NFL Scouting Outlines the Packers' Picks

NFL Scouting's Michael DiJulio provides a breakdown of each of the Packers' 10 draft choices. This is barely even a sneak peek at the official scouting reports that we'll be running over the next week (and kicked off on Monday with Derek Sherrod).

First round: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

As the saying goes, "the rich get richer." That was certainly the case Thursday evening when the Super Bowl champions saw one of the draft's best left tackle prospects fall to them at the end of the first round. With the last pick of Day 1, Green Bay selected Derek Sherrod, a three-year starter at left tackle for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Sherrod has the athletic ability to be an excellent protector of Aaron Rodgers' blindside for years to come. From a measurable standpoint, Sherrod owns the long arms and big hands teams look for in an offensive tackle. He possesses nimble feet and agility to mirror speed rushers off the edge, and displays good technique and hand usage. In the ground game, Sherrod isn't a driving run blocker, but has good position in sealing off holes. This will work in his favor while playing in Green Bay's the zone-blocking scheme. The addition of Sherrod gives the Packers a long-term solution at left tackle whenever Chad Clifton finally decides to hang up the cleats. It also allows Bryan Bulaga to stay at right side.

Second round: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

Randall Cobb is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands and offers versatility to contribute in multiple facets of the game. As a receiver, he possesses excellent run-after-the-catch ability with elusive shiftiness and open-field burst. He owns a good set of hands and shows toughness when catching the ball over the middle. Cobb's skill-set spills over into the return game as well, where he displays the vision to consistently give the offense good field position. Cobb should be able to contribute immediately in the return game and working out of the slot.

Third round: Alex Green, RB, Hawaii

Alex Green is the no-nonsense runner that can excel in Green Bay's zone-blocking scheme, as he is a downhill tailback that bursts through the hole without hesitation. Although he's a bigger back that gives the Packers a nice power option, Green is surprisingly nimble for his size and flashes quick feet. The most underrated aspect of Green's game is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He displays a soft pair of hands and can be an asset on third-down next season.

Fourth round: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

From a measurable standpoint, Davon House fits what the Packers look for in a cornerback. He possesses a good combination of size and length and plays physically at the line of scrimmage. House excels in press coverage and can re-route receivers with his strength. House also reads the quarterback well in zone coverage and gets his hands on a lot of passes. He will take some time to develop, as he played against lesser competition, but offers a lot of upside and value in the fourth round.

Fifth round: D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas

Williams makes a lot of sense as a luxury pick for a team like Green Bay. He's undersized and isn't your classic inline tight end, but works hard as a run blocker despite his size. He's an excellent receiver with a great pair of hands and knows how to get open. Williams is a solid route runner with the savvy to find soft spots in the middle of the zone. He could wind up being a productive option early in an H-back role.

Sixth round: Caleb Schlauderaff, G, Utah

Schlauderaff lacks long arms or a good wing span, but has a barrel chest, wide hips and waist, a soft mid-section, thick thighs and calves and large, powerful hands to lock on, jerk and steer his opponent away from the play. Schlauderaff is an excellent technician who plays with extreme aggression, but also knows how to operate within the rules. He is alert to stunts and blitzes and shows good ease of movement setting up in pass protection. He plays with a search-and-destroy mind-set.

Sixth round: D.J. Smith, ILB, Appalachian State

Smith is like a poor man's London Fletcher. Although he lacks even average size, he makes up for it with hustle and effort. Smith was an absolute tackling machine for App State. Take one look at his numbers and it's easy to see why Green Bay would be willing to take a chance on him late in the draft (over 100 tackles in each of his four seasons). He'll likely play inside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 scheme but must contribute on special teams to make the roster.

Sixth round: Ricky Elmore, OLB, Arizona

Many had projected the Packers to select Arizona's Brooks Reed early in the draft, but instead the team chose the guy that lined up opposite him. Like Reed, Elmore plays with relentless energy. He's quick off the snap and is constantly hustling to the quarterback, flashing enough speed to take the edge on occasion. Although he lacks great strength, Elmore will convert to outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme and won't have to anchor in the trenches quite as much.

Seventh round: Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina

Every team can use a guy like Ryan Taylor. He's undersized, but brings a "lunch pail" attitude and leaves it all on the field. Taylor is a physical player with an aggressive style and flashes some ability as a receiver. Green Bay already stated they plan on keeping him at tight end. Considering the team's depth at that position, Taylor's selection is likely due to his prowess on special teams, where he was honored several times at UNC.

Seventh round: Lawrence Guy, DE, Arizona State

Guy possesses excellent size and will convert to defensive end in the Packers' 3-4 alignment. He moves well for his size and can be disruptive with his quickness off the snap. He's also strong at the point of attack and helped anchor one of the nation's best rushing defenses this past season. Guy offers a lot of value late in the draft and could develop into a quality rotational defensive end.


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