2011: OT Derek Sherrod
It was a case of what might have been for tackle Derek Sherrod, selected by the Packers with the 32nd overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Sherrod kicked off a below-average draft class for Green Bay, although it did produce names like Randall Cobb and Davon House.
Sherrod was expected to bolster the reigning world champions’ offensive line, but his rookie season was ended with a broken leg suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had featured in just five games.
After complications from his original surgery, Sherrod missed the entirety of the 2012 season and wasn’t ready to return until 2013. He would feature in seven games. In 2014, Sherrod was forced into action against the Seattle Seahawks in the season opener and struggled, giving up two sacks. Things were a little better for him in his only start a week later against the Jets, but it was still an uphill battle for the former first-rounder.
Sadly, Sherrod was never fully able to recover from the broken leg he suffered as a rookie. It was a significant injury that sidelined him for the best part of two years. Sherrod was waived by the Packers in 2014.