Green Bay Packers have had success drafting kickers

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With the 207th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers picked a placekicker, Anders Carlson from Auburn.

He was one of three kickers chosen in the draft this season. The others: Jake Moody, from Michigan, the 99th pick overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and Chad Ryland, from Maryland, the 112th pick of the New England Patriots.

This was the eight straight year that at least one kicker was drafted. Since 2000, there have been 51 kickers drafted, about an average of two per year.

In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), there have been 217 kickers drafted. With their selection of Carlson, the Pack has now selected nine kickers in the draft since '66. The kickers drafted by the Packers since 1966:

Which kickers have the Packers drafted in the Super Bowl era?

  • 1967: Bill Shear, 10th round, 262nd pick
  • 1969: Ken Vinyard, 6-142
  • 1970: Skip Butler, 4-96
  • 1972: Chester Marcol, 2-34
  • 1982: Eddie Garcia, 10-264
  • 1989: Chris Jacke, 6-142
  • 1997: Brett Conway, 3-90
  • 2007: Mason Crosby, 6-193
  • 2023: Anders Carlson, 6-207

Of the eight kickers chosen before Carlson, only four actually kicked in a game for the Packers: Marcol, Garcia, Jacke and Crosby.

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Of the 217 drafted kickers since 1966, 16 played in 200 or more games. Among that group is Mason Crosby, who through the 2022 season has played in 258 games for the Packers. Here are the Top 10 drafted kickers since 1966 in games played:

  1. Morten Anderson, New Orleans, 1982 draft, 382 games
  2. Gary Andersen, Buffalo, 1982 draft, 353 games
  3. Jason Hanson, Detroit, 1992 draft, 327 games
  4. John Kasay, Seattle, 1991 draft, 301 games
  5. Matt Stover, NY Giants, 1990 draft, 297 games
  6. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland, 2000 draft, 284 games
  7. Jason Elam, Denver, 1993 draft, 263 games
  8. Mason Crosby, Green Bay, 2007 draft, 258 games
  9. Eddie Murray, Detroit, 1980 draft, 250 games
  10. Matt Bahr, Pittsburgh, 1979 draft, 235 games

Fifty-one of the drafted kickers since 1966 played in 100 or more games in the NFL. The Packers drafted three of those kickers: Chester Marcol in 1972, Chris Jacke in 1989, and Mason Crosby in 2007.

The Pack is one of six teams that drafted three or more kickers that played 100+ games in the NFL since 1966.

Detroit tops the list with four kickers drafted who played in 100+ NFL games; Buffalo, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Miami and the New York Giants each drafted three kickers since '66 that played 100 or more NFL games in their careers.

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