With the NFL Draft beginning on Thursday evening, the Green Bay Packers look to boost their existing team with some young talent. Over the years, some Packers Draft picks have been used to find some incredible talent, while others have been used for head-scratching picks. Here is a list of the top-five greatest Packers draft picks (according to fans) in franchise history.
Greatest Packers Draft Pick No. 5: Ray Nitschke
NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Nitschke was selected by the Packers in 1958 in the third round. Ray would anchor Vince Lombardi’s defense in the 60s, winning five championships and two Super Bowls. Nitschke would become a two-time first-team All-Pro and join the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team.
Greatest Packers Draft Pick No. 4: Donald Driver
Donald Driver was drafted in the seventh round in the 1999 draft. He would have a 14-year career with Green Bay and be part of the 2010 Super Bowl team. Driver would go on to be a five-time pro bowler and is currently in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Greatest Packers Draft Pick No. 3: Paul Hornung
Running Back and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung was selected as the first-overall pick in 1957. Hornung was a very versatile player as he played halfback, quarterback, and placekicker. He was an NFL MVP in 1961, a four-time NFL Champion, and a Super Bowl Champion. Paul is also in the College, NFL, and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Greatest Packers Draft Pick No. 2: Aaron Rodgers
In 2005 with the 24th overall pick, the Green Bay Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers. Very controversial for the time, Rodgers would go on to have an awe-inspiring career and looks to continue that in New York. Aaron is a four-time MVP, a Super Bowl champ, a ten-time pro bowler, and a future Hall of Famer.
Greatest Packers Draft Pick No. 1: Bart Starr
Coming in at No. 1, the Packers took Bart Starr in the 17th round of the 1956 draft. As a player not supposed to be on the team, Starr would be the leader of the Packers in the 1960s. He was a two-time Super Bowl champ, five-time NFL Champion, and the 1966 NFL MVP. His number 15 is retired in Green Bay, and he is an NFL and Green Bay Packer Hall of Famer.
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