Best and worst of the draft: Second round

May, 5, 2014
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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 picks, 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, fifth, fourth and third rounds.

Next up is Round 2.

Total players drafted: 13.

By position: Receivers 4, running backs 2, cornerbacks 2, defensive ends 2, guards 1, quarterbacks 1, safeties 1.

Best pick: Nick Collins, S.

By age 27, Collins (No. 51 overall, 2005) was already a three-time Pro Bowl selection. But his career was cut down in its prime when he sustained a neck injury against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2 of the 2011 season. He has not played since despite his desire to return. The Packers released him the next offseason and have struggled to replace his playmaking ability from the safety position.

Honorable mention: Greg Jennings, WR (No. 52, 2006), Jordy Nelson, WR (No. 36, 2008), Randall Cobb, WR (No. 64, 2011), Eddie Lacy, RB (No. 61, 2013).

Worst pick: Brian Brohm, QB.

The third quarterback taken in the draft -- behind Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco -- Brohm (No. 56, 2008) struggled from the outset and lost the backup quarterback job to another rookie, seventh-round pick Matt Flynn. After spending the season as the third-stringer, he failed to even make the team in his second year. The Bills signed him in 2009, and he appeared in three games over two seasons in Buffalo.

Dishonorable mention: Pat Lee, CB (No. 60, 2008), Brandon Jackson, RB (No. 63, 2007), Jerel Worthy, DE (No. 62, 2012), Terrence Murphy, WR (No. 58, 2005).

Notes: Thompson has selected almost as many Pro Bowlers in the second round (three -- Collins, Jennings and Lacy) as he has in the first round (four -- Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk and B.J. Raji). ... Nearly half of his second-round picks (Lacy, Worthy, Cobb, Nelson, Casey Hayward and Mike Neal) remain on the roster. Two others (Jennings and Daryn Colledge) played for other teams last season. ... Murphy's career ended after just three games because of a neck injury.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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