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: 13. Dan Currie

The 1958 NFL Draft for the Packers was stuff of legend. Green Bay selected three future Pro Football Hall of Famers in that draft in running back Jim Taylor, linebacker Ray Nitschke and guard Jerry Kramer. None of whom went in the first-round. That would be former Michigan State Spartans All-American linebacker Dan Currie.

Green Bay took Currie No. 3 overall out of East Lansing. He would play seven of his nine NFL seasons in Green Bay from 1958 to 1964. Currie was an instrumental part of the Packers’ defense that helped Green Bay win back-to-back NFL championships from 1961 to 1962.

He would earn his only Pro Bowl selection back in 1960. His only All-Pro came during the 1962 NFL championship campaign. The Packers simply dominated the NFL that year, as 10 of the 22 All-Pros played for Green Bay that season. This happened to be Currie’s finest year as a pro, coinciding with his second professional championship.

Currie didn’t get to finish his NFL career where it started, as he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for wide receiver Carroll Dale before the 1965 season. He would play for the Rams for two more years before being cut before the 1967 NFL season. Currie is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame.