The Packersí starting cornerbacks last season, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields, were both undrafted free agents.
Kudos to Ted Thompson for finding those hidden gems, but when it comes to drafting cornerbacks, the Packers general manager has struggled.
Ahmad Carroll, who was drafted 10 years ago by then general manager Mike Sherman, was the last cornerback selected by the Packers to crack the starting lineup (not counting nickel cornerbacks).
The Packersí top two cornerbacks for the past decade have come via trade (Al Harris), unrestricted free agency (Charles Woodson) or were undrafted (Williams and Shields).
Thompson has selected just six cornerbacks over the past nine years, and while two on the current roster show promise (Micah Hyde, Casey Hayward), none have risen to full-time starting status yet.
In the second of an eight-part series ranking Thompsonís draft picks by position, I assess his crop of cornerbacks, from best to worst.
1-Micah Hyde, fifth round, 2013
Thompsonís best-rated cornerback draft choice might wind up as a safety, according to coach Mike McCarthy, who said last month that Hyde is good enough to be an every-down player. Whether he is used as a safety or slot cornerback in nickel and dime defenses this season remains to be seen. But Hyde is extremely versatile and athletic and was a steal for getting selected so late in the draft.
2-Casey Hayward, second round, 2012
He could easily move to the top of the chart if he returns to his first-year form, when he picked off six passes and received rookie of the year consideration. But his 2013 season was a washout due to a nagging hamstring injury that limited him to three inconsequential game appearances. If he puts the injury behind him, itís possible he could assume Williamsí starting job sometime in the near future.
3-Davon House, fourth round, 2011
He played in all 16 games for the first time in his career last season and started five games, three times as the third cornerback and twice as an injury fill-in at right cornerback. Injuries limited his production during his first two years in the league. Considering his mid-round draft status, the Packers canít complain about his contributions. Last year he had an interception, sack and 13 passes defensed and led the team in special teams tackles.
4-Will Blackmon, fourth round, 2006
Greatest contribution in four seasons with Packers came as return man (three career punt return touchdowns). Also played for Giants (2010, 2011) and Jaguars (2013).
5-Pat Lee, second round, 2008
He was a major disappointment as the 60th overall pick. Injuries slowed his development. In three seasons with the Packers he played in 32 games, mostly as a special teams contributor, started one game and had no interceptions and a grand total of one pass defensed. After the Packers let him go Lee lasted one more season, splitting time in Oakland and Detroit.
6-Brandon Underwood, sixth round, 2009
Not much is typically expected from sixth-rounders, and thatís exactly what the Packers got from Underwood. He played in 23 games over two seasons, mostly on special teams, but never raised his level of play.
7-Mike Hawkins, fifth round, 2005
He was drafted for his speed and raw talent but never adequately developed. Hawkins played in 11 games as a rookie with one start on the Packersí cornerback-deprived 2005 team, but that was the extent of his career in Green Bay. He played one more uneventful season in Cleveland in 2006.