Originally written on Packer Update  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Defensive lineman C.J. Wilson was a steal in the seventh round of the draft They (whoever “they” are) say it takes three years to fairly judge an NFL draft. By that way of thinking, it’s now OK to look back and judge the class of 2010. GM Ted Thompson selected seven players that April. Nearly three years later, all seven remain with the Packers – each enjoying varying degrees of success. KEY 9:  Great pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 8:  Very good pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 7:  Good pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 6:  Above-average pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 5:  Average pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 4:  Below-average pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 3:  Poor pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed. 2:  Wasted pick based on where the player was drafted and how the player has performed.   BRYAN BULAGA – Picked in the first round, the former Iowa star has been a starter at right tackle since the middle of his rookie season. He played at a Pro Bowl level in 2011, but tailed off a bit this season before fracturing a hip and going on IR. (7) MIKE NEAL – Picked in the second round, the former Purdue star has played in only 20 of 48 games due to injuries and a suspension. He finally stayed relatively healthy this season and recorded 4.5 sacks as a part-time defensive lineman. (4) MORGAN BURNETT – Picked in the third round, the former Georgia Tech star has been a starter since the first game of his rookie season. He has the physical skills to be a star, but right now he’s probably no better than the seventh-best safety in the NFC. (7.5) ANDREW QUARLESS – Picked in the fifth round, the former Penn State star developed into the team’s best blocking tight end before suffering a knee injury late in the 2011 season. He didn’t play a single down this season and his future is up in the air. (5) MARSHALL NEWHOUSE – Picked in the fifth round, the former TCU star has started the past 29 games at left tackle. He hasn’t been great at the line’s most important position, but he’s been competent enough to allow the offense to function at a high level. (8) JAMES STARKS – Picked in the sixth round, the former Buffalo star exploded onto the scene at the end of his rookie season and helped lead the Packers to the Super Bowl. He has been unable to build upon that early success due to injuries. (6) C.J. WILSON – Picked in the seventh round, the former East Carolina star has started 11 games at defensive end, including 7 this season. He works hard and will usually hold his own as a starter, but he’s clearly best-suited for a backup role. (7) OVERALL: This draft has yet to produce a blue-chip player, but four starters and three backups is nothing to sneeze at. Drafts like this are why the Packers are one of the deepest teams in the league and why they’re able to keep winning games despite so many key injuries. Based on my subjective rating system, this draft averaged out to a grade of 6.36 - which means it was above average. It can be a lot better than that if Bulaga and Burnett take the leap from solid starters to stars in the next two or three years.
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