You won't hear Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson or coach Mike McCarthy use the words "soft" or "finesse" or "undersized" when they describe their team.

You won't hear them say that the 45-31 shellacking the San Francisco 49ers put on them in the divisional round of the playoffs shook them to the core, forcing them to take a long look at what kind of team they have.

But sometimes actions speak louder than words.

Since the Packers picked their ragged bodies off the ground after the 49ers ran through them for 579 yards, they have done everything to become more like the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, the two heavyweights who threw bolos for 60 minutes in Super Bowl XLVII.

The NFL game evolves quickly and the Packers team, with its precise and polished offense, seemed to be built for climate-controlled confines when it won Super Bowl XLV.

But the following year, the New York Giants banged them around with a hard-nosed offense and defense in a shocking home playoff loss and then last year the Giants destroyed them by 28 points in New York and the 49ers beat them both home and away with their physical brand of football.

Forced to stare those losses in the face, Thompson and McCarthy had to come to terms with the fact they haven't competed well with those types of teams.

"Not specifically the San Francisco 49ers," Thompson said when asked if that loss forced him to look at player acquisition differently. "But the game in general is evolving, is changing, and there's a lot more space stuff. But at the same time it's a tough game."

When you line up the 11 draft picks Thompson made over the course of three days, it would be very hard to deny that this class reflects his and McCarthy's desire to bring some strength and toughness into the ranks.

The poster child for that effort is 5-11, 229-pound running back Eddie Lacy, the bruising Alabama runner who tore through the highly rated Notre Dame defense for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in the BCS title game. The Packers haven't had a runner with his power since Ahman Green and now they have an opportunity to let him transform their running game.

"When you talk about weight you're into measurables, but you're talking about running styles," McCarthy said. "Ahman was that type of running style, Ryan Grant had a forward lean, downhill style. Lacy has that type of running style. They're just built differently."

But it's not just the addition of Lacy, who they were surprised was still available with the 61st overall pick. Pretty much all the way down the line, they added players who bring size and strength to the locker room.

Their top pick, UCLA defensive end Datone Jones has been viewed by the organization as a more athletic Vonnie Holliday, the team's highly effective and enormously strong end a decade ago. Jones is far quicker and at 6-4, 280 pounds has the kind of frame where he can get even bigger.

"If you look at him right now, he's a well-built guy," defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said. "It's been my experience with that position and that kind of body type, that he'll get a little bit bigger. We don't need him to get too much bigger. He's plenty strong enough. When he punches and gets his hands inside, he's plenty strong enough."

The two tackles the Packers selected in the fourth round, David Bakhtiari of Colorado and J.C. Tretter of Cornell are both in the 6-foot-4, 300-pound range and fell just short of 30 repetitions bench-pressing 225 pounds during pre-draft testing. Their readiness to play right away might be in question, but what they bring to the huddle isn't.

Then there's 6-2½, 307 pound defensive tackle Josh Boyd from Mississippi St. and 248-pound outside linebacker Nate Palmer, who were taken in the fifth- and sixth-rounds respectively.