Green Bay Packers Minicamp: Defensive Player With The Most To Gain

May 22, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac during the Green Bay Packers organized team activities at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Related: Offensive player with the most to gain | Offensive player with the most to lose

The Green Bay Packers offense was excellent in 2011, and yet we had plenty to say about the offensive players with the most to lose. There are very few guys fighting for jobs on the offensive side of the ball, but the Packers' defense is a completely different story.

Aaron Rodgers and the offense carried a poor defense to a 15-1 record. As good as Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' offense is, they're not going to be able to carry a bad defense to that many wins again. That's why the team's first four draft picks were spent on defensive players and a number of 'street' free agents were brought in to compete with current players.

The poll for defensive player with the most to gain in the Packers' next minicamp could include 20 names if we really wanted it to, but I did my best to try to narrow it down. I didn't include any of the drafted rookies simply because they can struggle throughout the offseason program and still make the team. No one is going to be expecting too much from the rookies, or too disappointed if they struggle to produce.

I feel like this debate could get good. Have at it.

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