Green Bay Packers: Top 10 draft picks under Ted Thompson

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Aaron Rodgers
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10. Davante Adams, WR

Ted Thompson has a proven track record of selecting wide receivers on the second day of the draft. From Greg Jennings to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Thompson’s strike rate was strong entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Following the departure of James Jones in free agency, Thompson selected Davante Adams in the second round. For a short while, it looked like he may have finally swung and missed at the position.

Adams had a solid rookie season as the Packers’ third receiver behind Nelson and Cobb, who both flew past the 1,000-yard milestone that year. But he failed to build on this in 2015, struggling with drops and an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2. Adams finished the year with just 483 yards and one touchdown.

But a bright performance in the wild-card round at Washington provided some hope for Packers fans, and that hope turned into production in 2016.

Since, Adams has emerged as the Packers’ top receiver. He’s explosive off the line of scrimmage, makes tough catches look routine and is a go-to target in the red zone.

In the past two seasons Adams has tallied 1,882 yards and 22 touchdowns, including half a year without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

Entering 2018 with a lucrative new contract, Adams’ is the Packers’ premier pass catcher. He’s become every bit the player the Packers hoped they had drafted, and the one Rodgers claimed was “going to be a star” in 2015.

Just 25-years-old, the best is still to come.