The Green Bay Packers were a team that was up and down at times finishing the season with an 11-5 record, and a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Here is the rookie class head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff have put together to address the needs of a team that is in bad need of a star running back, and a replacement for defensive captain, All-Pro safety Charles Woodson.
Green Bay Packers 2013 Rookie Class
1st Round: Datone Jones – Defensive End
2nd Round: Eddie Lacy – Running Back
4th Round: David Bakhtiari – Offensive Tackle
4th Round: J.C. Tretter – Offensive Guard
4th Round: Johnathan Franklin – Running Back
5th Round: Micah Hyde – Cornerback
5th Round: Josh Boyd – Defensive Tackle
6th Round: Nate Palmer – Linebacker
7th Round: Charles Johnson – Wide Receiver
7th Round: Kevin Dorsey – Wide Receiver
7th Round: Sam Barrington – Linebacker
Undrafted Rookie Free Agents
Matt Brown – Quarterback
Patrick Lewis – Guard
Andy Mulumba – Outside Linebacker
Angelo Pease – Running Back
Gilbert Pena – Nose Tackle
Jake Stoneburner – Tight End
Lane Taylor – Guard
Myles White – Wide Receiver
Alex Gillett – Wide Receiver
David Fulton – Safety
Jonathan Amosa – Running Back
Donte Savage – Linebacker
Brandon Walker – Cornerback
Tyrone Smith – Wide Receiver
Jarvis Wilson - Linebacker
Ryan Roberson – Running Back – Cut on May 13
The Packers, like many teams, struggled running the ball last season due to the fact they did not have a feature back for the majority of the season. Alex Green finished the season as the leading rusher with 464 yards with Rodgers second on the team with 259 yards after Cedric Benson was injured five games into the season.
With Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin, and Angelo Pease in camp, the Packers have one of the strongest rushing attacks in the NFC. Pease has made the strongest showing so far through rookie camps after Lacey dropped a pass and tripped over another player.
While the Packers had a hard time running the ball last season, they had problems stopping opponents running the ball as well. Now with Datone Jones laying claim on a defensive end spot; not only do the Packers have a run stopper they have a dominate pass rusher.
Over his four seasons at UCLA, Jones had 148 total tackles with 36.5 being for a loss, 12.5 sacks, 5 defended passes and 3 forced fumbles.
Even though the Packers addressed their needs and stocked up on cornerbacks to work out this summer, they still do not have that player that offers the leadership and explosive play that Woodson brought to the field.
Good thing for Packers fans A.J. Hawk, Clay Mathews, and B.J Raji are still around or this defense would not have any veteran leadership with big-play capability.