Green Bay Packers Top 10 Drafts

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Aaron Rodgers vs. New Orleans

After the first two rounds, this draft was crap, but Ted Thompson makes the list here anyway because of his first two picks. They were quarterback Aaron Rodgers and safety Nick Collins.

It should go without saying that Rodgers will one day be in the Hall of Fame if he maintains anything close to his current pace. So far, Rodgers has three Pro Bowls, one first-team All Pro, an MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. He also led the league in quarterback rating the past two seasons, including an NFL record 122.5 in 2011.

Collins, unfortunately, had his career cut short by a neck injury after seven seasons. Before the injury, Collins made three consecutive Pro Bowls and had become the Packers defensive backbone and a physical force at safety that the team has yet to replace.

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

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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