Legendary senior writer jclombardi reviews Packers 6th round choices.
(1) Guard Caleb Schlauderaff earned third-team All-America honors from The Associated Press, second-team Walter Camp All-America pick, and a second-team Sports Illustrated All-America. Analysis: Schlauderaff is not a very athletic guard, but he always seems to get the job done. He is a well prepared player that never seems to be out of position. He plays with a “bad attitude” and fights through the whistle. He can be an effective run blocker, but he loses leverage at times and plays with a narrow base too often. His slow first step and limited athleticism may prevent him from being a starter at the next level, but his toughness and work ethic will likely get him a spot on an NFL roster. Schlauderaff should come off the board on the third day of the draft.
(2) Linebacker D. J. Smith. Analysis: Smith does not possess enough power at the point of attack or athleticism to be viewed as a potential future starter and could be a backup linebacker due to his toughness and ability to play in zone coverage. Has the makeup of a special teams contributor. While he can be productive in pursuit and is willing to take on blockers, he’s not stout enough to consistently anchor or an elite tackler. Does not project well in man coverage in the NFL and isn’t a pass-rushing threat.
(3) Defensive End Ricky Elmore. Analysis: Elmore has great intangible qualities and should provide some value with his pass rushing ability and hustle. However, he does not possess enough strength in the running game or elite athleticism to be considered a future starter. Can get off the ball, occasionally turn the corner, and close on the quarterback but won’t set up his man, counter, or use the bull rush. Has a motor that doesn’t stop and will make some plays chasing ball carriers down the line but is a liability when run at and can be a tick late to find the football. Elmore carries a late-round grade.