With Worthy, Hayward and first-round pick Nick Perry, the Packers have given their defense a sweeping revamp, even though general manager Ted Thompson swears it wasn't by design to retool the worst statistical defense in NFL history.
"I think we're just trying to help the team," Thompson said. "We also had a defense that helped us be 15-1 this season. I think sometimes that's overlooked."
Thompson traded the Packers' second-round pick (No. 59) and fourth-round selection (No. 123) to Philadelphia to move up eight spots to get Worthy.
Worthy was Michigan State's first defensive lineman to be named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press since the legendary Bubba Smith. Worthy started all 13 games, finishing with 3.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for losses.
"He's a big guy and he's quick for a big guy," defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said of Worthy. "He's got good movement. He's got really good agility. He's got excellent instincts. He's one of the better players I've seen in a couple years at finding the ball very fast. I thought he did a great job with that. I think he'll add some juice to our front." Later, Thompson traded the Packers' third-round pick (No. 90) and fifth-round choice (No. 163) to rocket up 28 selections to No. 62 to nab Hayward. Hayward could play safety, according to NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas, but the Packers intend to keep him at cornerback. That gives the Packers a potentially strong cornerback group with Hayward joining Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, last year's fourth-round pick, Davon House, and special-teams standout Jarrett Bush.
"The more the merrier," cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt said.
Where does that leave Woodson? Potentially moving to safety, though the coaches certainly weren't prepared to say that and this early date.
"We haven't even had those discussions," defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. "You want to get through the draft and see where you are. Charles has played so many different places for us – he's played corner, nickel, dime, safety. Wherever we've wanted Charles to play, he's played."
Hayward finished his career with 15 interceptions and led all active players in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 46 passes defensed.
The Packers have seven picks on Saturday: two fourth-round compensatory picks (Nos. 132 and 133), their sixth-round pick (No. 197) and fourth in the seventh (No. 224 from the Jets, No. 235 and compensatory picks Nos. 241 and 243). The compensatory picks can't be traded.
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