Hawkins' background and blazing speed made him one of the more interesting stories of the 2005 draft for the Packers, overshadowed by the selection of Aaron Rodgers in the first round. A product of a tough upbringing, the defensive back never was able to shake his past and thus his talent on the field never manifested itself fully.
After one season at Oklahoma, he fell out of favor with coach Bob Stoops and eventually ended up playing in the Arena Football League before being selected by the Packers. He lasted only one year in Green Bay before short stints with five other teams from 2006 through 2009. He has played in just seven NFL games over that span.
9. Marviel Underwood — 2005, Round 4 (115th overall)
The Packers thought Underwood was one of the most complete safeties on the 2005 draft board, but the San Diego State product was never able to distinguish himself over three years in Green Bay, even as opportunities presented themselves. Though he played in all 16 games his rookie season — primarily on special teams — knee ligament damage suffered in a 2006 preseason game derailed his career.
8. Allen Barbre — 2007, Round 4 (119th overall)
Barbre's freakish athletic skills — he played the gunner spot on special teams at Missouri Southern State — did little for him at the next level. After spending two years as a backup along the offensive line, he failed miserably upon winning the starting right tackle job in 2009. He made the first seven starts that season before being benched for good.
After being cut by the Packers in 2010, Barbre spent the season with the Seahawks and Dolphins.
7. Ingle Martin — 2006, Round 5 (148th overall)
Though expectations were low for Martin coming to Green Bay, he showed little for the Packers to keep him around. After spending one season behind Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, he was cut by the Packers the following year. Since then, Martin has bounced around to three different teams, primarily biding his time on practice squads.
Martin started his career at Florida before transferring to Furman University, where he broke several passing records. The Packers eventually replaced him in 2007 by bringing back Craig Nall as the No. 3 quarterback.
6. Breno Giacomini — 2008, Round 5 (150th overall)
The Packers finally parted ways with Giacomini this past training camp when they released him just before the regular season. He had spent the previous two seasons as a developmental prospect at offensive tackle.
Billed as a player with versatility — he also played tight end at Louisville — and a nasty disposition, Giacomini showed little of that other than his occasional skirmishes with teammates in practice. With prototypical size to play tackle in the NFL at 6-foot-7 and 318 pounds, he was unable to land a starting spot with the Packers, even though he was given a good opportunity to before the 2009 season. Instead, Barbre won the spot, and when Barbre lost his job that season because of poor play, the Packers decided to bring back Mark Tauscher instead of giving Giacomini a chance.
5. Abdul Hodge — 2006, Round 3 (67th overall)
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While Hodge showed some glimpses of good play during his rookie season, he never was able to become a regular starter and actually regressed during his time in Green Bay. Knee injuries ultimately led to his release from the Packers in 2008.
4. Aaron Rouse — 2007, Round 3 (89th overall)
Rouse seemed to have the size — 6-4, 223 pounds — and the pedigree to be a dominant safety in the NFL, but only lasted two-plus seasons in Green Bay. Despite making some big plays — including a 99-yard return of a Peyton Manning pass for a touchdown — he was otherwise ineffective and tentative when given a full-time chance.
After a brief stint with the Giants in 2009, Rouse went to the Cardinals last season and was waived after just 15 days.
3. Cory Rodgers — 2006, Round 4 (104th overall)
The Packers thought they might have their return woes fixed with the selection of Rodgers, but it never worked out. Rodgers failed to make an impression in offseason practices and had trouble fielding punts, which ultimately led to his release in the final round of cuts before the 2006 season.
Less than a month after he was selected by the Packers, Rodgers was arrested for unlawfully carrying and discharging a firearm outside of a Fort Worth, Texas, bar and was given probation.
Rodgers played in the Canadian Football League from 2007 through 2009.
2. Brian Brohm — 2008, Round 2 (56th overall)
Many thought Brohm was the most NFL-ready quarterback entering the 2008 draft, but his short time in Green Bay and Buffalo would disprove that notion. In three NFL seasons, he has just two starts and a passer rating of 26.0.
Brohm lost the backup job with the Packers in 2008 after a poor showing in his first training camp. Instead, seventh-round pick Matt Flynn won the job. And even after going through the Packers' quarterbacks school the next offseason and another training camp, he was demoted to the practice squad before being signed by the Bills during the 2009 season.
While Brohm was looked at as a great value pick in 2008, his second-round selection proved to bring down an otherwise strong draft for Thompson.
1. Justin Harrell — 2007, Round 1 (16th overall)
The biggest black mark on Thompson's draft record in Green Bay, Harrell has played in just 14 games (two starts) along the defensive line over four seasons with the Packers. Injuries and average play have marred his NFL career. Most recently, the 315-pounder tore his ACL in the 2010 season opener at Philadelphia. He has just 28 total tackles and no sacks in his career.
Despite recurring back problems, the Packers have yet to give up on Harrell. Perhaps his first-round investment and brief signs of powerful play on the interior are reasons why. But Harrell's injury history — both in college and now with the Packers — might not bode well for him in 2011.
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Matt Tevsh has covered the Packers since 1996. E-mail him at email@example.com