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Best and worst of the draft: Seventh round

4/23/2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Since he took over as general manager of the Green Bay Packers in 2005, Ted Thompson has drafted 87 players.

Leading up to this year's draft, in which Thompson currently has nine selections, we will look at his best and worst selections in each round.

We'll start at the bottom and work our way up over the next week.

Seventh round

Total players drafted: 16

By position: Receivers 3, linebackers 3, defensive ends 3, quarterbacks 2, tight ends 2, guards 1, tackles 1, running backs 1.

Best pick: Brad Jones, LB.

Jones (No. 218 overall in 2009) was the only one of Thompson's seventh-round picks that was a full-time starter last season. After beginning his career as an outside linebacker, he moved inside in 2012 and then took over as a starter after Desmond Bishop tore his hamstring in the preseason and D.J. Smith injured his knee in Week 6. After that season, he signed a three-year, $11.75 million contract. However, after an inconsistent 2013 season, he likely will face competition for the starting job in 2014.

Honorable mention: Matt Flynn, QB (No. 209, 2008), C.J. Wilson, DE (No. 230, 2010), Ryan Taylor, (No. 218, 2011).

Worst pick: B.J. Coleman, QB.

It's hard to call any seventh rounder a bad pick, because at that point in the draft every player is flawed, but the Packers had high hopes for Coleman (No. 243, 2012) -- so high they neglected the quarterback position last offseason, and when Coleman (and Graham Harrell and Vince Young) proved ineffective, it left the Packers without a viable backup for Aaron Rodgers when training camp broke last summer.

Dishonorable mention: Will Whitticker, T (No. 246, 2005). Clark Harris, TE (No. 243, 2007), Andrew Datko, T (No. 241, 2012).

Notes: Thompson hasn't fared as well in the seventh round as former Packers GM Ron Wolf, who found starters Adam Timmerman, G (No. 230, 1995), Donald Driver, WR (No. 213, 1999) and Mark Tauscher, T (No. 224, 2000). Driver and Tauscher are likely locks for the Packers Hall of Fame. ... Thompson did draft Dave Tollefson, DE (No. 253, 2006) but cut him, only to see him go on to be a contributor for the New York Giants from 2007-2011. ... Perhaps the strangest case is that of Whitticker. He started 14 of 16 games at right guard as a rookie, but never played in another NFL game after the Packers cut him at the end of training camp the following season.