24. Jermichael Finley (Ray’s pick)
Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (91st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft, Jermichael Finley was too loud on social media and dropped to many balls during his four years in Green Bay … but he was also a freak when he was good, which was much of the time.
Finley was invisible his first season in 2008, but then exploded for 55 catches, 676 yards and five touchdowns in 2009.
With a 12.2-yard per-catch average his second year, his average stayed in double-digits throughout the remaining four years.
His best year came in 2011 when he caught 55 passes for 767 yards. He followed that up in 2012 with 667 yards and was on his way to the best season of his career in 2012 when he was suffered his career-ending neck injury.
Six games into that season, he and Aaron Rodgers had put their personal differences aside and were showing the type of chemistry that could have gotten only better as the season progressed.
Unfortunately, it ended too quickly.
Finley would have been placed much higher in this ranking had he stayed healthy and on the field.
We will never know how Finley’s career would have played out in Green Bay. 2013 was a contract year for Finley and he probably would have played his way out of Green Bay with a breakout season.
Instead, his injury ended a career that could have gone on for several more years.
Finley was a solid draft pick by Ted Thompson, but one that never had a chance to play itself out.
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