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Best and worst of Ted Thompson's drafts: Cornerbacks

4/27/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ted Thompson has picked 96 players in the 10 drafts he has run as general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Like any personnel man who makes the final call, he has had his share of hits and misses.

Leading up to the start of the draft on Thursday, we have been examining Thompson's best and worst picks at each position group.

So far, we've covered quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers.

Next up, cornerbacks.

Total players selected: Eight -- Michael Hawkins, Will Blackmon, Pat Lee, Brandon Underwood, Davon House, Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Demetri Goodson

Best pick: Hayward

The second-round pick in 2012 is the likely successor at left cornerback to Tramon Williams, who left in free agency to sign with the Cleveland Browns. Hayward tied Williams for the team interception lead last year with three in the regular season, and he has nine interceptions overall in 35 career games while playing mostly in the sub packages. Six of those interceptions came as a rookie before he missed all but three games in 2013 because of recurring hamstring injuries.

Honorable mention: Hyde

Worst pick: Lee

A second-round pick in 2008, Lee started just one game for the Packers over four seasons. He played in only five games as a rookie, then missed all of the 2009 season because of a knee injury. In 2010 and 2011, Lee played mostly on special teams. Despite playing 32 games for the Packers, he only played 104 total defensive snaps. He played one more season, 2012, for the Oakland Raiders (eight games) and Detroit Lions (seven games) and has not played in the NFL since.

Dishonorable mention: Underwood

Notes: Both Williams and Sam Shields, who were paired as the Packers' two starting corners from 2012-2014, came into the league as undrafted free agents. … Hyde (fifth round, 2013) has played in all 32 regular-game games plus all three playoff games in his two seasons. ... House (fourth round, 2011) signed a four-year, $24.5-million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency despite never being a regular starter during his four seasons in Green Bay. … Underwood (sixth round, 2009) played 23 games in two years as a backup, then was released at the end of training camp in 2011. He was arrested twice, including once for disorderly conduct against his wife following the Packers' Super Bowl ring ceremony. He spent time with the Raiders and Cowboys after the Packers cut him, but never played in another NFL game. … Goodson (sixth round, 2014) is a former college basketball player at Gonzaga who transferred to Baylor to play football. He could compete for playing time this season after being active for just six games as a rookie and playing only on special teams.