Starter Pack: The NFL and ranking recruits

A roundup of what's happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- National signing day for college football doesn't register high on the NFL's radar, but Packers cornerback Micah Hyde -- who just completed his rookie season -- had some advice for those who were making their college choices on Wednesday.

He should know. Hyde was not heralded by recruiting analysts coming out of Fostoria, Ohio, where he played multiple positions (including quarterback). Nevertheless, he went on to play at the University of Iowa and worked his way up to being a fifth-round pick and a highly productive player as a rookie both on defense and special teams.

Here's a look at where the players selected by the Packers in last year's draft were rated coming out of high school:

First round -- Datone Jones, North Carolina: Ranked 15th nationally at defensive end in the class of 2008 by ESPN; eighth at his position 125th overall nationally by Rivals.

Second round -- Eddie Lacy, Alabama: Ranked 17th at running back in the class of 2009 and 143rd overall in ESPN's Top 150; 13th at his position and 116th overall by Rivals.

Fourth round -- David Bakhtiari, Colorado: Offensive lineman was not ranked by either ESPN or Rivals, although he was listed in both recruiting databases.

Fourth round -- JC Tretter, Cornell: Offensive lineman was not even listed in either ESPN or Rivals databases.

Fourth round -- Johnathan Franklin, UCLA: Ranked 86th at running back in the class of 2008 by ESPN; 16th at his position and 185th overall nationally by Rivals.

Fifth round -- Micah Hyde, Iowa: Ranked 113th among quarterbacks in the class of 2009 by ESPN, not ranked by Rivals.

Fifth round -- Josh Boyd, Mississippi State: Ranked 37th at defensive tackle in the class of 2009 by ESPN; 15th at his position and 180th overall by Rivals.

Seventh round -- Nate Palmer, Illinois State (began at Illinois): Ranked 74th at outside linebacker in the class of 2008 by ESPN; 55th at his position by Rivals.

Seventh round -- Charles Johnson, Grand Valley State (began at Eastern Kentucky): Receiver was not even listed in the ESPN or Rivals databases.

Seventh round -- Kevin Dorsey, Maryland: Ranked 57th at wide receiver in the class of 2008 by ESPN; 19th at his position and 154th overall by Rivals.

Seventh round -- Sam Barrington, South Florida: Ranked 47th at outside linebacker in the class of 2009 by ESPN; not ranked by Rivals.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

  • Former Packers safety Nick Collins said he’s definitely interesting in trying to resurrect his career, which was cut short by a 2011 neck injury. In a phone interview, he said: “I’m 100 percent healed from the surgery, so if teams want to bring me in and get me evaluated by their doctors -- or whatever doctors they want me to go see -- then I'll do that for them.”

  • Collins, however, admitted that a return to the Packers was unlikely.

  • Although the Packers still have not officially named running backs coach Alex Van Pelt as their new quarterbacks coach, Aaron Rodgers expects the transition to go smoothly.

  • Speaking of new position coaches, the Packers haven’t hired a replacement for the recently resigned Kevin Greene. But whoever it is will need more natural outside linebackers to work with than Greene had.

Best of the rest:

  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde wrote that the Packers were interested in Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Hammock for Van Pelt’s old job, but the Baltimore Ravens beat them to it and hired him.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that it will be expensive to retain cornerback Sam Shields, who is scheduled to become a free agent next month.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, writers Tyler Dunne and Bob McGinn discussed multiple topics in their latest podcast.