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First-Class Rookies: Picks Make Sudden Impact

LB Clay Matthews (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

GM Ted Thompson hit the jackpot with his April draft. B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews III and Brad Jones enjoyed strong performances for the NFL's top-ranked defense on Monday night against Baltimore. This trio just keeps getting better.

Any personnel man worth his salt will tell you that it takes at least three years to judge the success of a draft. Nonetheless, 25 months seems like an awfully long wait to proclaim that general manager Ted Thompson put together a masterpiece of a draft in April. That was apparent in watching B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews III and Brad Jones spearhead the top-ranked defense's effort against the Ravens...

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