In the nine years that Ted Thompson has run the draft for the Green Bay Packers, he has been able to come up with some very nice late-round talent. By late round, I mean fifth round or later.
The list includes:
- Defensive lineman Johnny Jolly (sixth round in 2006)
- Fullback Korey Hall (sixth round in 2007)
- Linebacker Desmond Bishop (sixth round in 2007)
- Kicker Mason Crosby (sixth round in 2007)
- Quarterback Matt Flynn (seventh round in 2008)
- Linebacker Brad Jones (seventh round in 2009)
- Tight Andrew Quarless (fifth round in 2010)
- Running back James Starks (sixth round in 2010)
- Defensive lineman C.J. Wilson (seventh round in 2010)
- Tight end Ryan Taylor (seventh round in 2011)
- Defensive back Micah Hyde (fifth round in 2013)
- Defensive lineman Josh Boyd (fifth round in 2013)
- Linebacker Sam Barrington (seventh round in 2013)
That's quite a list. Thompson has also done very well in the fourth round—especially along the offensive line, as Josh Sitton (2008), T.J. Lang (2009), David Bakhtiari (2013) and J.C. Tretter (2013) were all fourth-round selections.
For this slideshow, however, I am going to name five players whom I believe will be drafted in the fifth round or later but also have the attributes and talent to help the Packers in 2014 and beyond.