Mailbag: Were there other Worthy options?


Each week, I will ask for questions via Twitter with the hashtag #PackersMail and then will deliver the answers over the weekend.

Demovsky: The Green Bay Packers picked Jerel Worthy at No. 51 overall in 2012, and it was clear general manager Ted Thompson was targeting defensive players (he used his first six picks in that draft on that side of the ball). So let's take a look at the defensive players selected immediately after Worthy. They were: LB Zach Brown (No. 52 overall), DT Devon Still (No. 53), LB Lavonte David (No. 58) and DE Vinny Curry (No. 59). Of that group, only David has become a standout. He made the Pro Bowl last season for the Buccaneers. Brown was benched late season by the Titans. Still has been a disappointment with the Bengals and Curry is just a part time player for the Eagles. The point is, there were probably more misses than there were hits at that spot for defensive players.

Demovsky: First things first, Rajion Neal has to be back on the field immediately, if not sooner. He has been impressive in practice and in last week's preseason opener until the knee injury knocked him out. He won't play against the Rams later today, but he needs to get back for the last two preseason games. There's no guarantee the Packers will even keep a fourth running back, so he will need to do something special. He was off to a strong start, but he needs to take it to another level. If they don't keep him (or any fourth halfback), then they would surely be interested in putting him on the practice squad if he no one else claims him.

Demovsky: They still have that Aaron Rodgers fella. As much as Mike McCarthy has talked about committing to a running game, everything in his play-calling history suggests that he will rely heavily on the quarterback. Now, where I could see that changing is late in games if the Packers have the lead. They could become one of those teams that passes to get the lead and then runs to keep it and burn clock.

Demovsky: Had they known Micah Hyde was going to make this seamless of a transition to safety, would they had still drafted Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round? Who knows, but perhaps they have been more inclined to make a move up for one of the inside linebackers. I have not had the chance to see how C.J. Mosley has played for the Ravens or Ryan Shazier for the Steelers (although Shazier has been hurt). However, the Packers might be carving out a role for Jamari Lattimore on the inside, so we'll see if he helps out. Inside linebacker still looks like the weak link on this defense.