Ted Thompson had nine picks in the 2014 draft and got middling results from them. Six of the nine made the team, with two entirely relegated to the practice roster. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix came in the first round, Fresno State receiver Davante Adams in round two, California tight end Richard Rodgers in round three, Ohio State center Corey Linsley in round five, Baylor defensive back Demetri Goodson in round six and Wisconsin-Saginaw Valley receiver Jeff Janis in round seven. Two picks from the 2013 draft – receiver Ken Dorsey and lineman J.C. Tretter – also made their initial NFL appearances in 2014.
Four undrafted free agents supplemented the draft picks: Colorado State nose tackle Mike Pennell, Toledo linebacker Jayrone Elliott, Maine tight end Justin Perillo and Miami defensive end Luther Robinson.
All the rookies except Dorsey and Robinson are still with the Packers in 2016, and Dix, Adams, Rodgers and Linsley moved into the starting lineup in their first year. Tretter was slated to be a starter in his rookie season as well, but was sidelined by injury and leapfrogged by Linsley…who returned the favor in 2016. Pennell and Elliot have shown potential but have yet to develop.
Of the rookie starters, Rodgers has yet to impress and Adams has been very slow to develop. Dix generally has played well, but the unheralded “short-armed” Linsley united the offensive line of the leagues’ leading offense in his first season; Corey Linsley was the Packers’ top rookie in 2014.