2011 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers Get Their Back, Alex Green Headed to Lambeau

J FCorrespondent IApril 29, 2011

With their third-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, No. 96 overall, the Green Bay Packers added Alexander Green from Hawaii to their uncertain backfield.

It remains to be seen if Ryan Grant will return to his prior form after his injury and if second-year back, James Starks, can consistently put up the numbers he did last postseason.

Alex Green will add depth at the position for the Pack, who will likely be waving goodbye to Brandon Jackson in the near future, and some scouts predict he will have an immediate impact as a rookie.

The 230 lb. senior rushed for 1,199 yards and 18 TDs playing in the Western Athletic Conference last season.

The Packers missed out on RB Mark Ingram in the first round and other possible backfield prospects like Ryan Williams and Mikel Leshoure in the second round.

However, Ted Thompson was able to select a suitable back late in the third round. Green has the size to be a powerful downhill runner and he's also capable of catching passes. Although he's a big guy, he can avoid tackles and explode upfield.

Alex Green is not to be confused with Ahman Green, Green Bay's all-time leading rusher, but the team hopes he can become an elite runner like the former Packers back with whom he shares his last name.

Green could become the third-down option for the offense in his debut season if he performs well and will join Randall Cobb among the new threats in Mike McCarthy's high powered offense.