Packers Draft 26th: A Look at Recent History

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Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

We know the Green Bay Packers will have the No. 26 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft thanks to their exit in the divisional round of the playoffs.

We’ll get into prospects and needs at a later date, but we always find it interesting to look at the players drafted in recent seasons in the Packers’ draft slot. It gives an idea about what sort of impact you might be able to expect from that player.

So, here they are from the last five years along with their rookie-year stats.

2012 — Whitney Mercilus, outside linebacker (Houston)
Four starts, 25 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles
Mercilus was obviously a contributor as a pass rusher on one of the league’s best defenses.

2011 — Jon Baldwin, receiver (Kansas City)
Three starts, 21 receptions, 254 yards, 1 TD
Baldwin has only 41 catches and 10 starts in his two seasons for a team without many receiving options.

2010 — Dan Williams, defensive tackle (Arizona)
Zero starts, 38 tackles, 0 sacks
Williams isn’t really a big stats guys — he’s a fat body to clog up the middle. He started 11 games this season and had 44 tackles, which is pretty good for a defensive tackle.

2009 — Clay Matthews, linebacker (Green Bay)
Thirteen starts, 51 tackles, 10 sacks, 1 forced fumble
You know the story here.

2008 — Duane Brown, tackle (Houston)
16 starts
Made the Pro Bowl his rookie season and has been a full-time starter ever since.

Out of the group, you have two top-tier talents in Matthews and Brown, two contributors in Williams and Mercilus and one guy who hasn’t done much of anything in Baldwin.

The draft is somewhat of a crapshoot, but at least it’s at least relieving to know the Packers did pretty well the last time they picked at No. 26.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

9 Comments on "Packers Draft 26th: A Look at Recent History"

  1. AZ Pack

    Would love to see them take RB Lacie from Bama. Would be huge for us to actually get a running back that we can count on…

  2. mitchy

    We need Oline help…draft barrett jones….a good O line makes average backs look good…and keeps Arod off of his back

  3. Snarff1

    Hawks a free agent, let him go and get a fast ILB to take his place or if Lacie is there take him. Maybe Ted can bundle and move up to fll both spots.

  4. Chris

    Sure hope TT is reading the posts.
    ‘Move up so you can fill both spots’.
    Last I checked, bundling picks means you offer multiple lower round/later round picks to get less higher round picks.
    Seems like a bit of confusion on your part.

    Let dentists do your teeth. Let contractors build your home. And let a professional GM pick your team.

    • Savage57

      Chris – I apologize on John’s behalf. He missed his dose this morning and decided to come here and post.

  5. Vijay

    If Ted’s done an awesome job we should be in the Championship game every year–we’re not. Part of me secretly wishes we never won Super Bowl 45, just so we can stop kissing his arse already. OK, it was great going on a magical run, but now it’s evident that all my years of Ted bashing are finally justified–no dynasty for us. And what a shame, he got us a great QB, DB, OLB and a couple of other nice pieces as far as perimeter players—then it’s just a bunch of dudes who shuffle around and need “coaching up” to win.

    We got handled by a physically superior, fundamentally sound team twice in the playoffs, with the league MVP-type QB in Rodgers, this is just unacceptable. The rest of you may be willing to settle for one championship every 10 or so years, but I for one, am not. Ted & Co. draft gaffes/ misses are evidence supporting my argument.

    How come Tom Terrific is always in the AFC Championship game and competing in SB after SB, are we saying Tom Brady and Colin K. are that much better than A Rod? I think not…their teams certainly are, however.

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