The defensive emphasis continued on the second day of the NFL draft as Packers General Manager Ted Thompson twice moved up with trades in round 2. Holding the 59th pick in the second round, Thompson watched several defensive lineman come off the board so he made a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to climb up 8 spots to select Michigan State defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. It cost the Packers their original second round pick and a 4th round choice. Worthy was a dominant player for the Spartans, earning All American and All Big Ten honors. The 6-2, 308 pound native of Huber Heights, Ohio started 38 of 40 games in East Lansing, displaying a powerful burst off the line of scrimmage. He piled up 27 and a half tackles behind the line during his career, along with 12 quarterback sacks. Considered by many to be a first round prospect, Worthy slid to the middle of the second and Thompson feared he might not be left on the board if he stood pat. While he played primarily inside at Michigan State, with big games against Wisconsin in the conference championship game and against Georgia in the Outback bowl, the Packers plan to have play the defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. As the second round wore on, the Packers pulled off another, even more surprising trade, giving up their third round pick and their choice in the 5th round to the New England Patriots to jump back into the second at pick number 62. Thompson selected Vanderbilt defensive back Casey Hayward. The 5-11, 192 pound corner was a quarterback in high school who transitioned to defense very well. The Perry, Georgia native was the captain of the Commodores defense his senior year, developing into a top flight, shut down corner in the rugged SEC. Opponents completed only 19.5 percent of the passes thrown in his direction and he wound up with 15 career interceptions, showing a knack for the ball. He knocked down a school record setting 46 passes, tied for the most among all FBS level players. Hayward, blessed with outstanding speed, started all 37 games beginning with his sophomore season. He was a second team, all conference selection who played some at free safety and even ran a couple of plays on offense. Secondary coach Joe Whitt said Hayward is a willing tackler in the run game evidenced by his 18 tackles for losses during his career.
Two Wisconsin Badgers were taken on day two, center Peter Konz was selected in the second round by the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Russell Wilson was a third round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, entering camp with former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn.
On the link below, you'll hear quotes from the Pack's second round picks, assistant coaches and GM Ted Thompson on what has been to this point, a defensive minded draft.