Best first-round draft picks in Green Bay Packers history: 6. Dave Robinson
With the Packers being one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NFL, of course Green Bay has drafted a few Pro Football Hall of Famers in the first round of the NFL Draft. The first former Packer with a bust in Canton we’ll touch on is linebacker Dave Robinson. Green Bay took Robinson out of Penn State No. 14 overall in the 1963 NFL Draft.
While at Penn State, Robinson played out on the edge on both sides of the ball at defensive end and at tight end. However, the Packers had a better use for him at linebacker. He would eventually overtake Dan Currie and would play alongside another future Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker in Ray Nitschke.
Robinson would play his first 10 of 12 NFL seasons with the Packers, where he was part of the first two Super Bowl championship teams in 1966 and 1967. He was a three-time Pro Bowler in 1966, 1967 and 1969. Robinson was a First-Team All-Pro in all three of those seasons for Green Bay.
After hanging up the cleats in 1974 with the Washington Redskins, the career accolades would start to pile up for Robinson. He made the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team. Robinson would be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1982. And in 2013, Robinson finally earned Canton enshrinement, as a part of a class featuring Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp.