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April 26, 2012
With Aaron Rodgers and arguably the NFL's elite receiving corps, the Packers knew their offense was in good hands so general manager Ted Thompson focused on defense. Nick Perry (above) has the athleticism to complement another former USC Trojan, Clay Matthews, coming off the edge. Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy could prove a steal in the second round as a run-stuffing presence to replace 2010 free agent defection Cullen Jenkins. The Packers clearly loved Vanderbilt corner Casey Hayward's size, physicality and ball skills, as they aggressively moved up into the third round to nab him. The Packers added another highly productive, if short, interior defensive lineman in Iowa's Mike Daniels in the fourth round and intriguing developmental prospects in linebacker Terrell Manning and quarterback B.J. Coleman late in the draft. Like most Thompson-led drafts, this group isn't flashy... but the type that keeps a club fortified.