1. Aaron Rodgers, QB
Thompson’s very first draft pick as general manager will forever be his greatest.
With the 24th overall selection of the 2005 NFL Draft, the Brett Favre-led Packers selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers had to wait three years before becoming the team’s starter in 2008, but the wait was worth it.
Rodgers led the Packers to Super Bowl glory in 2010 and was named Super Bowl MVP. He’s also won league MVP awards in 2011 and 2014, has earned six Pro Bowl selections and three All-Pro honors. Rodgers led the league in passer rating in 2011 and 2012, and was the touchdown leader in 2016.
The future Hall-of-Famer helped the Packers reach the playoffs eight years in a row. He’s tallied 38,502 passing yards, which is 20th all-time in the NFL, 313 touchdowns and 78 interceptions. As things stand, Rodgers is the all-time league leader in passer rating.
Rodgers is one of the most talented passers to ever play the game, and at just 34-years-old, he has plenty of years left to build on his legacy. It’s only a matter of time before he leads the Packers back to the Super Bowl.
Thompson rolled the dice with his first pick as GM. It’s fair to say it worked out pretty well.