We had a number of debates over the past few months about the Green Bay Packers' presumptive roster needs.
Some of you looked at the four players it took to fill the right outside linebacker spot and hoped the Packers would fill the position in the first round of the draft. Others looked at their still-tenuous depth at offensive line and wondered if a tackle or even a guard might be the best way to go.
Ultimately, the Packers answered that question for us. Their decision to draft Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod, with linebackers Brooks Reed and Akeem Ayers still on the board, left little doubt.
Of course, the way the Packers typically draft, we can't say they are more alarmed about their offensive line than they are about the outside linebacker. I'm sure general manager Ted Thompson viewed Sherrod as a better prospect than either of the linebackers.
Sherrod is big enough to play left tackle, and that's where he spent most of his time at Mississippi State. That means he could one day figure as Chad Clifton's replacement. Or he could project at right tackle if 2010 first-round pick Bryan Bulaga moves over to the left side. I also wonder if they wouldn't be tempted to play Sherrod at left guard if starter Daryn Colledge doesn't return.
In either case, the Packers have now systematically addressed their disastrous 51-sack season in 2009. Their top picks in the ensuing drafts were both offensive linemen. Protecting their Super Bowl MVP quarterback should be the highest of priorities.
Earlier: Sherrod was our choice in the ESPN.com Blog Network mock draft.