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Derek Sherrod Squeaks Into First Round Of 2011 NFL Draft

Derek Sherrod was the final pick of the first round of the 2011 NFL draft.  Sherrod will begin his NFL career as a member of the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. 

Going into the draft, I was pretty much convinced that Sherrod would be picked by the Chicago Bears.  That, however, wasn't meant to be and the Bears chose Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi instead.  Green Bay made no rush in their decision and almost let the clock completely expire before turning in Sherrod as their pick. 

It seems that the biggest fault NFL teams found in Sherrod is that he is just too darn nice.  Perhaps that had something to do with the Bear's decision to pass him up. 

The National Football Post scouting director Wes Bunting had this to say about him:

"He doesn't have that killer instinct to his play and is a bit passive."

The Super Bowl Champs apparently disagree with Bunting's assessment. 

Sherrod is the first MSU player to go in the first round since 1996.  That year saw Walt Harris (13) and Eric Moulds (24) both accomplish the feat. 

You can check out what the Packer nation is saying over at