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The Green Bay Packers Often Pick Winners in Lucky Round 7

The Green Bay Packers struck gold in the seventh round of the 1999 draft when they selected wide receiver Donald Driver. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s say it’s day three of the NFL draft and teams, including the Green Bay Packers, are heading into the seventh and final round. There are just scraps left, right? A few crumbs here and there. No one to get too excited about.

Well, if you’re a Packers fan, think again.

Since the draft shrank from 12 rounds to 7 in 1993, the Packers have struck gold several times and added some very serviceable players to their roster. Not coincidently, the hand of Ted Thompson played a role with most of these picks. Ted joined the Packers in 1993. He took a Seattle sabbatical from 2000 to 2004, when he served as the Seahawks’ vice president of operations. Thompson returned to the Packers as general manager in 2005.

Here’s my Top 7 List of seventh-rounders chosen by the Packers. I can’t wait to see Ted’s pick in the seventh round this year.

(Note: Missing from this list are NFL Hall of Famers Jim Ringo selected in the seventh round in 1953 and Tony Canadeo selected in the seventh round in 1941. There were only 13 teams in the league in 1953 and 10 teams in 1941, so the seventh round was not the crapshoot that it is currently in today’s 32-team league.)

Packers Top 7 List of Seventh Round Draft Choices

Donald Driver
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1. 1999. Donald Driver, Wide Receiver, Alcorn State, 213th Overall Pick
Packers all-time leader in number of receptions (743)
Packers all-time leader in receiving yardage (10,137)
Longest play in the playoffs in Packers’  history (90 yard TD pass, 1/8/2008, against N.Y. Giants)
Seven 1,000+ yards receiving, 61 regular season TDs
14-year career, all with the Pack
Super Bowl Champion
Pro Bowler

Adam Timmerman

2. 1995. Adam Timmerman, Guard, South Dakota State, 230th Overall Pick
Four-time Pro Bowler
Second-team All-Pro
Two-time Super Bowl Champion
Started 172 games for Packers and Rams

Scott Wells

3. 2004. Scott Wells, Center, Tennessee, 251st Overall Pick
Named starting center in spring of 2006
Pro Bowler in 2011
Super Bowl Champion
Started in 107 games for Packers and Rams

4. 2009. Brad Jones, Linebacker, Colorado, 218th Overall Pick
Starter at linebacker in 2009 and 2012
Super Bowl Champion
In 2012 recorded 77 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 passes defensed and one forced fumble
Signed new contract with Packers in 2013 for three years and $11.75 million

Matt Flynn

5. 2008. Matt Flynn, Quarterback, LSU, 209th Overall Pick
Holds all-time Packer records for yards and touchdowns in a single game (480 yards and 6 TDs versus Detroit, 1/1/12)
Super Bowl Champion

C.J. Wilson

6. 2010. C.J. Wilson, Defensive End, East Carolina, 230th Overall Pick
Played in 42 games in last three seasons, starting in 11 games
68 tackles, 3.5 sacks
Super Bowl Champion


7. 1996. Keith McKenzie, Defensive End, Ball State, 252nd Overall Pick

Keith McKenzie

95 NFL games played
29.5 sacks
9 fumble recoveries
Super Bowl Champion


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