2011 Green Bay Packers: What to Expect from the Packers First Five Draft Picks
Coming off a memorable Super Bowl victory, the Green Bay Packers are going into the 2011 season with high hopes.
As most fans know, it is very hard to retain all free agent players, especially after they all just had stellar postseasons.
The Packers are no exception, and that’s why there 2011 NFL draft was just as important as anybodies, even though it may not seem like it.
They held the 32nd overall pick, which isn’t an attention grabber, but could wind up being just as affective as any other player.
Here is a breakdown of how the Packer's first five picks will impact the team this season.
Derek Sherrod, OT
Selected: Round 1, Pick 32 (32 Overall)
An aging offensive line got a lot younger with this pick, which allows Packer fans to breathe a sigh of relief.
The offensive tackle from Mississippi State has great length and knows a lot about the game of football.
He isn’t the quickest lineman out there, but he has the ability to open up some good lanes for running backs, not to mention block for franchise player Aaron Rodgers.
His lack of lower body strength is his only big concern, but that can be fixed as he starts hitting the weight room with his new team.
Expect to see Sherrod get a good amount of playing time this season, and for him to be in a Packer’s uniform for a long time.
Randall Cobb, WR
Selected: Round 2, Pick 32 (64 Overall)
Many scouts considered Cobb one of the most versatile players in the 2011 draft class.
Sure, he isn’t the biggest wide receiver there is, but he makes up for it in other areas of his game.
Cobb could see some time at slot receiver, and will definitely get a chance to show what he can do in the kick return game.
The Packer’s won the title, but they did not do so via their kick returning, which is where Cobb comes into play.
Expect to see the former Kentucky Wildcat get some time at receiver and kick returner, with the potential to replace an aging Donald Driver down the road.
Alexander Green, RB
Selected: Round 3, Pick 32 (96 Overall)
The speedy running back out of Hawaii could have a large impact on the Packers already dominant offense.
He may run into a bit of trouble while adjusting from Hawaii’s famous spread offense, but if he can overcome that, then he has the potential to make a name for himself.
The Packers have been very unstable at running back during the past few seasons, and though they were able to become champions without a true star running back, a talented one could really put them over the top.
Provided they do not re-sign Brandon Jackson, that leaves them with injury prone Ryan Grant and inexperienced James Starks.
Expect to see Green get some carries if there are injuries to the other backs, but he could develop into a first string back.
Davon House, CB
Selected: Round 4, Pick 34 (131 Overall)
House has the skills and the size to be an effective press corner in the NFL.
A lot of scouts were concerned with the fact that he doesn’t have the best instincts, and that he doesn’t always do the best job locating the ball.
Cornerback may not seem like a major need for the Packers right now, but House fits into their defensive scheme and could become a regular starter eventually.
The Packers really like to have a lot of cornerbacks to play their sub packages, so expect to see House in the mix every now and then next season.
D.J. Williams, TE
Selected: Round 5, Pick 10 (141 Overall)
The Pack may have gotten a steal by grabbing D.J. Williams in round five.
The former Razorback was named to the All-SEC First Team while also winning the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end.
The Packers already have a solid tight end in Jermichael Finley, but he suffered from injury during most of last season and may not come back the same player.
Williams has very soft hands and is very dangerous after the catch because of his ability to break tackles.
He is also an ideal role model off the field, winning the 2010 Disney Spirit Award as the most inspirational player in college football.
Expect to see Williams get a lot of playing time this season, and add to the already dominant Packers passing attack.