5 Green Bay Packers Defenders Who Will Surprise Us in 2012

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5 Green Bay Packers Defenders Who Will Surprise Us in 2012
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Anthony Hargrove as a member of the New Orleans Saints.

The Green Bay Packers defense figures to improve in 2012, because, if for no other reason, they can't get any worse after giving up the most passing yards in the history of the NFL last season.

But that's not really giving the Packers their due. There are several reasons to believe a turnaround is in store this year.

The Packers are just two seasons removed from their Super Bowl championship from which many players remain with the team, several of them in the prime of their careers like Clay Matthews, B.J. Raji and Tramon Williams.

Also doing its part to improve the Packers in the offseason was the organization's front office, which spent its first six selections in the NFL Draft on defense and signed several free agent defensive linemen.

If the Packers pass rush improves, as it should, the back seven is only going to look better, and vice versa.

With a better overall defensive performance, several Packers players are sure to surprise.

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