Marquette’s Johnny Strzykalski, Green Packers 1946 first round pick, played for 49ers

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Here we are sitting on NFL Combine weekend and just around the corner from the 2015 NFL Draft, a time when each of the 32 teams, including selections by the Green Bay Packers, will be made.

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.

With that said, we’ve decided to take a look back at the Packers top choices in each of the drafts through the years – the first of which was held in 1936.

Here is our countdown of first round draft choices already published: 

1936 – Russ Letlow

1937 – Ed Jankowski

1938 – Cecil Isbell

1939 – Jerry Buhler

1940 – Hal Van Every

1941 – George Peskvan – but Tony Canadeo was seventh-rounder

1942 – Urban Odson

1943 – Dick Wildung

1944- Merv Pregulman

1945 – Walt Schlinkman

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 30 rounds (Yes! 230 rounds!) of the draft in 1946 … below you will see Johnny Strzykalski out of Marquette University as the Packers first choice in this draft, but when it was all said and done, he never played a down for Green Bay. Instead, Strzykalski ended up playing seven years in San Francisco.

Only third round pick Bob Nussbaumer played for Green Bay. As a halfback from 1946-51 Nussbaumer played 49 games for Green Bay, rushing 95 times for 238 yards. The Michigan grad also caught 76 passes for 992 yards and scored five touchdowns. On defense, he also pulled in 16 interceptions.


16Johnny StrzykalskiHB24GNB1946195201508141153800662341519931218128Marquette
321Bob NussbaumerHB22GNB19461951000049711100095238076992516Michigan
536Ed CodyFB23GNB1947195000103809334621202Purdue
646John FerraroTGNB000USC
756Art RennerEGNB000Michigan
866Bert ColeTGNB000Oklahoma St.
976Grant DarnellGGNB000Texas A&M
1086Joe McAfeeBGNB000Holy Cross
1196Steve ConroyBGNB000Holy Cross
12106Billy HildebrandEGNB000Mississippi St.
13116Tom HandCGNB000Iowa
14126George HillsGGNB000Georgia Tech
15136Jim HoughBGNB000Clemson
16146Dean GainesTGNB000Georgia Tech
17156J.P. MillerGGNB000Georgia
18166Boyd MorseEGNB000Arizona
19176Joe BradfordCGNB000USC
20186Bill DeRosaBGNB000Boston Col.
21196Ralph GrantBGNB000Bucknell
22206Howie BrownG24GNB1948195000303622Indiana
23216Andy KosmacCGNB000LSU
24226Maurice StacyBGNB000Washington
25236Chick DavidsonTGNB000Cornell
26246John NortonBGNB000Washington
27256Ed HoltsingerBGNB000Georgia Tech
28266Joe CampbellEGNB000Holy Cross
29276Francis SaundersTGNB000Clemson
30286Al SparlisG26GNB19461946000031UCLA

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