The 76th NFL draft is history and on the link below, you'll hear from Head Coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson on the addition of 10 new players to the Green Bay Packers roster. Here's the roll call for the class of 2011:
1. Derek Sherrod Offensvie Tackle, Mississippi State. The Packers have visions of him becomming an anchor for the next decade, along with last year's number one Brian Bulaga, just the way Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher did beginning in 2000.
2. Randall Cobb Jr Wide Receiver, Kentucky. He'll catch passes, 84 last year with the Wildcats, but he'll also be the first draft choice to make an immediate impact as the primary return man on special teams, a major need addressed.
3. Alex Green Running Back, Hawaii. An interesting choice what with Ryan Grant, James Starks and Brandon Jackson in the fold. He played in a run and shoot spread offense and cracked weak WAC defenses for 1199 yards and 8 yards a pop in his only season as a starter.
4. Davon House Defensive Back, New Mexico State. Maybe the best player on a horrible team, very good size and dangerous with the ball, averaging over 42 yards on 11 career interceptions, three for touchdowns in his career. He idolized Tramon Williams and should push the likes of Jarrett Bush, Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood severely.
5. D.J. Williams Tight End, Arkansas. Short and thick with big hands and even bigger heart. The John Mackey Award winner as the nation's best tight end, led the Razorbacks with 54 catches. The Packers love his hands and versatility. Fans will love his background, escaping with his mother and 2 sisters from an abusive father now in prison, he counsels kids on how to perservere.
6A Caleb Schlauderaff Guard, Utah. A tall, thin interior lineman who started 49 of 52 games at left guard for the Utes. He needs some work but could push more experienced and expensive veterans aside.
6B D.J. Smith Linebacker, Appalachian State. He says he's 5-11 on a good day, 5-10 and a half on the others but all he did was pile up tackles for the Division 1AA national champions. Over 500 tackles in his career and he's lost only 6 games since his freshman year in high school. Projected to be an inside, weakside backer in the 3-4.
6C Ricky Elmore Linebacker, Arizona. His best friend, Brooks Reed was picked in round two and who had more sacks for the Wildcats last year? It was Elmore playing defensive end. He'll be a stand up outside linebacker for the Pack in what will be a very spririted competition this summer.
7A Ryan Taylor Tight End, North Carolina. Another tight end? Really played only one season but set a school record for tight end receptions with 36. Was a special teams captain in 2008 and after missing his junior year with a knee injury, captained the unit again last year.
7B Lawrence Guy Defensive Line, Arizona State. 6-5 and 300 is what caught the Packers' eye and he's just a junior coming out. A big man with a big upside they hope.
Now here's what the coach and GM had to say about this year's group and what lies ahead in the NFL.