The Green Bay Packers used the first of their three sixth-round draft picks on Utah’s Caleb Schlauderaff, an All-American at guard and a standout in the classroom.
Schlauderaff (6-4, 302), who was the 179th overall pick, was a four-year starter for the Utes who closed his career with 49 consecutive starts. As a senior, he was a third-team All-American by The Associated Press after making 13 starts at left guard. According to the school, he won 506 of his 576 snaps in the 10 games that were graded.
“His pad level is excellent,” offensive line coach James Campen said, adding that he liked his pulling ability and “grasp” of the offensive scheme and how it has to deal with opposing defenses. He “really shines” in pass protection, Campen said.
Schlauderaff, whose NFL.com Scouting Combine bio said “plays with a bad attitude and fights through the whistle,” will compete at guard and center.
At No. 186, they took Appalachian State linebacker D.J. Smith (5-11, 239). He led the Southern Conference and ranked fifth nationally with 144 tackles as a senior. Smith, an outside linebacker in college, projects to an inside linebacker in the Packers’ scheme. He started four seasons, and his 525 career tackles rank fourth in conference history and were the most of any player in Division I last season.
"He's a good player and a terrific leader," Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore said before the season. “He runs to the ball, he tackles well, he's got great anticipation. Sometimes it's like he knows what the play is. He's a smart football player and has a lot of football savvy."
He ran his 40 in 4.75 seconds at the Scouting Combine.
At No. 197, the Packers’ own pick, they selected Arizona’s Ricky Elmore (6-4, 256). The Packers worked out Elmore and Brooks Reed a few weeks before the draft. As a junior and senior, Elmore tallied more sacks than Reed. As a junior, his 10.5 sacks ranked second in the Pac-10. As a senior, he led the conference with 11 sacks.
In his three years as a starter, Elmore has gotten by on his high motor and initial quickness. He has racked up 25.5 sacks, ranking second in Wildcats annals behind only Tedy Bruschi (52, 1991-95). He delivered a total of 33.5 stops for losses. A defensive end at Arizona, he’ll move to outside linebacker for the Packers.
Agree or disagree?: Discuss hot Packers topics in our, free forums. Leave Bill a question in the subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum.
Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at email@example.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/packerreport and Facebook under Bill Huber.