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2012 Green Bay Packers Draft Picks: Fan’s Reaction

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The 2012 Green Bay Packers draft was completed on April 28. The Packers entered the draft with 12 draft picks. They left with eight players after they traded up on three different occasions. There's one word that's needed to be said when describing this draft: defense.

Here's a brief preview of each of the picks and what I expect in the upcoming months and seasons.

First Round: LB Nick Perry (28th)

The Packers used their first-round pick on University of Southern California (USC) defensive end Nick Perry. Perry is considered as one of the top pass-rushers in the draft. The Packers will use Perry as an outside linebacker in Dom Capers' 3-4 defense. They need somebody other than Clay Matthews who can effectively rush the passer.

Second Round: DL Jerel Worthy (51st), DB Casey Hayward (62nd)

The Packers had already signed Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir as free agents this offseason. They added more competition when they used the first of two second-round picks on Michigan State University defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. Worthy is expected to be used as a defensive end.

The Packers traded back into the second round when they drafted Vanderbilt University defensive back Casey Hayward. Hayward had 13 interceptions in the past two seasons with the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Packers are also getting a high-quality tackler, which is important in their defensive scheme. Expect Davon House and Hayward to compete for playing time in 2012.

Fourth Round: DL Mike Daniels (132nd), S Jerron McMillian (133rd)

The Packers used their fourth-round compensatory draft picks to continue improving a passing defense that, statistically, was amongst the worst in NFL history. The Packers drafted University of Iowa defensive lineman Mike Daniels and University of Maine safety Jerron McMillian.

Daniels was an undersized defensive tackle who I'd assume would be used as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. M.D. Jennings and McMillian could fight for a starting safety position because Nick Collins was released and Charlie Peprah struggled in 2011.

Fifth Round: LB Terrell Manning (163rd)

The Packers traded their 197th pick, 224th pick and 235th pick to the New England Patriots so they could take North Carolina State University linebacker Terrell Manning with the 163rd pick. Manning was only a junior when he declared for the 2012 NFL Draft. He had 76 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three interceptions in 2011.

The Packers must've really liked Manning to have sacrificed three draft picks. Personally, I'm somewhat skeptical of any underclassman who isn't taken until this late in the draft. This seems like a risky decision on his behalf because there's no guarantee that he'll make the team as such a late-round pick.

Manning will likely be used as an inside linebacker. The Packers already have four inside linebackers with A.J. Hawk, Desmond Bishop, D.J. Smith and Rob Francois. Look for Manning to compete with Francois for that fourth position.

Seventh Round: OT Andrew Datko (241st), QB B.J. Coleman (243rd)

The Packers finished their draft by using their seventh-round compensatory draft picks on Florida State University offensive tackle Andrew Datko and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman (not to be mistaken with the Knoxville campus).

The Packers needed depth on their offensive line following the release of Chad Clifton and the injury to Derek Sherrod. I felt like Datko was a tremendous value pick. The Packers also needed another quarterback to challenge Graham Harrell and Nick Hill for backup responsibilities behind Aaron Rodgers.

Fan's Take

The Packers will have plenty of competition amongst their defensive linemen and linebackers during training camp. The outside linebackers include Matthews, Erik Walden, Frank Zombo, Brad Jones, Jamari Lattimore, Vic So'oto and Perry. The rotation of defensive linemen will include B.J. Raji, Ryan Pickett, Jarius Wynn, C.J. Wilson, Mike Neal, Hargrove, Muir, Worthy and Daniels. Don't forget about Lawrence Guy, who spent 2011 on injured reserve.

This doesn't include undrafted free agents or players from the practice squad. With at least four (maybe five) inside linebackers, one must think that at least two of those outside linebackers won't make the team.

I don't believe in grading drafts until players have had three seasons or they've been exiled from the league. I felt like Ted Thompson approached this draft wisely by focusing on defensive needs. I have confidence in this front office and coaching staff to acquire the right players for their schemes. I do think that their first-and-second-day picks were very solid with Perry, Worthy and especially Hayward.

Green Bay Packers 2012 Draft Picks & Traded Picks

Round 1 Pick 28: LB Nick Perry (USC)

Round 2 Pick 51: DL Jerel Worthy (Michigan State)

Round 2 Pick 59: Traded To Philadelphia Eagles

Round 2 Pick 62: DB Casey Hayward (Vanderbilt)

Round 3 Pick 90: Traded To New England Patriots

Round 4 Pick 123: Traded To Philadelphia Eagles

Round 4 Pick 132: DL Mike Daniels (Iowa)

Round 4 Pick 133: S Jerron McMillian (Maine)

Round 5 Pick 163: LB Terrell Manning (North Carolina State)

Round 6 Pick 197: Traded To New England Patriots

Round 7 Pick 224: Traded To New England Patriots

Round 7 Pick 235: Traded To New England Patriots

Round 7 Pick 241: OT Andrew Datko (Florida State)

Round 7 Pick 243: QB B.J. Coleman (Tennessee-Chattanooga)

Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 as he completed a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Nashville Predators and Tennessee Titans. He can be found on Twitter HERE.

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