Backdraft: Green Bay Packers

Backdraft: Green Bay Packers

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BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.


Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:

• 32

First-Ever Draft Pick:
Russ Letlow, G, San Francisco (1st Round, 7th overall, in 1936)

Most Recent Draft Pick:

C.J. Wilson, DE, East Carolina (7th round, 230th overall, in 2010)

Hall of Famers Drafted:

Tony Canadeo - 9th Round (77th overall), 1941
Jim Ringo - 7th Round (79th overall), 1953
Forrest Gregg - 2nd Round (20th overall), 1956
Bart Starr - 17th Round (200th overall), 1956
Paul Hornung - 1st Round (1st overall), 1957
Jim Taylor - 2nd Round (15th overall), 1958
Ray Nitschke - 3rd Round (36th overall), 1958
Herb Adderley - 1st Round (12th overall), 1961 (Also drafted in 2nd round of 1961 AFL Draft by the New York Titans.)
James Lofton - 1st Round (6th overall), 1978


 Russ Letlow Bart Starr Sterling Sharpe
First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:

1959 - Randy Duncan, QB, Iowa
1957 - Paul Hornung, HB, Notre Dame


Did you know?

Eight Packers Hall of Famers started their NFL careers before the draft was introduced.


Sterling Sharpe was a highly touted receiver coming out of South Carolina in 1988. Most draft boards and even he himself thought he was destined for Tampa Bay. Sharpe told the AP that he had received a call from Buccaneers' coach Ray Perkins who told him "there was a good chance they'd take me. He couldn't say anything definite, but he said it's just a matter of if I'm there.``

Perhaps it was a change of mind or a smokescreen. But when it came to the fourth pick overall owned by Tampa Bay, the Bucs selected Wisconsin tackle Paul Gruber. Sharpe went to Green Bay three picks later. According to a newspaper account after the fact, Perkins shared that only his wife and him knew who the pick was and that it was Gruber all along.


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