Five Green Bay Packers Who Must Step Up in 2012

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Five Green Bay Packers Who Must Step Up in 2012
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Head Coach Mike McCarthy has talented players, now they need to develop.

The 2012 NFL Draft was an exciting time for the Green Bay Packers. General manager Ted Thompson played the role of deal-maker in New York and came away with some talented players who should provide significant upgrades across the board. 

Thompson, who is known for picking the best player available, claims that drafting six consecutive defensive players to open the draft was a coincidence. Regardless, the team was clearly focused on upgrading their pass-rush, coverage and tackling, which they did.  

Yet, people forget that it takes most draftees anywhere between one and three years to grow and mature into reliable contributors that can be counted on to consistently produce. 

Therefore, instead of focusing solely on the drafted players who may or may not make an impact right away, let's see what players currently on the roster are capable of taking that next step in 2012.

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