Packers 2011 Draft: First Round Wishlist
Ted Thompson has surprised Packers’ fans with his first pick on draft day on many occasion, whether it was Aaron Rodgers in 2005, Justin Harrell in 2006, or even Jordy Nelson in 2008. But if there’s one thing that brilliant sterling silver Vince Lombardi Trophy has taught us, it’s to never doubt the White Wizard.
That being said, one can only assume the Packers’ first pick will either be an offensive lineman, a defensive end, or an outside linebacker.
Here’s a wish list Packers’ fans should hope for on draft day with the 32nd pick in the first round. These are all realistic projections (aka, outside linebacker Von Miller is probably at the top of the Packers’ draft board, but there’s a zero percent chance he is there when the Packers pick. The same goes for Tyron Smith, etc.) This also assumes the Packers keep their first round pick, which we know Thompson very well might not do.
1. Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: There are a few tackles on the board who could fall in the draft, just like Bryan Bulaga did last season, but Solder would top the list. I project Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi to be gone at this point, but Solder, Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo, and guard Danny Watkins could be around. Solder is a prototypical bookend left tackle and would allow Bulaga to stay at right tackle. The two also could be interchangeable and would give the Packers their tackles for the future, which is just as important as any position in keeping Aaron Rodgers standing. Add Castonzo to this top part, as a left tackle would do wonders at No. 32.
2. Mike Pouncey, C, Florida: His brother Maurkice putting together a Pro Bowl rookie season means he shouldn’t fall to No. 32, but if he does the Packers would have a star in the making. He’s versatile enough to play either guard position, and probably would move to left guard to replace Daryn Colledge. He has all the tools inside and should be just as good as his older brother.
3. Cameron Jordan, DE, California:
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