Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/4/13
The Green Bay Packers were a team that was up and down at times finishing the season with an 11-5 record, and a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs.Here is the rookie class head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff have put together to address the needs of a team that is in bad need of a star running back, and a replacement for defensive captain, All-Pro safety Charles Woodson.Green Bay Packers 2013 Rookie ClassDraft Picks 1st Round: Datone Jones – Defensive End2nd Round: Eddie Lacy – Running Back4th Round: David Bakhtiari – Offensive Tackle4th Round: J.C. Tretter – Offensive Guard4th Round: Johnathan Franklin – Running Back5th Round: Micah Hyde – Cornerback5th Round: Josh Boyd – Defensive Tackle6th Round: Nate Palmer – Linebacker7th Round: Charles Johnson – Wide Receiver7th Round: Kevin Dorsey – Wide Receiver7th Round: Sam Barrington – Linebacker Undrafted Rookie Free AgentsMatt Brown – Quarterback Patrick Lewis – GuardAndy Mulumba – Outside LinebackerAngelo Pease – Running BackGilbert Pena – Nose TackleJake Stoneburner – Tight EndLane Taylor – GuardMyles White – Wide ReceiverAlex Gillett – Wide ReceiverDavid Fulton – SafetyJonathan Amosa – Running BackDonte Savage – LinebackerBrandon Walker – CornerbackTyrone Smith – Wide ReceiverJarvis Wilson - LinebackerRyan Roberson – Running Back – Cut on May 13The Packers, like many teams, struggled running the ball last season due to the fact they did not have a feature back for the majority of the season. Alex Green finished the season as the leading rusher with 464 yards with Rodgers second on the team with 259 yards after Cedric Benson was injured five games into the season.With Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, and Angelo Pease in camp, the Packers have one of the strongest rushing attacks in the NFC. Pease has made the strongest showing so far through rookie camps after Lacey dropped a pass and tripped over another player.While the Packers had a hard time running the ball last season, they had problems stopping opponents running the ball as well. Now with Datone Jones laying claim on a defensive end spot; not only do the Packers have a run stopper they have a dominate pass rusher.Over his four seasons at UCLA, Jones had 148 total tackles with 36.5 being for a loss, 12.5 sacks, 5 defended passes and 3 forced fumbles.Even though the Packers addressed their needs and stocked up on cornerbacks to work out this summer, they still do not have that player that offers the leadership and explosive play that Woodson brought to the field.Good thing for Packers fans A.J. Hawk, Clay Mathews, and B.J Raji are still around or this defense would not have any veteran leadership with big-play capability.
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