Green Bay Packers Top 10 Drafts

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Paul Hornung

Lisle Blackbourn didn’t do much right as Packers coach and general manager, but at least he didn’t screw up when he had two first-round picks in 1957.

Those dual picks turned into Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer.

Hornung, of course, would go on to a Hall of Fame career as a halfback. During his nine-year Packers career, Hornung would make two Pro Bowls, earn two first-team All Pro nods and lead the league in scoring three times, including 1960 when he put up 176 points.

Kramer, who Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson once called the toughest tight end he ever faced, played seven seasons with the Packers before getting traded to Detroit. Had he not finished his career with the Lions, we’d probably be calling Kramer a Hall of Famer as well. Kramer had more than 500 yards receiving in four of his seven seasons with the Packers, which, in the 1960s was a ton for a tight end.

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3 Comments on "Green Bay Packers Top 10 Drafts"

  1. Shawn

    Were the drafts in the late 50’s and early 60’s that great, or were those players just lucky enough to play under Vince Lombardi?

    How many of these guys go to the Hall of Fame without winning multiple championships under Lombardi?

    I know Bart Starr, for one, never gets anywhere near the Hall until Lombardi walked through that door. Even a spectacular athlete like Herb Adderley probably never makes the Hall without being switched to CB under Lombardi.

    I think a great case can be made that 2010 is Ted Thompson’s best draft. No Pro Bowls as of yet, and likely no Hall of Famers from this group. However, 7 picks (the least of any Thompson draft) and all 7 are still on the team. All 7 have started multiple games for the Packers, including 5 of the 7 being starters right now.

    That wouldn’t be very impressive if the team wasn’t very good. However, the Packers have the best record in the NFL since these guys were drafted. They’ve won one Super Bowl, two division titles, and 5 playoff games in 3 seasons.

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