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Analyzing Packers General Manager Ted Thompson’s Draft Success


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Over the past eight weeks I have been reviewing Ted Thompson’s previous NFL drafts with the Green Bay Packers, beginning with his first in 2005. The conclusion I have reached is, although flippin’ awesome, Ted Thompson has a really difficult job.

He has drafted 75 players during his time with the Packers. In my opinion, based on my look-see analysis nearly 65 percent of the players selected managed to stick around at least two years and make reasonable on-field contributions. To make a baseball comparison of Thompson’s draft success, he hits for a high average, with a lot of doubles, and has home run power that keeps the pitcher honest. That’s a guy you want on your team. He’s going to win you games and you can depend on him.

Thompson’s first five first round draft picks – not counting 2008 because the Packers’ first pick was in the second round, Jordy Nelson – were really solid. One MVP quarterback, one bust and three intricate pieces to either the offense or the defense.

As for the two most recent, it is too early to tell. Thus far it is a tough call. Both Derek Sherrod and Nick Perry have had their seasons cut short by injury. But they both still have the potential and opportunity to develop into solid players.

One could argue that Thompson’s worst draft class was his first, in 2005. You could also contend that it was his best. Aaron Rodgers was an obvious home run and Packers Nation may not have celebrated Super Bowl XLV without Nick Collins. But other than those two guys it’s pretty slim pickings. Brady Poppinga is the next note-worthy player to emerge from the 2005 draft.

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Thompson’s most consistent draft of his eight is the 2010 draft class.

All seven players selected are still on the team and each of them have made reasonably significant on-field contributions. The knock on this class might be that there have been no stars who have emerged and there is a decent chance that none do.

Many of these guys do have the ability for Pro Bowl seasons, but health has also been a concern for many of these players.

With the past behind and the 2013 draft in front of the Packers it is safe to assume that five of the Packers eight picks will make the team.

Continuing with the seasonally appropriate baseball analogy, it’s possible there might be a home run in the bunch, but it’s likely there will be a lot of doubles and a couple of singles.

However they drop, it will be exciting because the 2013 season is on the horizon.

Below is every draft pick of the Packers under Thompson’s regime. This is provided by NFL.com.

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2012 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 28 Nick Perry LB USC
2 51 Jerel Worthy DE Michigan State
2 62 Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
4 132 Mike Daniels DE Iowa
4 133 Jerron McMillian SS Maine
5 163 Terrell Manning LB North Carolina State
7 241 Andrew Datko T Florida State
7 243 B.J. Coleman QB Tennessee-Chattanooga
2011 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 32 Derek Sherrod T Mississippi State
2 64 Randall Cobb WR Kentucky
3 96 Alex Green RB Hawaii
4 131 Davon House DB New Mexico State
5 141 D.J. Williams TE Arkansas
6 179 Caleb Schlauderaff G Utah
6 186 D.J. Smith LB Appalachian State
6 197 Ricky Elmore LB Arizona
7 218 Ryan Taylor TE North Carolina
7 233 Lawrence Guy DT Arizona State
2010 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 23 Bryan Bulaga T Iowa
2 56 Mike Neal DE Purdue
3 71 Morgan Burnett SS Georgia Tech
5 154 Andrew Quarless TE Penn State
5 169 Marshall Newhouse T Texas Christian
6 193 James Starks RB Buffalo
7 230 C.J. Wilson DE East Carolina
2009 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 9 B.J. Raji NT Boston College
1 26 Clay Matthews LB USC
4 109 T.J. Lang T Eastern Michigan
5 145 Quinn Johnson RB Louisiana State
5 162 Jamon Meredith T South Carolina
6 182 Jarius Wynn DE Georgia
6 187 Brandon Underwood DB Cincinnati
7 218 Brad Jones LB Colorado
2008 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
2 36 Jordy Nelson WR Kansas State
2 56 Brian Brohm QB Louisville
2 60 Pat Lee CB Auburn
3 91 Jermichael Finley TE Texas
4 102 Jeremy Thompson DE Wake Forest
4 135 Josh Sitton G Central Florida
5 150 Breno Giacomini T Louisville
7 209 Matt Flynn QB Louisiana State
7 217 Brett Swain WR San Diego State
2007 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 16 Justin Harrell DT Tennessee
2 63 Brandon Jackson RB Nebraska
3 78 James Jones WR San Jose State
3 89 Aaron Rouse SAF Virginia Tech
4 119 Allen Barbre G Missouri Southern State
5 157 David Clowney WR Virginia Tech
6 191 Korey Hall FB Boise State
6 192 Desmond Bishop LB California
6 193 Mason Crosby K Colorado
7 228 DeShawn Wynn RB Florida
7 243 Clark Harris TE Rutgers
2006 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 5 A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State
2 47 Daryn Colledge G Boise State
2 52 Greg Jennings WR Western Michigan
3 67 Abdul Hodge LB Iowa
3 75 Jason Spitz G Louisville
4 104 Cory Rodgers WR Texas Christian
4 115 Will Blackmon CB Boston College
5 148 Ingle Martin QB Furman
5 165 Tony Moll G Nevada-Reno
6 183 Johnny Jolly DT Texas A&M
6 185 Tyrone Culver DB Fresno State
7 253 Dave Tollefson DE Northwest Missouri State
2005 – GREEN BAY PACKERS
RD SEL # PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 24 Aaron Rodgers QB California
2 51 Nick Collins FS Bethune-Cookman
2 58 Terrence Murphy WR Texas A&M
4 115 Marviel Underwood DB San Diego State
4 125 Brady Poppinga LB Brigham Young
5 143 Junius Coston C North Carolina A&T
5 167 Mike Hawkins DB Oklahoma
6 180 Mike Montgomery DT Texas A&M
6 195 Craig Bragg WR UCLA
7 245 Kurt Campbell CB Albany State (NY)
7 246 Will Whitticker G Michigan State

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