The 5 best (and 2 worst) Packers draft picks since 1990

Since 1990, the Packers have drafted Hall-of-Famers, All-Pros, and Super Bowl champions, but they have also missed badly many times.
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Few teams have enjoyed as much success as the Green Bay Packers over the past three decades.

That's in large part due to the quarterback play of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, but also the Packers' track record in the draft. Since 1990, Green Bay has selected Hall-of-Famers, All-Pros, and Pro Bowlers. But not every pick goes to plan.

Fortunately, we only go back to 1990, narrowly missing the 1989 NFL Draft. That year, four Hall-of-Famers were selected with the opening five picks. The other? Tony Mandarich, who went second overall to the Packers.

Let's take a trip down memory lane. Here are the Packers' five best (and two worst) draft picks since 1990.

Best: Clay Matthews, 2009

NFL careers don't get much better than this. Clay Matthews did it all for the Packers, a player for the ages and one of the franchise's all-time greats.

A first-round pick in 2009, Matthews made an unbelievable 83.5 sacks and 189 quarterback hits during his 10-year stay in Green Bay. He was voted to six Pro Bowls, two All-Pro teams, and made a game-changing play to help the Packers win Super Bowl XLV.

Not only was Matthews a sack machine, but he was also a leader and team player.

In 2014, needing help at inside linebacker, Matthews stepped up and switched positions. All of a sudden, inside linebacker became a strength of the Packers' defense, highlighting what an incredible player he was.

Matthews is a franchise legend and forever one of Ted Thompson's greatest draft picks.