Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft — Sixth Round, No. 197: LB Ricky Elmore All Green Bay Packers All the Time

With the 197th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Arizona linebacker Ricky Elmore.

He measures in at 6-5, 260 pounds with 31″ arms. He posted a 4.88-second 40-yard dash, 26 bench-presses, 4.32-second 20-yard shuttle and a 31.5″ vertical leap.

College history

Elmore finished his college career with nearly 150 tackles and 25.5 sacks for Arizona. He started the final 39 games and appeared in 51 games total.

Elmore led the Pac-10 in sacks in both 2010 and 2009 after finishing with 21.5 total over the two years. He was an Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 selection in 2009 and a First Teamer in 2010.


The Packers took a pass rushing linebacker from Arizona, but his name wasn’t Brooks Reed. While that might be a disappointment to some, Elmore was the more productive of the two prospects and features a similar non-stop motor to Reed.

He certainly lacks the athleticism you want in a 3-4 outside linebacker, but Elmore has a knack for getting to the quarterback and won’t stop until the whistle blows.

And while there are certainly some holes in his game, Elmore can also come in and fight for playing time at a suddenly overflowing outside linebacker position. He’s also another high-character guy—a reoccurring trend for the Packers 2011 draft class.



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8 thoughts on “Green Bay Packers 2011 NFL Draft — Sixth Round, No. 197: LB Ricky Elmore

  1. pretty impressive highlite reel, you can see a ton of reasons to love this pick, he plays faster than his 4.8 40 time

    1. reed got all the hype, but several scouts think Elmore will be the better Pro. I think Reed is better off staying at DE & Elmore the better fit to convert to OLB. And to get him in the 6th round? Wonderful!

  2. Yeah- but you can’t coach speed. And some of the best tackles run 4.9’s… Call me a skeptic. It’s gonna be Zombo/Walden/Jones again..

  3. i disagree with Al about elmore being a better convert than reed. he had good production but i question his athleticism big time. also, how does a guy that is 6-5 only have 31″ arms? but i have said all along, find me a guy that can get to the passer and let dom figure out the rest later. I think we will know right away if this guy has the tools to make the transition.

    1. From what I’ve seen on tape, Elmore is better able to change directions sharply, were as Reed rounds everything off. I’m not saying Elmore will light the NFL on fire, but I think he’s more fluid than Reed.

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