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With the 2012 NFL Draft in the books, we can now say the Green Bay Packers made an emphatic attempt to improve the one facet they struggled in the most last season.
General Manager Ted Thompson went away from his “best player on the board,” motto and strictly went after defense.
Not since 2004 had Green Bay started out their draft with three consecutive defensive players. This year, they spent an unheard of six straight picks on the defensive side of the ball and even parted ways with three picks in order to trade up.
Here’s a look and a brief analysis of each of the Packers’ eight draft picks:
1.) USC DE Nick Perry (1st round – 28th overall)
Perry was no doubt the best at his position at USC, if not in the entire Pac-12 conference. He led the Pac-12 with nine and-a-half sacks for a Trojans team who went 10-2 with an impressive upset over #4 Oregon. Perry had a sack and a forced fumble in the thriller at Eugene.
For more on Perry and how he will help Clay Matthews track down oppos...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Green Bay Packers needed to address their defense, and did so in a big way this weekend. The Packers used each of their first five picks on defensive prospects, and added at least three players who will play significant roles in 2012.
Perry will start from day one in Green Bay.
Nick Perry will immediately step into a starting role opposite Clay Matthews at outside linebackers...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Trading up in the NFL draft is something Packers general manager Ted Thompson rarely does. It goes against everything in his nature, his upbringing and his beliefs in how to run an organization.
So when Thompson moved up not once, not twice but three times in this year's draft, he wasn't quite feeling like himself afterward.
Everybody knew that the Packers were going to go heavy on defensive picks in this upcoming draft, and they did not disappoint. The Packers drafted only two offensive player in this years draft and have made it clear they want to fix the issues they had on defense last year. What follows is a short bio on each player drafted in the two days.
Pick #51 – Jerel Worthy – Defensive...
OH THE IRONY
Tennessee-Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman, who was drafted by the Packers, got some assistance from Brett Favre in preparing for the draft.
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy both enjoy watching veteran wide receiver Donald Driver compete on ''Dancing With the Stars.''
There is no guarantee he'll be on the roster by the time training camp rolls around.
Driver is the leading receiver in franchise history with 735 catches for 10,060 yards. But he turned 37 in February...
The Green Bay Packers took a quarterback with their final pick in the NFL draft, selecting Tennessee-Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman with the second of two seventh-round compensatory picks.
The 6-3, 222-pound Coleman originally went to Tennessee, playing in three games in 2008 before transferring to Chattanooga. He completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 6,871 yards at Chattanooga...
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If the newest quarterback of the Green Bay Packers happens to play a bit like Brett Favre, there's a perfectly good explanation as to why.In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the Packers selected B.J. Coleman out of Tennessee-Chattanooga. It was prior to the draft that Coleman was trained by Favre, who is remembered in Wisconsin as much for the drama that...
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson used the team's free-agent compensatory picks on defensive lineman Mike Daniels of Iowa and safety Jerron McMillian of Maine.
The Green Bay Packers have taken Maine safety Jerron McMillian with the second of two compensatory picks near the end of the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
The 5-11, 215-pound McMillian had five pass breakups and an interception last season, with 88 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss.
With the pick, the Packers have taken defensive players with their first four picks...
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With Pick 163 in the fifth round, the Green Bay Packers selected NC State LB Terrell Manning.
There is very little reason to doubt Packers general manager Ted Thompson when it comes to the NFL draft.
After all, during Thompson's seven years running the draft in Green Bay, he was the one responsible for drafting Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, B.J. Raji and Nick Collins, to name a few.
So, after Thompson's newest class of draftees included...