2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Packers
USC Trojans defensive end Nick Perry has the potential to play either a 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB at the next level due to his quickness off the edge and above-average athleticism.
Perry hasn't quite lived up to his own high standards. A sub-par sophomore season hurt his draft stock, but he might have been playing through injury. After a really nice junior campaign, he should be regarded as one of the better defensive end prospects in this draft class due to a strong season in which he has 9.5 sacks and 55 total tackles.
On the edge he explodes off the line, shows good snap count awareness, and can find the edge to apply pressure on quarterbacks. He has a nice array of pass-rushing moves and has quick enough feet to change directions inside with a nice swim move. Perry really improved his motor this season and there are many who feel he could transition seamlessly to a 3-4 OLB role. That might take more time, but it is certainly possible.
He does well to seal the edge and stay within his assignment. Perry is strong, but could afford to add more bulk. He shows nice patience and doesn't get overly aggressive in pursuit. The next big leap he needs to make is using his hands to his ad... [Read More
Worthy's progression over the last few seasons is subtle. What fans should know is that although his numbers don't jump off the page, his role in Michigan State's defense is vital. In the beginning of his career, Worthy was free to pass rush and penetrate the line in what is usually called the off-tackle position (or under tackle). At this point in his career (as the team's most dominant defensive lineman), his job is to occupy double teams, seal off running and passing lanes, take up space and hold ground at the point of attack. No, it's not a glamorous job, but it allows his fellow lineman and other blitzers to get after the play. Offenses know if they didn't double team him, he'd blow the play up more often than not.
Most evaluations miss this change in assignment and see a guy who doesn't penetrate, doesn't get in the backfield, doesn't make impact plays, etc. But the role of a defensive tackle isn't necessarily to be involved in that more than a couple times per game. Worthy does all his new tasks very well. He shows a great explosion off the line and is strong enough in his upper body to grab a player with one arm and, all in one motion, bring the ball-carrier into his che... [Read More
Hayward was one of the more experienced players in college football. The cornerback saw significant playing time as a freshman in 2008 then was a full-time starter the entire rest of the way at Vanderbilt. As a sophomore he led the team with 8.5 tackles for loss and had two interceptions. Hayward picked of six passes as a junior to go along with 70 total tackles (59) solo. He is coming off a strong senior campaign during which he had seven interceptions, which he turned into 107 yards including a 50-yard touchdown. Hayward made 62 total tackles (7.5 for loss).
The Perry, GA native has decent size at 5'11'' and 188 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked as fast as 4.42 from that distance. Hayward contributed sparingly on special teams for the Commodores, returning one kickoff and one punt as a senior. He plays bigger than he is thanks to superior athleticism and he is an absolute ball-hawk. Hayward racks up interceptions on a consistent basis and he is capable in run defense as well, showing an uncanny ability to get into the backfield. The only real drawback is that he does not possess elite size nor elite speed. He is simply solid all rou... [Read More
Iowa defensive tackle Mike Daniels is an undersized prospect that relies heavily on his motor, toughness and quickness off the snap to rush the passer. Drafted by the Green Bay Packers late in the fourth round, Daniels doesn't have the size to play nose tackle and will compete for a role in a rotation at defensive end.
For a team like Green Bay, they're looking for guys who can come in and compete. Daniels' motor is one of the best of this class and some believe there is still room on his frame to add useful bulk. He gets off the line quickly and uses his hands effectively to create space and shoot the gap. Already has a nice array of pass rush moves. Will come in and push for a backup role.
Packers are looking to improve pass rush and if Daniels snags a roster spot, he will be utilized in a sub package on passing downs where he'll try to shoot the gap play-side. Daniels isn't a natural 3-4 DE if only because of his smaller stature and lack of ideal bulk. He'll have to add good weight and keep his quickness to have any longevity in Green Bay.... [Read More
After a strong combine performance where he ran a 4.56 40 yard dash, Maine Black Bears safety prospect Jerron McMillian was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round. Prior to the draft, the Packers opted to release strong safety Nick Collins and that's precisely where McMillian fits in where he will compete with Charlie Peprah for the starting spot.
Collins will certainly be missed, but finding a suitable replacement is just a part of the game. Packers fans can only hope McMillian is a gem in the rough coming from a small school. He does not shy away from contact and will contribute as an all-around athlete. In Green Bay's 3-4 defense, the strong safety must line up all over the field, cover players of all sizes and of course, blitz from exotic formations. McMillian is at his best in run support and plays fast and decisively.
He is quick to diagnose the play and is more than willing to throw his body into the fray. Against the pass, he can struggle if he needs to turn his body all the way around in one quick motion. His over-aggression can sometimes get him caught flat-footed. All in all, McMillian looks to be a good fit for Dom Capers' aggressive defensive style... [Read More
Manning had a solid three-year career at North Carolina State. The linebacker redshirted in 2008 after suffering a knee injury in high school then started two games in 2009. He enjoyed his breakout as a sophomore, finishing fourth on the Wolfpack in total tackles and tied for second in sax while also tallying two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Manning saved his best campaign for last, recording 76 total tackles despite playing in only 11 of 13 games. He was top on the team with an impressive 14.5 tackles for loss and tied for first with 5.5 sacks. Manning was also a turnover machine, recording three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
The Laurinburg, NC native has good size at 6'3'' and 233 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.7s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.65 from that distance. Manning does not have elite speed, but he has great instincts in pass coverage and is fundamentally sound in that department. His knack for the football also won't go unnoticed by NFL teams. As an athlete, he is not particularly versatile; Manning will likely be limited to playing on the weak side in a 4-3 defensive scheme. Look for him ... [Read More
Datko has been a huge part of the Florida State offense (literally) ever since stepping foot on campus in 2008. As a freshman he started the last dozen games of the season and earned Freshman All-American honors from a host of media outlets. In 2009, he started every game at left tackle and allowed a mere two sacks despite going up against future NFL defensive end after future NFL defensive end.
Datko might have gone pro after his junior campaign, but a shoulder injury slightly derailed his progress. The shoulder issue is back in 2011 and there is a chance Datko's career could be over in Tallahassee. Simply put, almost nothing has gone right for the highly-touted Seminoles this season.
When healthy, Datko is a force to be reckoned with. He stands at 6'6'' and has done well to add bulk to his big frame (he now registers at 321 pounds). However, more impressive than his size is his brute strength. Datko uses that strength very well up front and is sound in both run and pass protection. Scouts will also love his work ethic and the fact that he comes with no off-the-field concerns. If Datko can solve his injury problems, a first-round selection in 2012 is not out of the question.... [Read More
Coleman may play at a small school, but he broke into college football with the Tennessee Volunteers. He only ended up at Chattanooga because of issues with the then-Vols coach.
After a year standing on the sidelines, soaking up information and taking some leftover practice reps, you could see Coleman develop into a starting NFL quarterback after a season or two. He has the necessary height and bulk. There are no problems with him making every throw. Fundamentally, he gets lazy in his lower half whether it's a poor follow-through or choppy steps which shake up his rhythm. This usually only happens when he is pressured. In order to correct this he has to better trust his line and himself to take the punishment. It's not a good idea to shuffle his weight when looking to deliver the football.
Coleman will probably hear his name called in the late rounds. Teams will need to craft his accuracy when he's not standing perfectly still and also accelerate his ability to feel within the pocket. He tends to hold the ball a beat too long. Coleman does have potential, but it looks to be as nothing more than a backup.... [Read More