NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Green Bay Packers Final Report Card

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 30, 2011

NFL Draft 2011 Grades: Green Bay Packers Final Report Card

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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 13:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Commonwealth Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 38-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Get
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    NFL Draft Grades 2011: Green Bay Packers Final Report Card

    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 whomever he liked most of the players on the board with no huge needs to address.

    I think he did a nice job all draft, but he did make a few questionable picks.

    Let's see what he did right and wrong; here's the Green Bay Packers' final 2011 NFL Draft report card.

Rd. 1 (32): Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 15:  J.C. Brignone #70 and Derek Sherrod #79of the Mississippi State Bulldogs get ready on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 15, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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    Grade: B+

    I like this pick, I'm just not sure I love it.

    Sherrod was the best tackle available, which was a need for Green Bay, but I would have liked to see Brooks Reed or Akeem Ayers here.

    Still, Sherrod should be a future starter at one of the tackle positions so I can't really complain.

    This was a good pick, but not a great one.

Rd. 2 (64): Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 13:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Commonwealth Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 38-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Get
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    Grade: A-

    The more and more I think about this pick, the more and more I like it.

    Randall Cobb has been compared to Percy Harvin, which I think is unfair. Harvin is a lot faster than Cobb.

    If I had to compare Cobb to somebody it would be the New York Jets' (for now) Brad Smith. Like Cobb, he played a little quarterback in college, but is now a pro wide receiver.

    Neither has blazing speed yet they're both effective in the kick return and receiving games. They can also both run the wildcat.

    If Cobb turns out to be anything like Smith, Harvin or anywhere in between I think I can live with this pick.

Rd. 3 (96): Alexander Green, RB, Hawaii

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    Grade: B

    I give this pick a B not because I question whether or not Green will become a good NFL running back, but because I'm not sure where he fits in the crowded Green Bay backfield.

    Alex Green is essentially a bigger version of Brandon Jackson, who will not be back next season. He should be a good third-down back in the league one day.

    The only problem is that not only do the Packers have two stud running backs in Ryan Grant (whom I hope they hold onto) and James Starks, but they also have three fullbacks, including John Kuhn who is the guy on third and short.

    We'll have to wait and see what happens, but right now I simply don't see where he fits in.

Rd. 4 (131): Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

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    Grade: B+

    Green Bay used their first pick of Day 3 to select New Mexico St. 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.

Rd. 5 (141): D.J Williams, TE, Arkansas

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  D.J. Williams #45 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs after a catch in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Phot
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    Grade: C

    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 a C because in my mind all it does is complicate things.

Rd. 6 (179): Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah

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    EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 19: Brandon Bair #88 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after the Ducks recovered a fumble as Caleb Schlauderaff #72 of the Utah Utes walks to the sidelines during the second quarter at Autzen Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Eugene, Or
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    Grade: B

    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.

Rd. 6 (186): D.J Smith, LB, App. St.

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    Grade: D-

    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-.

Rd. 6 (197): Rick Elmore, DE/OLB, Arizona

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    Elmore (left) and Arizona teammate Brooks Reed (right)
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    Grade: A

    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, but we'll see.

    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 new Aaron Kampman.

Rd. 7 (218): Ryan Taylor, TE, UNC

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    CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23:  (L-R) Ryan Taylor #49, Melik Brown #58, Patrick Marsh #63 and Nick Starcevic #43 of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels line up at the line of scrimmage against the Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006
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    Grade: F

    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.

Rd. 7 (233): Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

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    Grade: B-

    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.


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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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    Grade: B+

    While the Packers made some questionable picks during this draft (picking two more tight ends, anyone?) overall it was a success.

    I love the Ricky Elmore and Randall Cobb picks the most.

    I think Green Bay wasted a few picks this year, but they can afford to.

    Overall, Thompson had a good draft, but it wasn't the best he's ever had.