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A look at Thompson's record in the second round

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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With Pat Lee’s departure in free agency — he signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders yesterday — it’s safe to say he wasn’t the best second-round pick ever made by Packers general manager Ted Thompson. Thompson has had some flops in the second round, but he’s had quite a few successful picks there, too. Here’s a look a the good, the bad and the serviceable from round two since 2005: The good * Nick Collins, safety, No. 51 overall in 2005: Three-time Pro Bowler and a big-play defensive back. * Greg Jennings, receiver, No. 52 overall in 2006: One of the NFC’s top receivers the last several years; made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2011. * Jordy Nelson, receiver, No. 36 overall in 2008: One of the top big-play receivers in the league last season (18.6 yard average) and 15 touchdown catches. * Randall Cobb, receiver/kick returner, No. 64 overall in 2011: Limited opportunities on offense but was a major factor on special teams, returning a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown. Upside looks high. The bad * Terrence Murphy, receiver, No. 58 overall in 2005: Sustained a career-ending neck injury in his third NFL game. * Brian Brohm, quarterback, No. 56 overall in 2008: Maybe Thompson’s worst second-round pick. Couldn’t even win the No. 2 job, then spent some time on the practice squad before the Bills signed him in 2009. * Pat Lee, cornerback, No. 60 overall in 2008: Never even won a regular spot in the nickel or dime packages, though became a decent special teams player in 2011. * Mike Neal, defensive end, No. 56 overall in 2010: Oft-injured and rarely productive, has played in only nine games in two years and then was suspended four games this offseason for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Future with the team may be in doubt. The serviceable * Daryn Colledge, guard, No. 47 overall in 2006: Dependable starter who always answered the bell but was deemed not worthy to re-sign as a free agent in 2011. * Brandon Jackson, running back, No. 63 overall in 2007: Never won the regular starting job but turned into a solid third-down back but wasn’t re-signed as a free agent in 2011.  

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