Green Bay Packers: 15 best first-round draft picks of all-time

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Best first-round draft picks in Green Bay Packers history: 3. Herb Adderley

In case you forgot, cornerback Herb Adderley was an incredible defensive back for the Packers during his illustrious Pro Football Hall of Fame career. Adderley was the No. 12 overall pick by Green Bay in the 1961 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. He was also selected in the second round by the then New York Titans (Jets) in the AFL Draft.

Adderley played the first nine of his 12 NFL seasons with the Packers. In nine seasons with the Packers, Adderley was part of, kid you not, FIVE NFL championship teams (1961-62, 1965-67). He won three Super Bowls in his 12-year NFL career, Super Bowls I and II with the Packers and Super Bowl VI with the Dallas Cowboys.

As a star cornerback for the Packers, Adderley made five trips to the Pro Bowl, as well as garnering five All-Pro selections. Adderley made the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team. He finished his NFL career with 48 interceptions for 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns.

Adderley was the only player to play in four of the first six Super Bowls, going 3-1 split between Green Bay and Dallas. He is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame. Adderley earned Canton enshrinement in 1980. Members of his Pro Football Hall of Fame class include players like Deacon Jones, Bob Lilly and Jim Otto.