Green Bay Packers: Projecting The 2011 Top 5 Draft Selections

Anthony BonnetCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2011

Green Bay Packers: Projecting The 2011 Top 5 Draft Selections

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Noel Devine #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    There are many key talents who are hitting free agency for the Packers this off season, including Cullen Jenkins and Daryn Colledge. If Ted Thompson lets them go to other teams, the Packers will need to replace them.

    Who will the Packers select in the 2011 Draft? Clay Matthews' young brother, Casey Matthews? Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram?

    Proceed to see who I think the Packers will select in this upcoming draft.

    (Please note, this slide show somewhat goes with the other Packers article that I released the other day:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/569075-nine-people-who-may-not-be-with-the-packers-in-2011 )


Fifth Round: Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia Mountaineers

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    ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountineers hands the ball off to Noel Devine #7 during the Champs Sports Bowl against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Orlando, Florid
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    Many people are calling for a running back in the first couple rounds for Green Bay, but I don't see it, especially after James Starks emerged as at least a back-up to Ryan Grant next season. Noel Devine is a speedy guy who can catch balls out of the back field, which would be a great fit for this already potent Packer offense.

Fourth Round: Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada Wolf Pack

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Dontay Moch #55 and Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack hold up the trophy after they beat Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezr
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    Moch is one of the most athletic linebackers in college football. He's a speedy guy who has a motor to get to the quarterback quickly. He's a defensive end in college, but is too small to be one at the professional level. He'd be able to lock up the other OLB spot opposite Clay Matthews with ease.

Third Round: Terrance Toliver, WR, LSU Tigers

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Terrance Toliver #80 of the Louisiana State University Tigers fails to pull in this reception against Cory Reamer #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by
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    Toliver is a great prospect coming out of LSU. He's tall at 6'5" and has great potential; he just needs to run routes better. Many think he will do well in the NFL because of his height, and will catch a lot of touchdowns. He's great at running streak routes and towers over most defensive backs, similar to Randy Moss. 

    Many people will disagree with taking a wide receiver this high in the draft, but you don't pass up on talent like this. If we get him, I would have no problem letting James Jones go in free agency in the off season. He'd be the replacement for Driver after he retires.

Second Round: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado Buffaloes

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    AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Cornerback Jimmy Smith #3 of the Colorado Buffaloes picks up the loose ball which was knocked out of the hand of quarterback Colt McCoy of the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter  on October 10, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Me
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    A big, solid cornerback who is a physical football player. He has a ton of upside and does well in man coverage. He does well against the run, and could give us a player who plays like a Charles Woodson and Al Harris combined.

First Round: Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU Horned Frogs

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    Cannon is an offensive tackle in college football, who usually dominates defenders who come his way. He's athletic enough to play either tackle or guard, and has quick feet to stop even the quickest opponent. He's excellent in pass blocking and also does really well run blocking. 

    He could be played immediately at the left guard spot if we let Daryn Colledge go, and could take over for Chad Clifton at the left tackle spot after he retires. 

    This would mean an offensive tackle in the first round in two consecutive years for the Packers, but with Tauscher's play declining, Clifton not being able to stay healthy, and both aging, Cannon and Bulaga could form one of the best tackle duos for years to come.