Derek Sherrod's dream has become reality, but it was close: The former Mississippi State offensive tackle was selected by defending Super Bowl champ Green Bay with the 32nd and final pick of the 2011 NFL Draft's first round tonight.
Sherrod (6-foot-5, 321 pounds) was the sixth tackle taken in the first round. The ones in front of him were USC's Tyron Smith (No. 9 to Dallas), Colorado's Nate Solder (No. 17 to New England), Illinois' Anthony Castonzo (No. 22 to Indianapolis), Alabama's James Carpenter (No. 25 to Seattle), and Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi (No. 29 to Chicago).
Sherrod told me earlier in the week that being drafted in the first round was a major goal of his. Now he gets the chance to learn under 11-year veteran Chad Clifton and could move into the starting lineup fairly soon. Of course, either Sherrod or Clifton could wind up at right tackle so both can be on the field.
Sherrod is the seventh Bulldog taken in the first round in the modern era of the draft (since 1970), and the first since 1996, when Walt Harris and Eric Moulds were selected.
More to come later.