2016 NFL Draft: Green Bay Packers select #27 – here are #27s of past decade

Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the podium on stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 3, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown (34) runs the ball while Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) and cornerback Chris Harris (25) attempts to make the tackle during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown (34) runs the ball while Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward (43) and cornerback Chris Harris (25) attempts to make the tackle during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

Donald Brown

As per profootballreference.com:

College: Connecticut (school history)/(Brown college stats)
Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

In seven years in the league with Indianapolis and San Diego, Donald Brown has been a backup running back who has produced when called upon.

In all, he has carried the ball 695 times for 2,829 yards and 18 touchdowns.

For a running back in pass-happy offenses in the Colts and Chargers, it appears that while Brown hasn’t produced Hall of Fame numbers, he’s been a solid back for those two organizations.

A bonus those two franchises have gotten from Brown is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

In his career, he has 120 receptions for 1,066 yards.

In contrast, the Packers had two solid draft picks in the first round, B.J. Raji at number 9 and Clay Matthews at number 26, just before Brown was selected.

While Raji has had his moments, his overall career in Green Bay has been marred by injury and the coaches playing him in the wrong position for a couple of seasons. Though he came back last year to have a solid (not spectacular) season, the team will have to decide whether to re-sign him or let him walk in free agency.

We all know what the Packers got with Clay Matthews-a superstar who is the second highest paid Packer on the roster.

Donald Brown’s statistics

Games Rushing Receiving
Year G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2009 11 1 78 281 3 45 3.6 25.5 7.1 14 11 169 15.4 0 72 1.0 15.4 450 3 1 4
2010 13 8 129 497 2 49 3.9 38.2 9.9 28 20 205 10.3 0 25 1.5 15.8 702 2 0 6
2011 16 2 134 645 5 80 4.8 40.3 8.4 19 16 86 5.4 0 17 1.0 5.4 731 5 0 4
2012 10 4 108 417 1 19 3.9 41.7 10.8 13 9 93 10.3 0 39 0.9 9.3 510 1 0 3
2013 16 5 102 537 6 51 5.3 33.6 6.4 35 27 214 7.9 2 33 1.7 13.4 751 8 1 6
2014 13 3 85 223 0 16 2.6 17.2 6.5 41 29 211 7.3 0 24 2.2 16.2 434 0 1 3
2015 9 2 59 229 1 53 3.9 25.4 6.6 13 8 88 11.0 0 31 0.9 9.8 317 1 1 2
Career 88 25 695 2829 18 80 4.1 32.1 7.9 163 120 1066 8.9 2 72 1.4 12.1 3895 20 4 28
5 yrs 66 20 551 2377 17 80 4.3 36.0 8.3 109 83 767 9.2 2 72 1.3 11.6 3144 19 2 23
2 yrs 22 5 144 452 1 53 3.1 20.5 6.5 54 37 299 8.1 0 31 1.7 13.6 751 1 2 5

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/27/2016.

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