Photos on this post courtesy of packershistory.net.
This year’s draft, for the first time in half a century, is being held this year in Chicago, Ill., beginning Thursday, April 30, and continuing through Saturday, May 2.
Here is our countdown of first round draft choices already published:
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We’ve decided to provide you with a full list of the draft picks from each year continuing right up until 2014 … which we will consider just as the draft is kicking off at the end of April and beginning of May.
This exercise gives us the opportunity to look at how the draft process has changed over the years and remember the top draft selections made by the Packers and how they impacted the team and the league.
So, let’s keep the ball rolling today with the full list of Packers’ picks of the college players that were brought to Green Bay during the 28 rounds (Yes! 28 rounds!) of the draft in 1944 … below you will see Merv Pregulman as the Packers first choice in this draft a time when it wasUncle Sam who also drafting the young men to fight in World War II … it was clearly a time when the war efforts superseded the ability of the NFL to put the best guys on the field.
With the limits clearly affecting the quality of the players in the league, it also affected the quality of the draft. As you can see from the list below, none of these players did much for Green Bay in 1944, nor for the years that would follow:
|16||159||Lou Shelton||B||0||Oregon St.|
|18||181||Hugh Cox||B||0||North Carolina|
|19||192||Kermit Davis||E||0||Mississippi St.|
|23||236||John Wesley Perry||B||0||Duke|
|26||269||Ray Jordan||B||0||North Carolina|
|28||291||A.B. Howard||E||0||Mississippi St.|
|30||313||Bob Butchofsky||B||0||Texas A&M|
While Merv Pergulman was the first pick for the Green Bay Packers in 1944, the center/guard out of Michigan would play just one season in Green Bay starting after the war in 1946. He would go on to play in Detroit for two seasons, 1947-48 and then finish his career in 1949 with the New York Giants. During that time, he started 24 of the 47 games in which he would play.
The most successful player selected by Green Bay in this 1944 draft was Alex Agase, the eighth round pick. However, he wouldn’t play in Green Bay. He went on after the war to play in the All-America Football Conference for most of his career. He did play his final seasons with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL in 1953.