NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Green Bay Packers Day 3 Analysis
It's been an interesting draft for the Green Bay Packers, who came into this draft with no glaring holes on their roster.
It was really up to Ted Thompson to pick whoever he liked most of the players on the board with no huge needs to address.
I think he did a nice job all draft, and Day 3 was no exception.
Green Bay used their first pick of Day 3 to select New Mexico State corner back Davon House.
House is a speedster, and I think this was a decent pick. Any time you give a corner a chance to learn behind one of the greatest corners of all-time—Charles Woodson—you're putting him in position to succeed.
As Woodson gets older, it should be nice to get some more depth, House brings that.
Don't expect the second coming of Sam Shields, but expect a good future nickle back.
I give this pick a B+ grade.
With their second pick of the day, the Packers decided to go with a TE. Because, you know, having three tight ends under the age of 25 wasn't enough, so Green Bay added another one.
They got Arkansas tight end D.J Williams.
I think Williams will be a good TE in this league, and I think he's a great person, but I'm not sure where he fits in.
You'd normally like your fifth round pick to make the team, and I'm sure Williams will, but what do you do with Tom Crabtree now?
Crabtree played well down the stretch last season, and it will likely come down to him and Williams for the third tight end spot.
I give this pick a C, because in my mind, all it does is complicate things.
With their third pick on Day 3, Green Bay picked Utah OG Caleb Schlauderaff.
I don't know much about Schlauderaff, but what I can tell you is that it certainly doesn't hurt Green Bay to pick up a guard.
It's uncertain whether or not Daryn Colledge will be back next season, so picking up a guard in the sixth round was a pretty solid decision.
With their second pick in the sixth round and fourth Day 3 pick overall, the Packers went with App. St. LB D.J Smith.
I don't really get this pick, Smith is a better fit as a 4-3 outside linebacker than anything. Plus, why would the Packers go with anything but a pass-rushing outside linebacker if they were going to take a linebacker?
It's already crowded enough in the Packers linebacking corps with Nick Barnett, Desmond Bishop, A.J Hawk and Brandon Chillar. Smith doesn't have the pass-rush skills to play outside in Green Bay's system; am I missing something here?
I don't get this pick at all. D-.
With their third pick of the sixth round, the Green Bay Packers made a great pick by picking up Arizona defensive end Rick Elmore.
He'll probably be an outside linebacker for the Packers.
Either way, the Packers finally got the pass-rusher I've been waiting for them to get. Elmore obviously isn't on the same level as guys like Brooks Reed and Akeem Ayers that went rounds earlier, but if you put him opposite Clay Matthews, he should be able to produce.
I'm not sure he's an improvement over Erik Walden or Frank Zombo, but he's worth a look. I'll give Thompson an A for this pick, because this guy was an animal in college, and he could be our next Aaron Kampman.
With their first pick of the seventh round, the Packers went tight end AGAIN. They already had an elite tight end and two perfectly adequate backups on the roster, yet they pick two more here on Day 3.
The pick is UNC TE Ryan Taylor, and I won't even waste your time breaking down why he is or isn't a good fit; we have too many damn tight ends!
This gets an F; sorry, Ted.
With their final pick of the draft, Green Bay picked Arizona State DT Lawrence Guy.
Green Bay had a mini-need on the d-line coming into this draft, and I don't think Guy is the answer, but you never know.
This pick gets a B-.
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