Picks: LB Nick Perry (1.28), DL Jerel Worthy (2.19), DB Casey Hayward (2.31), DL Mike Daniels (4.37), DB Jerron McMillian (4.38), LB Terrell Manning (5.28), OL Andrew Datko (7.34), QB B.J. Coleman (7.36)
The 2012 draft has the potential to be a very good draft for the Packers. It's already pretty good, but there is a chance it can be extraordinary.
This is mostly due to the first four picks for the Packers. While that group has struggled with injuries, they've all shown that they could become fantastic players in the near future.
Hayward has Pro Bowl written all over him, and he should get back to creating turnovers at a high rate once he's healthy. Daniels enjoyed a mini-breakout season last year with more playing time coming in the 2014 season.
Both Perry and Worthy have struggled with injuries since entering the league, but the Packers still believe they can be impactful players. This group of defensive players will be key for Green Bay's future.
What keeps this draft from earning the highest grade possible is the lack of production once you get past Daniels in the fourth round. McMillian, Manning and Coleman are no longer on the roster, and Datko has failed to get off the practice squad.
If the Packers had just one player late in the draft who produced, this would be the best draft of the past five years. However, the first four picks still have the potential to make this draft the best by all living up to expectations and producing at a high level.
As for now, the 2012 draft gets a solid grade.