Great 8? Packers 'Best' and 'Surprise' Picks

Here's a quick-hitting review of the Green Bay Packers' eight-man draft class, starting with outside linebacker Nick Perry and concluding with quarterback B.J. Coleman.

BEST PICK: Linebacker Nick Perry: The Packers were desperate to take pressure off Clay Matthews, who was held to a career-low six sacks last season. Perry will be counted on to start and deliver right away.

COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Casey Hayward: General manager Ted Thompson compensated for the medical-prompted release of Pro Bowl safety Collins before the draft by making a play for the skilled Hayward. He will stay at corner, but winning a starting job would provide intriguing options for the Packers to replace Collins with Charles Woodson.


Round 1/28 Nick Perry, LB, 6-3, 265, Southern Cal

The athletic and explosive Perry is being moved from defensive end to outside linebacker to be the pass-rushing complement to former college teammate Matthews. His ability to drop into coverage is a question mark.

For more on Perry, CLICK HERE and HERE for a scouting angle. For subscribers, we will run Perry's official NFL scouting report on Tuesday.

Round 2/51 Jerel Worthy, DE, 6-2, 308, Michigan State

The first-round prospect's slide down the board enabled the Packers to jump up to get him. Kicking the powerful defensive tackle outside fills a void alongside B.J. Raji.

For more on Worthy, CLICK HERE and HERE for a scouting angle. For more on our tip-off that Worthy was a player of interest for the Packers, CLICK HERE. For subscribers, we will run Worthy's official NFL scouting report this week.

Round 2/62 Casey Hayward, CB, 5-11, 192, Vanderbilt

Aggressive, instinctive playmaker should contribute immediately in nickel-heavy scheme and give savvy veteran Woodson more latitude to play a rover position.

For more on Hayward, CLICK HERE and HERE. Hayward was NFL scout Dave-Te' Thomas' SUPER SLEEPER among the cornerbacks. Plus, check out these RIDICULOUS NUMBERS in comparing Hayward against other cornerbacks. For subscribers, we will run Hayward's official NFL scouting report this week.

Round 4/132 Mike Daniels, DT, 6-0, 291, Iowa

Undersized tackle played big for the Hawkeyes, utilizing quickness and tenacity for team highs the last two seasons in tackles for loss (241/2) and sacks (13). Injury history can't be overlooked.

For more on Daniels, CLICK HERE.

Round 4/133 Jerron McMillian, S, 5-11, 203, Maine

The midround pick caught the late-round hopeful by surprise. The Packers are sold on his upside, however, as a big hitter in the box with decent ball skills on the back end.

For more on McMillian, CLICK HERE, and here's our exclusive interview after his PREDRAFT VISIT.

Round 5/163 Terrell Manning, LB, 6-2, 237, North Carolina State

Two-year starter at outside linebacker will go inside in 3-4. Knee injuries in past hurt his draft stock but a lot to like with his playmaking attributes.

For more on Manning, CLICK HERE. Plus, Thomas called him a SUPER SLEEPER.

Round 7/241 Andrew Datko, OT, 6-6, 321, Florida State

Starter at left tackle since his freshman year, but a recurring shoulder injury ended college career four games into last season.

For more on Datko's decision to turn pro and his ongoing battle with shoulder issues, CLICK HERE.

Round 7/243 - B.J. Coleman, QB, 6-3, 222, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Confident small-school product has the tools to make it at the next level, and training with Packers legend Brett Favre this winter doesn't hurt.

If you missed Coleman's ties to Brett Favre, CLICK HERE. We wrote about him at the SCOUTING COMBINE and during our PATH TO THE DRAFT SERIES. Plus, Thomas listed Coleman as his SUPER SLEEPER among quarterbacks.

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