9. T.J. Lang, G
For years the Packers offensive line was considered one of the league’s very best, and much of that was due to the interior of the line. Right at the heart of Green Bay’s success up front was T.J. Lang.
A fourth-round selection in 2009, Lang formed arguably the NFL’s top guard partnership alongside Josh Sitton. Thompson not only built a reputation for selecting excellent wide receivers in the second round of the draft, but also drafting offensive linemen on the final day. Lang is another shining example of this.
Twice a Pro Bowler — once with the Packers and once with the Lions — Lang continues to play at a high level even at 30-years-old.
The guard was part of Green Bay’s Super Bowl run, and also the excellent offenses of 2011 and 2014. He was a Pro Football Focus second-team All-Pro in 2014.
Durable and tough, Lang suited up in 119 games during his eight-year run with the Packers, sitting out of just nine games in that span.
Along with Sitton, Lang will always be remembered as a key piece of the offensive line during the Aaron Rodgers era, and he will forever go down as one of Thompson’s finest draft picks.