It's natural for football fans to remain caught up in the hype of the 2012 NFL draft; after all, it took place just last weekend. However, one thing that's often forgotten is that most rookies need time to develop before being ready to contribute, with only a select few ready to do so from day one.
The competition to play is particularly fierce in Green Bay due to a roster that boasts as much depth and talent as any in the National Football League.
Yet, the Packers know pro football is a young man's game. Accordingly, they are more than willing to give young players an opportunity to play once they've earned it. Some players simply need a year or so of development for numerous reasons before they are entirely ready to contribute.
On that front, the good news for Packer fans is that the Green Bay coaching staff, led by head coach Mike McCarthy, is one of the best in the NFL at developing and preparing young talent to play.
There are numerous examples of the Packers turning little known prospects into big-time contributors; Desmond Bishop, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Sam Shields, Marshall Newhouse, Tramon Williams and John Kuhn were all drafted in Rounds 4-7, or not at all, yet went to start in Green Bay.
The Packers thrive on the cultivation of their young talent; therefore, let's take a look at five players who weren't quite ready for the NFL last season but could become regular contributors for the Packers in 2012.