Only four teams in the National Football League have used a first-round pick in each of the last three seasons on a defensive player.

Only one of those teams has gotten almost nothing out of it.

If you guessed that team was the Green Bay Packers, you're right.

General manager Ted Thompson has really only struck gold twice in the first round during his 10 drafts with the Packers (Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews). And if ever he needed his fortunes to change, it's on the heels of the 2013 defensive meltdown.

Nick Perry, Datone Jones, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

If those three were to play like the first-round picks they are, the Packers' defensive shortcomings could be eradicated.

"It's not just about me, it's about the entire defense," Jones, the 26th pick in the '13 draft, said about high expectations for him. "I have to hold up my end of the bargain on defense, so we can go out there and play fast. All I can do is control is my effort.

"But at the same time I have to do the right things, so I'm not hurting the defense."

Of the three other teams who have used first-round picks on defensive players each of the past three drafts each has at least one player who has produced like a top pick.

Minnesota safety Harrison Smith ('12) had a terrific rookie year, and after missing last season with a toe injury, he will be the focal point of the secondary this year. The New York Jets' defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson ('13) was defensive rookie of the year. And St. Louis has gotten huge starting contributions from linebacker Alec Ogletree ('13) and defensive lineman Michael Brockers ('12).