Around the League will examine one key figure under pressure on each team heading into the 2012 season. Next up: The Green Bay Packers
Under Pressure: Dom Capers
The Packers obviously knew this, which explained why they used their first six draft picks to shore up Dom Capers' defense. The team selected USC defensive end Nick Perry in the first round, then traded up twice in the second round to grab Michigan State defensive end Jerel Worthy and Vanderbilt defensive back Casey Heyward. Capers will lean on each of the players to make an instant impact.
Perry will be counted on to provide pressure on the opposite end of Clay Matthews, with the hope that Matthews can return to being the sack-compiler he was in 2010. Matthews has moved from left to right outside linebacker to make way for Perry, and Capers could move Matthews around more then ever.
"I hope so. That's the plan," Matthews said last week. "It's all about mismatches and preferable lineups. Whenever we can take advantage of that, playing on the right side, left side, middle, wherever you want me to play, we're all about that, so I hope that's the case."
The Packers are a smart organization that realized where they fell short last year and acted aggressively to fix it. They turned draft day into Christmas for Capers, re-stocking the roster with young talent to assimilate with a proven core.