Comparing Packers' Draft Picks to Current NFL Players

Adam BayerContributor IIIApril 29, 2012

Comparing Packers' Draft Picks to Current NFL Players

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    The NFL Draft is in the books and the Packers addressed basically every need they had, and then some. By adding six defensive players, the Packers should greatly improve. Being 32nd in overall defense, or DEAD LAST, it shouldn't take much to upgrade.

    Ted Thompson was masterful yet again doing what he does best. From day one of his hiring, Thompson has mainly shied away from free agency besides 2006 (Charles Woodson, Ryan Pickett) and this past winter (Anthony Hargrove, Jeff Saturday).

    His theory has worked out with the likes of Pro Bowlers Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji, with several other players on the brink of stardom (Tramon Williams, Brian Bulaga, Jermichael Finley and Desmond Bishop).

    This year's class basically has the same feel, but only time will tell.

    This slideshow takes a calculated guess at who the Packers' draft picks may turn into.

OLB Nick Perry

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    Nick Perry is an athletic freak with a high ceiling, but also a low floor. If he catches on at outside linebacker, the Packers may have gotten a steal at pick No. 28.

    He isn't overly great in pass coverage and seems to play reckless at times. Coming out of USC, he was basically just a pass-rushing defensive end who succeeded purely on athleticism.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Washington Redskins OLB Brian Orapko

    In my opinion, the comparison fits based on the two succeeding on athleticism. Orakpo eventually became an All-Pro linebacker.

    I sure hope Perry is the next Orakpo.

DE Jerel Worthy

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    In my opinion, Jerel Worthy was one of the best selections of the draft, considering the place where he was selected.

    Although Worthy doesn't give 100 percent all the time, he is also 308 pounds and I understand why. But if his conditioning gets better, he could be a monster on the defensive line.

    He has a quick first step off the line, but beyond that, he seems to know the snap count and starts leaning fractions before the snap. He doesn't get flagged much and is usually around the play. He has tackled a quarterback in the act of handing off more than once.

    On the downside, he seems to give in on plays and can be destroyed by double teams. His film also shows that he's either blowing plays up, or non-existent.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Seattle Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane

CB Casey Hayward

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    Casey Hayward was one of the most underrated prospects in this year's draft. He fell to the second round where the Packers traded up and got him. I consider that a steal.

    Hayward is a smart, athletic, ball-hawking corner that plays faster that his 40-yard time would show (4.53). He has the ability and make-up to be a solid corner in the NFL.

    Sometimes he may be too aggressive and has tight hips, but in the right scheme, he could be a major steal for the Packers.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    New England Patriots CB Devin McCourty: Neither are overly fast, but they're smart, instinctive corners will the ball skills to make big plays.

DE Mike Daniels

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    The Packers took a fourth-round chance on Iowa DT Mike Daniels, and it could pay off.

    The undersized defensive tackle will most likely play the 5 tech in Green Bay's defense, which may seems like an odd fit. The Packers may be going to a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive look, so the majority of their picks work either way.

    Daniels is quick off the snap and is a good pass-rusher. He is extremely tough and has great pop with his hands to get off blocks.

    Due to lack of size, he may only be a pass-rushing, rotational player in the NFL, but he has some upside. He sometimes gets eaten up by bigger lineman and he isn't overly strong in the run game.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Houston Texans DE Earl Mitchell

S Jerron McMillian

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    The Packers needed a safety after cutting All-Pro FS Nick Collins before the draft. That created a huge need in the secondary for Green Bay and I think they found their answer.

    McMillian diagnoses the play well and isn't afraid of contact. He is a sure tackler and a heavy hitter in the box. He doesn't have ideal size or speed, but in the Packers defense he should be fine.

    McMillian has tight hips and struggles to switch his hips in one direction and run. He sometimes gets sucked in and falls out of the play. He can be overaggressive at times.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Green Bay Packers FS Nick Collins coming out of college. He may need two to three years to become elite, though he should be solid his rookie campaign.

ILB Terrell Manning

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    The Packers made an interesting trade this past weekend to select North Carolina State LB Terrell Manning.

    Although I do not understand this trade to get him, I really like Manning because of his aggressiveness and instinctiveness. He does a great job reading his keys before the snap, and his great speed allows him to get to the ball and stay on the field in third-down coverage. He is a playmaker who makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, and might be athletic enough to have a few interceptions a year.

    He lacks ideal bulk and strength to play outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, which may relegate him to inside LB, where he would struggle to see playing time.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Indianapolis Colts LB Pat Angerer

OT Andrew Datko

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    I really, really love this pick for the Packers considering Datko was a borderline first-round pick coming into his senior year at Florida State, but a shoulder injury derailed his progress. If he gets healthy, I'd say a first-round guy falling to the seventh is an absolute steal.

    Datko plays with brute strength and has the size and ability to be an NFL left tackle. He excels in both run and pass protection and has no off-the-field concerns.

    The only downfall with Datko is his injury history.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Former Packers LT Chad Clifton

QB B.J. Coleman

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    The Packers needed some competition for Graham Harrell as the backup to Aaron Rodgers. They found their developmental quarterback in B.J. Coleman from Tennessee-Chattanooga.

    Coleman has all the tools to make every necessary throw in the NFL. He is a big guy at 6'3" 235 pounds and isn't overly easy to take down.

    Coleman isn't the most athletic quarterback in the league, but stands his ground in the pocket. Hopefully he won't see much time in Green Bay.

    NFL PLAYER COMPARISON:

    Jacksonville Jaguars QB Dan LeFevour