3. Jordy Nelson, WR
Aaron Rodgers has had his share of elite targets since becoming the Packers’ starting quarterback in 2008, but sitting at the top of the list is Jordy Nelson.
Selected in the second round a decade ago, Nelson will go down as one of the franchise’s all-time great pass catchers. With almost 8,000 receiving yards and 69 touchdowns to his name, Nelson sits just behind Don Hutson with the fifth-most receiving yards in Packers franchise history.
A Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro in 2014, Nelson has established himself as Rodgers’ favorite target. Nelson has four 1,000-yard seasons to his name, and was the NFL leader in touchdown receptions in 2016.
It was clear just how important he was to the Packers’ offense when he missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. It’s hardly surprising he went on to post 1,257 yards and a league-high 16 touchdowns the following season, and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
Nelson was a major part of Green Bay’s success on offense in 2011 and 2014, and he also helped the team win the Super Bowl in 2010. He led the Packers in receiving with 140 yards and a touchdown in their Super Bowl XLV victory.
Thompson has found a ton of success drafting wide receivers, particularly in the second round. His best? Jordy Nelson.