High hopes for Packers' defense-first draft class

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Not even a full day into his Green Bay Packers career, first-round draft pick Nick Perry was asked if he knew that some fans already wonder if his pass-rush skills can make him something of a savior for the defense.

With new Packers players set to hit the practice field Friday afternoon for the team's rookie minicamp, the same sentiment could apply to several other Packers draftees.

Hoping to patch some holes in one of the league's leakiest defenses last season, Packers general manager Ted Thompson used his first six picks in last month's NFL draft on defensive players.

Perry isn't prepared to call himself a potential savior, saying he'll "put my best foot forward to help the situation."