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Best and worst of the draft: Fourth round

4/24/2014

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. So far, we've looked at the seventh, sixth rounds and fifth rounds.

Next up is round four.

Total players drafted: 14

By position: Tackles 3, guards 2, safeties 2, cornerbacks 2, receivers 1, running backs 1, defensive tackles 1, defensive ends 1, linebackers 1.

Best pick: Josh Sitton, G.

Sitton (No. 135 overall, 2008) became a full-time starter at right guard in his second season and after moving to left guard in 2013, he was named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Thompson has done well with offensive linemen in this round. It's possible four of the five starters this coming season will be fourth-round picks if JC Tretter (No. 122 overall, 2013) wins the starting center job. He was a tackle at Cornell but will get a crack at the center job this year.

Honorable mention: David Bakhtiari, LT (No. 109, 2013), T.J. Lang, RG (No. 109, 2009), Mike Daniels, DT (No. 132, 2012).

Worst pick: Cory Rodgers, WR.

Selected No. 104 overall in 2006, the receiver/return specialist from TCU remains the highest draft pick that has failed to make the team as a rookie in Thompson's tenure as GM. The Packers threw away $465,120 in signing bonus money on Rodgers, who had trouble catching punts in training camp.

Dishonorable mention: Jerron McMillian, S (No. 133, 2012), Allen Barbre, T (No. 119, 2007), Jeremy Thompson, DE (No. 102, 2008).

Notes: Eight of Thompson's 14 fourth-round picks remain on the Packers' roster, and as many of five (Bakhtiari, Tretter, Lang, Sitton, Daniels) could be starters in 2014. … Jeremy Thompson's career was cut short by a neck injury that forced him to retire in 2010. … Johnathan Franklin, RB (No. 125, 2013) rushed for 103 yards in Week 3 against the Bengals last season.