COLUMBUS OH - SEPTEMBER 2: Quarterback Brian Anderson #12 of the Marshall Thundering Herd attempts a pass as Cameron Heyward #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes closes in at Ohio Stadium on September 2 2010 in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
With the thirty-second pick in the 2011 BGN Mock Draft, omnom96 selects...
Cameron Heyward - DT, Ohio State
The Packers are among the deepest teams in the league, winning the Lombardi Trophy despite having 15 players on IR, 6 of whom are starters. The Packers find themselves in a very fortunate place, having no glaring needs or significant depth problems. The Packers are at a place where they could truly draft the best player available. If anything, the Packers would be in need of a outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews, a defensive end, or possibly a wide receiver since James Jones is now a free agent and Donald Driver is certainly not getting any younger. However, Johnny Jolly, who was suspended all of last season because of substance abuse, has been arrested and jailed once again. It is also possible that Cullen Jenkins could leave via free agency (if it ever gets here.) This makes for defensive end being the largest need, although the Packers have enough depth that there is no need to reach on a player just to fill the need.
There is no wide receiver worth this pick, the only wide receivers with certain first round grades being AJ Green and Julio Jones, and possibly Torrey Smith, who are all off the board. The Packers could possibly look to grab Titus Young at the end of round 2. At OLB, Brooks Reed remains an option; he has been called a poor man's Clay Matthews, but there is a lot of depth in this year's rush linebacker class, allowing the Packers to pass. However, the Packers can take the best player available and fill a need in Cameron Heyward.
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Heyward is ideally fitted for a role in a 3-4 system, most likely as a 5 technique. Being a Michigan fan as I am, I recall Heyward coming up big in the 09 Michigan-Ohio State Game, recovering a fumble for the first score of the game as well as getting a sack. This guy has huge potential to be a star. He has an ideal build at 6'5", 290, and has the quickness and agility to really flourish if put in the right system. He is strong, a good tackler, and can keep contain on the run, although he occasionally over-pursues. With the coaching of Mike Trgovac, I feel Heyward could really blossom into a premier DE, and make the Packers defense a force to be reckoned with for the future. Heyward has a few cons; he sometimes takes whole games off. Although he is another high motor guy, his speed is inconsistent.
All in all, Heyward has sky high potential and can blossom if put in the right situation, which is exactly what Green Bay can provide. He is a solid prospect, not just hype, and will not falter to become the next Vernon Gholston. He could be a replacement to Cullen Jenkins, and could grow to become a Ty Warren type player.
Next on the clock will be NZEagle with the New England Patriots.
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