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Green Bay Packers NFL Draft Results: A Quick Look at the 2010-2013 Draft Classes

We take a look back at the last four drafts by the Packers and see which players have stuck with the team.

2013 draftee Eddie Lacy celebrates a touchdown with 2012 pick Mike Daniels.
2013 draftee Eddie Lacy celebrates a touchdown with 2012 pick Mike Daniels.
Tom Pennington

The Green Bay Packers have had different results in each of the last several NFL Drafts. Though it is not possible to fully judge a draft class in just a year or two due to injuries and development, one can at least start to get some impressions early on.

It truly is surprising the varying levels of success Ted Thompson and company have had in recent years, though. After just one year, 2013's class looks promising, while the 2012 class has suffered through numerous injuries to make a lesser impact than Thompson and Packers fans had hoped.

Here's a look at each draft pick over the past four years and whether he remains a part of the organization or, if not, how he left the team.


Round Pick Player Position School Packers Status
1 26 Datone Jones DE UCLA On team
2 61 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama On team
4 109 David Bakhtiari OT Colorado On team
4 122 JC Tretter OL Cornell On team
4 125 Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA On team (IR)
5 159 Micah Hyde CB Iowa On team
5 167 Josh Boyd DT Miss. St. On team
6 193 Nate Palmer OLB Illinois St. On team
7 216 Charles Johnson WR Grand Valley St. On practice squad in 2013, signed off PS by Browns
7 224 Kevin Dorsey WR Maryland On team (IR)
7 232 Sam Barrington ILB South Florida On team (IR)

It should be no surprise that nearly all of the players from last year's draft remain with the Packers. It was a large draft class, though, and several key players wee identified in the middle rounds. Lacy obviously is the headliner as one of the top candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year, but Bakhtiari was critical to the offensive line's consistency and Hyde made his mark as a nickel back and kick returner.


Round Pick Player Position School Status
1 28 Nick Perry OLB USC On team
2 51 Jerel Worthy DE Michigan St. On team
2 62 Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt On team
4 132 Mike Daniels DE Iowa On team
4 133 Jerron McMillian S Maine Cut during 2013 regular season
5 163 Terrell Manning ILB NC State Cut after training camp 2013, signed by Chargers
7 241 Andrew Datko OT Florida St. Cut after training camp 2013
7 243 B.J. Coleman QB Tenn-Chattanooga Cut after training camp 2013

This draft class has been marred by injury and ineffectiveness. Three of the top four picks have had major injuries in their first two years, while the last four were plagued simply by poor play and couldn't make it through two full seasons with the team. Perry's 2012 was cut short by injury and he was hobbled for much of the '13 season. Hayward looked like a big-time playmaker in his rookie year but was hampered by a hamstring in 2013, while Worthy was never back at full strength after tearing an ACL late last season.


Round Pick Player Position School Status
1 32 Derek Sherrod OT Miss. St. On team
2 64 Randall Cobb WR Kentucky On team
3 96 Alex Green RB Hawaii Cut after training camp 2013
4 131 Davon House CB New Mexico St. On team
5 141 D.J. Williams TE Arkansas Cut after training camp 2013
6 179 Caleb Schauderaff OL So. Utah Traded to NY Jets in 2011
6 186 D.J. Smith ILB Appalachian St. Cut during 2013 off-season
6 197 Ricky Elmore DE Arizona Cut after training camp 2011
7 218 Ryan Taylor TE North Carolina On team
7 233 Lawrence Guy DE Arizona St. On IR in 2011, on practice squad in 2012, signed off PS by Colts

Remarkably, only four of the ten players from the 2011 draft remain on the team. Each of the four who remain has one more year left on his rookie contract. Barring some surprises, expect Randall Cobb to get an extension sometime during the 2014 season, as the team certainly does not want to see the talented young receiver make it to free agency next off-season. Sherrod's gruesome leg injury late in 2011 robbed him of a chance to start at tackle in 2012 and 2013. House is a key special-teams contributor and has shown flashes of great play at corner, but his inconsistency is an issue.


Round Pick Player Position School Status
1 23 Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa On team
2 56 Mike Neal DE/OLB Purdue Will be Unrestricted Free Agent
3 71 Morgan Burnett S Georgia Tech On team
5 154 Andrew Quarless TE Penn State Will be Unrestricted Free Agent
5 169 Marshall Newhouse OT TCU Will be Unrestricted Free Agent
6 193 James Starks RB Buffalo Will be Unrestricted Free Agent
7 230 C.J. Wilson DE East Carolina Will be Unrestricted Free Agent

In possibly the most remarkable draft of the past few years, the Packers had each player from this draft play out a full four years on his rookie contract, with the exception of Morgan Burnett, who got an extension during the 2013 season. Bulaga, as a first-round pick, got a five-year deal and is signed through 2014. The Packers will have some tough free agent decisions to make with this group in the coming weeks and months.