The Packers are once again Super Bowl champions. But in order for us to repeat, and to create an everlasting dynasty, Ted and Mike are gonna need to get a good draft this year.
I'll give you guys my opinion of some players I think Ted Thompson should target in the 2011 NFL draft.
And I also wanna hear what you guys have to say. SO COMMENT!
#32 overall. Look for an offensive lineman, or an addition to the defensive front 7.
J.J. Watt, DE Wisconsin- Why wouldn't we be targeting Watt? He's a Badger, so we all know him. But that's not the point. The point is Watt is big and strong enough to get penetration to stop the run, as well as collapse the pocket. He played 4-3 DE in college, but scouts say he would be a good fit for a 3-4 DE. The Packers don't have a serious need at DL, but they could lose Jenkins to free agency and Jolly is a big question mark. Watt would be the Best Player available if he dropped to #32 pick.
Tyron Smith OT USC- I've heard alot about Smith. Some say he's a top-15 talent, some say he should fall to the 2nd round. I've often heard he's not quite NFL ready, that he would take a season on the bench to prepare. Well I think Clifton's knees can hang in there one more year, and we still have T.J. Lang who isn't bad (and he's young). If Smith can use his rookie season to learn how to play the NFL game, he should be our starting LT in 2012.
Justin Houston OLB Georgia- I think that if Zombo, Brad Jones, Poppinga, and Walden all come back healthy next season, we will have plenty of depth at OLB. But we won't have one guy who stands above the rest as a real threat rushing the passer and overall just making plays. Houston can flat out make plays, as he had 10 sacks and 18.5 TFLs his senior season. He also recovered 2 fumbles and picked off a pass.
And if one of them were to fall to us, we should take a true ready Tackle like Derek Sherrod, Gabe Carimi, or Anthony Castonzo in a heartbeat. I also would like Mike Pouncey here to address our need at guard.
Who Ted decides to draft in the 2nd round depends alot on who they go with in the first. If he goes defense in the first round, he definitely needs to address the offensive line. If he went O-line in the first, look for a DL or LB in the 2nd (again its the final pick of the round).
Marcus Cannon OT/OG TCU- Cannon will likely play guard in the NFL, but we know that he can play tackle if needed. Cannon looked pretty good in the Rose Bowl.
Allen Bailey DE/DT Miami (FL)- Bailey's stock has dropped like a lead balloon the last few weeks, as mocks that once had him in the 1st round now have him going in the late 2nd-early 3rd. He still is talented with good upside, and would play 3-4 DE.
Others to watch for...
Demarcus Love OT Arkansas
Dontay Moch OLB Nevada
DeAndre McDaniel SS Clemson
In these rounds, good GMs dont try to fill needs as much as just get good, high-value football players.
Tandon Doss WR/KR Indiana- Doss isn't only a good reciever, he can run back kicks and punts. We don't have anyone to return kicks, so Doss could do it as a rookie. Driver is declining, he could only have 1 more season in the tank, and James Jones is a FA who could move. Doss would definitely be 3rd round.
Casey Matthews LB Oregon- Matthews tough, hard-working football player. He is phenomenal at tackling, its rare to see him miss one. He doesn't have the explosiveness or size that his brother has, but I would like to see us pull the trigger on a guy who will undoubtedly help out on special teams and add LB depth in the 3rd or 4th round.
Stephen Schilling OG Michigan- Brandon Jackson isn't a great back, but a big reason we couldn't run the ball at the beginning of the season was because of our guards. More specifically, Daryn Colledge. Sitton was solid all year, but Colledge was a liabilty in both run blocking and pass blocking. He will likely walk in free agency, and Schilling can help out at gaurd.
Ras-I Dowling CB/S Virginia- Dowling played corner in college, but his size (6'2 205) makes a case for him to possibly switch to safety. Any good football coach would say, you can't have too many secondary players. His stock dropped after missing his senior season due to injury, but he should be able to rebound.
Keep an eye on...
John Moffitt OG Wisconsin
Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson (TT has apparently expressed interest in Jenkins).
Shane Vereen RB California (quickness. Starks and Grant aren't necessarily quick).
Cecil Shorts III, WR/All-purpose Mount Union
Terrell Mclain DT South Florida- McClain had a good Senior Bowl, and at 305 lbs can be an option to put in the middle if there are injuries to Raji and Pickett.
Dane Sanzenbacher WR Ohio State- I think Sanzenbacher would be of great value in the 6th round. He isn't very fast for his size (5'11 185), but his route-running and catching ability make up for his average speed.
Noel Devine RB West Virginia- We have no quick backs on the roster. We also have no legit, consistent returner. Devine has been returning kicks since he was a freshman (averaged 23.2 yards per return).
Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State- add depth to the O-line.
More names that I think could stick on the roster and make contributions down the road. Some of these guys will go undrafted and would be options as undrafted free agent signings.
Derek Hall OT Stanford
Karl Klug DT/DE Iowa
T.J. Yates QB North Carolina (if we do trade Flynn).
Zac Etherridge SS Auburn
Tejay Johnson FS TCU
Ryan Bartholomew G/C Syracuse
Justin Rogers CB/KR Richmond
I obviously didn't list every possiblilty, but these are just guys that I think are good players and would fit well in our organization.
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