The Green Bay Packers selected a total of eight football players, six on defense and two on offense, in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Packers took six straight defensive players in rounds one, two, four and five. This was not surprising as Green Bay was the worst statistical defensive team in 2011, one year removed from ranking in the top five in every defensive category. Hopefully, general manager Ted Thompson’s picks will make an immediate impact for the Packers as they try to get back on top.
Here are the video highlights of all eight Green Bay draft selections.
Round 1, Pick 28
Nick Perry, DE, Southern California
The Green Bay Packers made the right move drafting defensive end Nick Perry out of the University of Southern California in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Green Bay desperately needed a pass rusher to complement Clay Matthews and Perry is the right man for the job.
Thanks to CaliforniasGold for the video.
Round 2, Pick 19 (51)
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Thompson traded a fourth-round back to move up eight spots in the second round to draft Jerel Worthy of out Michigan State. Worthy is a phenomenal defensive tackle with first round talent who is capable of getting to the quarterback and stopping the run.
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Round 2, Pick 30 (62)
Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
Thompson traded Green Bay’s third- and fifth-round picks to move back into the second round to select defensive back Casey Hayward out of Vanderbilt. Hayward will have a great opportunity to make a name for himself in the Packers secondary. This selection could move Charles Woodson to safety on the majority of downs.
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Round 4, Pick 37 (132)
Mike Daniels, DT, Iowa
Green Bay used their first compensation pick and selected Mike Daniels out of Iowa, their second defensive tackle of the draft. Daniels had a solid year for the Hawkeyes but really stepped up his performance his senior year recording more tackles and sacks then the other three seasons combined.
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Round 4, Pick 38 (133)
Jerron McMillian, S, Maine
With the Packers recently releasing All-Pro safety Nick Collins, it was only a matter of time before they selected a safety. Jerron McMillian out of Maine is a dynamic football player who is capable of playing the strong or free safety position. He certainly was a surprise pick for some but definitely has the intelligence and skill set to ultimately improve Green Bay’s secondary.
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Round 5, Pick 28 (163)
Terrell Manning, OLB, N.C. State
The Packers traded their sixth- and two seventh-round picks to move back into the fifth round and select Terrell Manning out of North Carolina State. Manning has a very impressive statistical stat sheet with numbers in every significant category. He believes he is the best linebacker in the draft and will have an opportunity to showcase his talents in Green Bay.
Thanks to JMPasq for the video.
Round 7, Pick 34 (241)
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Green Bay selected offensive tackle Andrew Datko from Florida State. Datko suffered a severe shoulder injury but is considered to have third-round talent. He is a hard-worker and has the personal drive to become a great offensive lineman.
Thanks to MARI0clp for the video.
Round 7, Pick 36 (243)
B.J. Coleman, QB, Chattanooga
There is no doubt the Packers needed to draft a quarterback at some point in the draft. Considering Green Bay selected quarterback Matt Flynn in the seventh-round of the 2008 NFL Draft Thompson decided to take another shot at it. With their final selection, the Packers chose quarterback B.J. Coleman out of Chattanooga.
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