Packers, or worse.

What They Need to Do to Earn an 'A'

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive end Brooks Reed #42 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after stopping the USC Trojans on the final play on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won 21-17.  (Photo by Ste
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    If Green Bay wants to earn an 'A' draft grade by my standards, here's what they'll need to do:

    • Select a good pass-rushing outside linebacker
    • Select a blocker eating defensive end

    Here's a few players who would give Green Bay an 'A' for the first round:

    • Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
    • Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
    • Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
    • Cameron Heyward, DE, OSU
    • Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple

What They Could Do to Earn a 'B'

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Running back Mark Ingram of Alabama looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Here's what the Packers could do to earn a 'B' grade for the first round:

    • Select the best player available

    Here's some possible options:

    • Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
    • Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
    • Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

What They Could Do to Earn a 'C'

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    Here's what the Packers could do to earn a 'C' in the first round

    • Select an offensive lineman
    • Select a corner back

    Here's some possible players they could select to earn a 'C':

    • Danny Watkins, G/T, Baylor
    • Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi
    • Nate Solder, T, Colorado
    • Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
    • Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

What They Could Do to Earn a 'D'

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29: Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson #86 South Team scores a touchdwon against the North Team during the second quarter of the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo by Sean Gar
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    Here's what the Packers could do to earn a 'D' draft grade:

    • Reach for a wide receiver

    Here's some players that could possibly lead to the Packers earning a 'D' grade for the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft:

    • Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
    • Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

What They Could Do to Earn an 'F'

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson answers questions during a media session at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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    Here's what the Packers could do to earn an 'F' for the first round of the draft:

    • Trade out of the first round

    The Packers don't have that many needs that they have to address this year in the draft, so trading out of the first round to gain extra picks would just lower the likelihood of the players even making the team.

    They have a good team right now, they should just look to improve it however they can in the first round.

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