I love it. We start off at #32 by addressing our biggest need with Derek Sherrod, a LT with a 1st round grade by almost everyone. 4 year starter in the at Mississipi St, worked out well, should be starting in 2012 after Cliffy retires. He is very intelligent, and a very bright man according to ESPNs draft coverage crew.
Next is Randall Cobb, a 5'11" 190 lbs wide receiver/running back/kick/punt returner/wildcat QB from Kentucky, a great pick in my opinion. I watched Kentucky play once this past year, and he was a one-man-show for a team competeing in the SEC. Jones could be gone by the time FA rolls around, and Driver's years are getting shorter.
3rd round, Thompson surprises us all with Alex Green, a RB from Hawaii. I think this is a bit of a reach, but if he turns into a great player than it doesn't matter. Green is pretty big at 6' 220, but isn't a power back. He ran a 4.45 at the combine and showed good burst. He also has solid hands (27 catches in 2010) and should be a good pass blocker since he played at "pass happy" Hawaii. He led the nation at 8.2 YPC. Seems like an option as 3rd down running back. Video after the jump.
D.J. Williams is a great pick in the 5th. The 6'2" 245 lb Tight End won the Mackey Award at Arkansas. He has great, smooth hands and runs very well. He opens up holes to help the running game, and even has played fullback before and could play some FB for us.
6th round- Caleb Schlauderdaff, G, Utah, a guy I don't really know anything about but he addresses a need, and I trust Ted for getting good talent late in the draft. Same goes for D.J. Smith, an OLB from Appalachian State. Smith should be able to contribute on Spec Teams at the least. And our last 6th round pick, Ricky Elmore, looks like a good one. A DE from Arizona, will play OLB for us at 255 lbs. He led the Pac-10 with 10.5 sacks last season. Looks like a potential late-round gem.
In the final round, Ted gets a TE/FB (2 positions he loves to stock up on) from N Carolina, Ryan Taylor. The 6'3" 254 guy played offense, defense, and spec teams in college. Then comes a 305-lb DT, Lawrence Guy. The experts on ESPN covering the draft seem to love this guy, saying he is a 4th or 5th round talent who just happened to be available late.
All in all, I think our Front Office did another excellent job on the Draft. We adressed our biggest need with our highest pick (OT), we got a much needed returner and replacement for Driver, a 3rd down RB, developmental Corner, a versatile TE with pass catching ability, and then strengthened the O-line and front 7 from then on. We missed out on a playmaker to start across the Claymaker, but we should be able to rely on Zombo and Jones if they can stay healthy. I have no problems with how it went, only a few nitpicks that are just based off of opinion. The only way the weekend could have been better was the Lions not getting such a strong draft (DL Nick Fairley, WR Titus Young, and RB Mikel LeShoure).
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has Reports for all of the picks.
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