Green Bay Packers: Top 10 draft picks under Ted Thompson

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers /
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GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 11: Mike Daniels
GREEN BAY, WI – DECEMBER 11: Mike Daniels /

8. Mike Daniels, DT

Look up underrated in the dictionary and you’ll find Mike Daniels’ name.

Thompson used one of his four compensatory draft picks in 2012 to select Daniels in the fourth round. The Day 3 selection has gone on to become arguably the Packers’ best defensive player, and one of the league’s most talented defensive linemen.

Disruptive, powerful and strong, the former wrestler is a force along the Packers’ defensive front. He has 27 sacks to his name in six seasons, and often has to deal with double teams.

Because of that, Daniels slips under the radar to casual fans. He doesn’t often light up stat sheets, and his season sack tally doesn’t surpass double digits, but that’s not his job. The work of the Packers’ defensive linemen often goes unnoticed, but make no mistake, Daniels is very good at his job.

One of his finest games came against Seattle in Week 1 of the 2017 season. He powered through Seattle’s offensive line time and again, registering 1.5 sacks and forcing a fumble that led to the Packers’ first score.

Daniels went to the Pro Bowl for the first time this past season, an honor well overdue. He was also came in at No. 89 in Pro Football Focus’ Top 101 players of 2017 rankings.

Not bad for a fourth-round pick.