Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/3/14

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 03: General manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers watches practice at summer training camp on August 3, 2009 at the Ray Nitschke Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Every year, on every team, there is one player who steps into the spotlight who would have seemed an unlikely candidate before the season. Most of the time that player is drafted in the first or second round of the NFL Draft in April. That was the case last year when Ted Thompson traded up, which he almost never does, back into the second round to grab cornerback Casey Hayward out of Vanderbilt. That pick proved beneficial as Hayward grabbed 6 interceptions and was a big reason the Packers chose not to resign veteran cornerback Charles Woodson.It would seem while other teams are searching for a "diamond in the rough", Ted Thompson is searching for the biggest and brightest diamond in a bowl full of them. Year after year he finds multiple players who will not only make the roster, but will be called upon to make an immediate impact.That didn't seem to be the case with rookie fifth round pick Micah Hyde this year. Given the depth the Packers have at cornerback it seemed unlikely that ...
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