Best and worst of Ted Thompson's drafts: Safeties


GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Ted Thompson has picked 96 players in the 10 NFL 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, linebackers and cornerbacks.

We'll finish up with safeties (we're skipping specialists because the only player Thompson has drafted is kicker Mason Crosby).

Total players drafted: Seven -- Nick Collins, Marviel Underwood, Tyrone Culver, Aaron Rouse, Morgan Burnett, Jerron McMillian, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Best pick: Collins

The second-round pick in 2005 was coming off his third straight Pro Bowl season when he sustained what turned out to be career-ending neck injury in Week 2 of the 2011 season against the Carolina Panthers. Collins had 21 career interceptions in his six-plus seasons. All but four of those picks came in his three Pro Bowl years (2008-10). Only 28 years old at the time of his injury, Collins seemingly was in the prime of his career.

Honorable mention: Clinton-Dix.

Worst pick: Rouse

The Packers dumped Rouse (third round, 2007) in 2009, releasing him two days after he started in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He picked off one pass in 27 games (10 starts) with the Packers. He played the final 14 games of 2009 for the New York Giants and then never appeared in another NFL game.

Dishonorable mention: McMillian

Notes: Like Rouse, McMillian (fourth round, 2012) was cut in the middle of the season. He opened the 2013 season as a starter but was released by December. He went to training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014 but did not make the team. … Culver (sixth round, 2006) played 14 games for the Packers as a rookie but was released the following season. He went on to play 66 games for the Miami Dolphins from 2007-12.