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The NFL Draft is in the rear view mirror and already draft geeks around the world are looking ahead to 2013.  But before we get into a Matt Barkley debate let's step back and look at what the Packers have accomplished this offseason.

 

Clearly the defense was in need of upgrading, specifically the pass rush.  This is where Nick Perry is viewed as an excellent pick.  He's got first step quickness and size, just what you want on the edge of the 3-4 defense.

 

Jerel Worthy is a deep value pick as most draftniks had him with a first round grade.  Sure, he runs hot and cold but it's likely Dom Capers will rotate Worthy in with Anthony Hargrove and company, so that gives him time to grow.

 

While smallish for a 3-4 front Mike Daniels brings plenty to the table.  He's quick, can be disruptive and comes from a program that knows how to produce defensive NFL talent.  Those three picks should all contribute to a pass rush sorely in need of a makeover.

 

Day three is always fun to watch because this is where Super Bowl champions are made.  Along with Daniels, Ted Thompson continued to focus on defense with Jerron McMillian and Terrell Manning.  McMillan should push for playing time and can play special teams as well.  He, along with second rounder Casey Hayward, project as starters down the road, so there's also time for development there.  Manning is a project who can contribute on special teams as well.

 

The thing that jumps out at me is that the Packers drafted two guys that could start Week One and at the very least should help prop up the pass rush.  Anything else beyond that is gravy in terms of 2012.

 

And if you're wondering, yes I'm already looking ahead to 2013 as well.  This time of year the spring prospectus is a great place to start if you want to get a jump on the draft.

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