Green Bay Packers: 6 Rookies to Impact the Defense in 2012

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Green Bay Packers: 6 Rookies to Impact the Defense in 2012
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The 2011 Green Bay Packers had one major flaw that prevented them from returning to the Super Bowl and defend their Super Bowl XLV title: the defense.

MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the offense did a great job most of the season covering up that blemish, but they really got exposed in the national spotlight as they were defeated soundly by the New York Giants in the playoffs. 

The Packers used the 2012 NFL Draft to address the issue.  General Manager Ted Thompson felt so compelled to fix this unit that he even went against his philosophy and traded up several times to make selections that he saw best fit this team. 

Here are the six defensive draft picks Thompson made. They are ranked in terms of the immediate impact they will have in the 2012 season using a ranking scale, with "0" being the lowest level of impact and "10" being the highest.

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