There's a lot to be optimistic about with new Packers first-round draft choice Derek Sherrod.
He's an athletic offensive lineman that supposedly didn't give up a single sack his junior or senior seasons in the uber-competitive SEC.
He's an individual of outstanding character.
And he might be the long-term replacement to Chad Clifton at left tackle.
But of the things Sherrod purportedly is not is a great run blocker.
According to Sports Illustrated draft expert Tony Pauline, he wrote of Sherrod's "negative" qualities at DraftInsider.net, "Possesses average strength at the point of attack and struggles to finish off opponents. Much better pass protector than run blocker."
A similar analysis comes from the National Football Post, presumably from draft guru Wes Bunting.
Sherrod's scouting report states, "Looks natural on the move, is quickly able to get out of the second level, drop his pad level and hit a moving target. But isn't overly dominant on contact.
"Allows defenders to work their way off his blocks and doesn't have the type of power or mental makeup to simply lock out and drive opposing linebackers into the dirt. Needs to do a better job with his hand placement on contact in the run game as well. Too often keeps his hands too low when asked to engage and can be easily swatted on at the point."
The argument can be made that by selecting Sherrod, Ted Thompson has allowed the Packers' run game to stagnate.
For a team that ranked 24th in the NFL averaging 100.4 rushing yards per game last season and tied for 25th in the league averaging 3.8 yards per carry, the Packers could use some help.
They had an opportunity to bolster the running game mere selections before they were on the clock.
When former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram slipped all the down to the 28th pick, the Packers declined to trade up and take the running back. Instead the New Orleans Saints traded forward to scoop him up.
When bruising tackle Gabe Carimi––who paved the way for Wisconsin's prolific ground game––slipped to no. 29, the Packers stayed the course. Instead the NFC North rival Chicago Bears grabbed him.
Maybe Sherrod will be better than expected.
Perhaps the tandem of Ryan Grant and James Starks will re-invigorate the Packers' lowly rushing attack.
Possibly they'll draft another offensive lineman later today that can be a road grader at left guard.
None of those are a given.
On the surface, the Packers appear to have more of the same along the offensive line. Right guard Josh Sitton is known for his prowess in the run game, but that's about it.
Chad Clifton and Daryn Colledge are pretty darn good at protecting the passer, although their game might be described as a little more finesse, as far as offensive linemen are concerned.
Colledge may leave Green Bay via free agency, but the options to replace him don't look any more appetizing. T.J. Lang, Marshall Newhouse and Nick McDonald are all possibilities, but none of them could beat out Colledge for the job a year ago.
The Packers won the Super Bowl with a bottom third run game in 2010, and there's every chance they'll be able to do so again.
But if you're looking for the downside in drafting Sherrod and not looking to trade up, there you have it.
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