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Green Bay Packers 2011 Draft Recap

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NEW YORK, NY (WTAQ) - The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers came out of the 2011 NFL Draft with a couple extra picks and help on both sides of the ball.

GM Ted Thompson made several deals during the three-day event, which saw only draft picks able to be traded for draft picks.

On Thursday's first round in primetime, the Packers made Mississppi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod the 32nd overall pick.

An All-SEC performer in both 2009 and 2010 at Mississippi State...Sherrod was an All-America candidate heading into senior campaign after starting all 12 games as a
junior in 2009, the Bulldogs leading the SEC and placing ninth nationally in
rushing with 227.6 ypg.

Part of an offensive line that allowed only 20 sacks in 2009, down from 36 the year before...Graded out as one of the top blockers for MSU consistently after stepping onto the field as a freshman in 2007 when he played in all but two of the team's 13 contests...

Not only did he produce on the gridiron, he also excelled in the classroom where he carried a GPA of 3.54 as a business major and was recognized as one of 16 2010 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Award winners.

On Friday evening, the green and gold used their 2nd round selection to draft Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb.

The 5'11", 186 pound junior was selected as an All-American First Team as the All Purpose Player. Also selected to the All-SEC First Team.

Extremely versatile and athletic player...Early entry candidate for the draft who finished junior year with over 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 84 receptions...Also rushed for 424 yards and five touchdowns.

Soft hands and great ball skills...Has exceptional speed and can create space against the defense.

With their 3rd round pick, the Packers took Hawaii running back Alex Green.

The 6'1", 225 pound Green ran for 1,199 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Warriors in 2010.

According to NFL.com: Green does not project to be an every-down back at the next level, but he is a weapon in the passing game and could contribute on third down. He has prototypical size, but he runs a bit upright and will not consistently break tackles in the NFL. He excels in the passing game, as he shows the ability to consistently get open, catches the ball away from his body and turns upfield without any wasted motion.

During Saturday's final day of the draft, the Packers traded their first 4th rounder (129th overall) and a 7th rounder (204th overall) to the Denver Broncos for a 5th rounder (141st overall) and 6th rounder (186 overall).

With their compensatory selection (131st overall), the Packers picked New Mexico State cornerback Davon House.

The 6'0", 182 pound House was a 1st team All-WAC selection. Tallied 68 tackles, 13 PBU's and three interceptions as a junior.

Battled through injuries in less productive senior season. Ran a blazing 4.35 40-yard dash at recent pro day...Has solid ball skills and the speed to stay with any receiver...Competitive player who wants to cover the best player always...A willing and capable tackler...Excels in man coverage situations.

In the 5th round, the Packers used the first of two fifth round draft picks on Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams.

The 6'2", 251 pounder won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top TE in 2010.

Williams was a First-Team All-SEC selection in 2008 and 2010. The three-year
starter at Arkansas also received the Disney Spirit Award in 2010, which is
given to the most inspirational person in college football.

A very hard worker who leads by example...Plays with a lot of aggression and is a very tough competitor...Is gifted athletically...Has great speed and burst, which
helps create separation...Soft hands and tremendous ball skills make him a
dangerous target...Can get vertical and runs smooth routes.

The Packers traded their second 5th round pick (163rd overall) to San Francisco for their 6th round (174th overall) and 7th round (231st overall) picks.

In the 6th round, the green and gold used the first of their three selections to draft Utah offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff (179th overall), which they picked up in a trade with the Miami Dolphins.

Schlauderaff, 6'4" 305 pounds, was a four-year starter for the Utes, earning 1st team All-Mountain West Conference honors and an Associated Press third team All-American choice.

The Packers then selected Appalachian State outside linebacker D.J. Smith with the second pick of the 6th round (186th overall). The 5'11", 239 pound Smith was a four-year starter, collecting over 500 tackles in his career and 7 sacks over his final three seasons.

To close out the 6th round, the Packers chose Arizona defensive lineman Ricky Elmore. The 6'5", 255 pound Elmore led the Pac-10 Conference in sacks each of the last two seasons and figures to convert to outside linebacker in the team's 3-4 defense.

In the 7th round, the Packers first picked North Carolina tight end Ryan Taylor (218th overall). Taylor, at 6'3" and 254 pounds, set a school record for most catches in a season by a TE with 36, for 330 yards and 2 TD's.

Rounding out the draft, the Packers selected Arizona State defensive tackle Lawrence Guy with their second 7th round pick (233rd overall). The 6'4", 305 pounder was a three-year starter with the Sun Devils, garnering 8 sacks and 23 tackles for loss over 31 games. He projects as a defensive end in the Packers defense.

 

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