Best and worst of the draft: Third round

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 and fourth rounds.

Next up is Round 3.

Total players drafted: 7

By position: Safeties 2, running backs 1, tight ends 1, receivers 1, linebackers 1, centers 1.

Best pick: James Jones, WR.

After seven solid seasons, Jones (No. 78 overall, 2007) left this offseason to sign a three-year, $10 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. Almost always a No. 3 receiver, Jones caught 37 career touchdown passes (including a career-best 14 in 2012).

Honorable mention: Jermichael Finley, TE (No. 91, 2008), Morgan Burnett, S (No. 71, 2010).

Worst pick: Abdul Hodge, LB.

Selected No. 67 overall in 2006, the inside linebacker from Iowa made just one career start for the Packers and appeared in only eight games. He missed all of the 2007 season because of a knee injury and then was released in training camp the following season.

Dishonorable mention: Aaron Rouse, S (No. 89, 2007), Alex Green, RB (No. 96, 2011), Jason Spitz, C (No. 75, 2006).

Notes: This is the fewest selections Thompson has made in any round, and he has not made a third-round pick the last two drafts. Last year, he traded back to acquire another pick in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds from the Miami Dolphins. The fourth-round pick ended up being left tackle David Bakhtiari. The fifth rounder was traded away and the seventh rounder was used on receiver Kevin Dorsey. In 2012, he traded his third and fifth-round picks to the New England Patriots to move up into the second round to take cornerback Casey Hayward.