With the draft only three days away, let’s take a look at the last draft class we can make meaningful judgments on: 2012. With their fourth season approaching and fifth year options on the line, some players have a lot to live up to still, and that is true in Green Bay.
In 2011, the Packers had their greatest regular season in recent memory, dismantling opponent after opponent on the way to a 15-1 season, making them easy favorites for the Super Bowl. But a tough Giants team dispatched them in the Divisional Playoffs to make them question the defense. So, naturally, they went defense heavy in this draft, with mixed results. Let’s take a look.
Round 1 (28) – Nick Perry, LB. USC
BAP: Harrison Smith, S. Notre Dame
In need of an impact pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews, Ted Thompson took a flyer on a raw USC linebacker who had never played with his hand up before. Perry had some great talent as a pass rusher, especially in the bull rush, but he needed to refine his finesse moves. His biggest problem in his first three years has been health. He missed time in his first two years and struggled to contribute outside of short spurts. He was healthy last season but was shuffled along in the rotation due to the signing of Julius Peppers. Facing a make-or-break season in Green Bay, what can he do to make him a part of the future? Maybe it is a move to inside, he has the size. Smith on the other hand has emerged as a playmaker at safety. Read more... (1116 words, estimated 4:28 mins reading time)
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