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Predicting the Impact of Every Green Bay Packers 2014 Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Green Bay Packers 2014 Draft Pick

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The Green Bay Packers didn’t disappoint as they had one of the most productive drafts of any team in the league in 2014. At this point, the Packers had enough confidence to select the nine players, which means it will be up to them to make a difference on the field in the ensuing months. Here’s a look at predicting the impact of every Packers’ 2014 draft pick.

Ha Ha Clinton Dix, FS

Ha Ha Clinton Dix
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Ha Ha Clinton Dix, FS

Ha Ha Clinton Dix
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It’s not often that the pick the fans want gets selected, especially in Green Bay. Hopefully, everyone will be correct that free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has the potential to be a superstar. I am a huge fan of this pick because I believe Clinton-Dix’s ability to tackle in the open field and create turnovers will be the edge the Packers need in the secondary to get them to the Super Bowl. Expect him to start in the first week of the season.

Davante Adams, WR

Davante Adams
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Davante Adams, WR

Davante Adams
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Think of Davante Adams as James Jones version 2.0. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his speed, but he will catch everything that will be thrown his way. He will use his above-average technique and route-running skills to dominant opponents. Also, Adams’ eye-popping numbers last season should excite fans even more. He’s a solid second round pick who will have a huge impact for the Packers for many years to come.

Khyri Thornton, DT

Khyri Thornton
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Khyri Thornton, DT

Khyri Thornton
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Khyri Thornton was the most unpopular pick in the draft for the Packers. Fans took to message boards to complain how Ted Thompson reached for someone the team could have gotten with a later selection. However, what fans may not realize is Thornton has sleeper potential. The defensive tackle explodes with power and he should be a quality asset on the D-line. He’s a good backup with a possibility to start down the road.

Richard Rodgers, TE

Richard Rodgers
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Richard Rodgers, TE

Richard Rodgers
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Many believed the Packers would select a tight end earlier than the third round. However, the wait could be well worth it as Richard Rodgers has the potential to be a star in the making. Like another kid named Rodgers out of California, sitting behind veteran players should allow him to develop into an asset. Even though he’s a big tight end, his inexperience means he won’t get any quality playing time anytime soon, unless he surprises in camp.

Carl Bradford, OLB

Carl Bradford
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Carl Bradford, OLB

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Carl Bradford has NFL starter written all over him. In fact, don’t be surprised if he contends Brad Jones for the inside linebacker position in 2014. His nose for the football is why the Packers selected him. He’s an incredibly intelligent player who knows how to play defense the right way. His field vision, close-in speed and tackling ability will make him a fan favorite in just a couple of years. Impact will be solid backup with potential to st

Corey Linsley, C

Corey Linsley
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Corey Linsley, C

Corey Linsley
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The reason why fans should be excited about Corey Linsley is because he’s a true center, something the Packers haven’t seen in quite some time. He will definitely compete for a starting job this summer, but he’s more likely to be a stellar backup. The fact that he has experience suiting up at guard and tackle means he’s someone who can fill multiple vacancies if necessary.

Jared Abbrederis, WR

Jared Abbrederis
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Jared Abbrederis, WR

Jared Abbrederis
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Jared Abbrederis is the steal of the draft for the Packers, but fans in Wisconsin already knew that. The wide receiver has big-play ability with the potential to be a big-time difference maker. Don’t be surprised to see him be the fourth option on the depth charter in 2014. If anything else, Abbrederis will be a force on special teams. More importantly, he gives Rodgers a solid offensive weapon for several years to come.

Demetri Goodson, CB

Demetri Goodson
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Demetri Goodson, CB

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Demetri Goodson has plenty of room for improvement, but the raw talent and football instincts means he will be a fun project for the Packers. What Green Bay likes about him is his ability to make tackles, something the secondary has struggled with for the past couple of years. Even better, he’s a competitor who wants to win in the worst way. Look for him to have an impact on special teams in 2014.

Jeff Janis, WR

Jeff Janis
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Jeff Janis, WR

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If a team takes a wide receiver in the seventh round it may as well be a fast one, which is exactly what the Packers did when they selected Jeff Janis. His stellar work ethic and confidence is reason enough to believe he can make a name for himself at the next level. Even though he won’t be making his NFL regular season debut anytime soon, as I predict he will be on the practice squad in 2014, Janis definitely has the ability to be a star.