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This picture sums up the Packers 2012 draft. Thumbs Up.
Ted Thompson and the Packers did a superb job of addressing the major needs for this team: DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE.
Six of the eight Packers actual draft selections were on the defensive side of the ball with Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy and Casey Hayward headlining the weekend.
Perry seems like the answer at left outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews, Jerel Worthy may be the next big thing on the defensive line, and Casey Hayward is a cerebral, athletic corner that should contribute his rookie year.
The Packers also added some depth at the tackle position with Florida States Andrew Datko, who could be a steal if he gets healthy.
BJ Coleman was drafted in round seven to battle with Graham Harrell for Matt Flynn's old job behind Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers grade out as a B+ for me, and one factor was the three pick trade to get an ILB in Terrell Manning. I do not understand it, based on the fact that the Packers are log-jammed at ILB already along with trading three valuable picks for a backup at best. Manning also has injury issues in his knees.
The Packers missed the mark with the Manning trade based on one factor: they failed to address two positions of lesser need at center and runningback. People will scream that the Packers don't need a runningback, and I disagree.
James Starks is a questionable RB, Alex Green is coming of a knee surgery and Brandon Saine is a third down back. With Robert Turbin, Chris Rainey, David Molk, Bryce Brown and countless others available after the Manning trade, I don't see the value there.
With that said, the Packers took monumental leaps forward on a defensive standpoint. They addressed the three major needs in linebacker, defensive end and secondary needs.
At the end of the day, the grades of this draft won't show until the finished product hits the field.
MY DRAFT GRADE: B+/A- depending on the placement of Terrell Manning and where he fits.