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Predicting the Impact of Every Green Bay Packers' 2014 Draft Pick

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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By all accounts, the Green Bay Packers had a very good 2014 NFL Draft. They got a number of talented players with the potential to someday turn into starters. Yet, regardless of potential, the Packers need some of these rookies to contribute right away, so here is a prediction of each players' impact in the 2014 season.

9. Jeff Janis

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9. Jeff Janis

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Janis was a classic Thompson pick. The Packers didn't need another receiver but Janis was simply the best player available. Janis has impressed thus far in OTAs, and even though it seems like a stretch to keep six wide receivers on the 53-man roster, he has too much talent to cut loose. His impact in 2014 will be minimal, but he will continue to be developed with the future in mind.

8. Demetri Goodson

Demetri Goodson
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8. Demetri Goodson

Demetri Goodson
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Goodson is a supremely gifted athlete who could turn out to be a steal in the sixth round of the draft. Yet the Packers are loaded with cornerback depth, and that will make it difficult for Goodson to make the roster, let alone see the field in 2014. At the end of the day, he is too talented to cut and will end up earning a role on special teams.

7. Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis
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7. Jared Abbrederis

Jared Abbrederis
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Abbrederis was a steal for the Packers in the fifth round of the draft, and down the road he will prove to be a very good third or fourth receiver for Aaron Rodgers. Yet, in 2014, Abbrederis will earn his way as the primary kickoff and punt returner for Green Bay. He has looked impressive in that role during OTAs and will need to continue to impress if he is going earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

6. Corey Linsley

Corey Linsley
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6. Corey Linsley

Corey Linsley
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Linsley will have every opportunity to earn the starting center job but is competing with second-year man J.C. Tretter, who appears to have a leg up at this point. Yet no starting job on the offensive line is won during OTAs, and at the very worst Linsley should be the top backup at center for Green Bay in 2014.

5. Carl Bradford

Carl Bradford
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5. Carl Bradford

Carl Bradford
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Bradford is a player with an extremely high motor. He is a bit of a tweener in that he played defensive end in college and is learning to play outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defense. There has been talk that he could even shift to inside linebacker at some point, but for now he can focus solely on rushing the passer. In 2014, Bradford will contribute as an edge rusher in spot duty behind Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Mike Neal.

4. Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers
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Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers
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Rodgers, who was a bit of an unknown when Green Bay selected him in the third round, has been opening eyes at Packers' OTAs. It was suggested that picking Rodgers in the third round was a reach, but after displaying his tremendous hands and athleticism this offseason, there is a real possibility that Rodgers carves out a niche role this season as Green Bay's move tight end.

3. Khyri Thornton

Khyri Thorton
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3. Khyri Thornton

Khyri Thorton
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Thornton is an explosive defensive lineman who has a chance to contribute right away for the Packers. He is not the greatest pass rusher in the world, but he is disruptive against the run, meaning he should get snaps as a 3-4 defensive end in the base defense this season.

2. Davante Adams

Davante Adams
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2. Davante Adams

Davante Adams
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Adams was one of the best wide receivers available in the 2014 draft, and after racking up over 200 receptions, 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns in two seasons at Fresno State, he is ready to start making plays for the Packers. Yet Green Bay is loaded at receiver with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin, so that means Adams will be relegated to a backup role in 2014 while he learns the NFL game.

1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
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1. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Ha Ha Clinton Dix
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Landing Clinton-Dix in the first round of the draft was the ultimate coup for Thompson and the Packers. Safety was by far Green Bay's biggest need, and Clinton-Dix, the best safety in the draft, fell right into their lap. Despite Micah Hyde's move to safety, the former Alabama standout is a game changer who will start opposite Morgan Burnett this season and will contend for the NFL's defensive rookie of the year award.