Ted Thompson's top 5 NFL draft hits, misses

Ryan Wood
Packers News
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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12)  throws under pressure against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Ted Thompson earned a reputation as a top-notch judge of NFL draft talent, particularly early in his 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager.

Here's a look at the five best and five worst selections Thompson made during his time directing the Packers' draft: 


Aaron Rodgers

First round, 2005

The first pick Thompson ever made for the Packers set up the franchise for more than a decade of continued title contention.

Nick Collins

Second round, 2005

If not for a career-ending neck injury, Collins might have been on a Hall of Fame track.

Clay Matthews

First round, 2009

Though he has declined in his 30s, there was a time Matthews belonged on the short list of elite, difference-making pass rushers in the league.

David Bakhtiari

Fourth round, 2013

A franchise left tackle is almost impossible to find in the fourth round, but that’s what Bakhtiari has become.

Josh Sitton

Fourth round, 2008

Though he was shockingly released before the 2016 season, Sitton was a three-time All-Pro at left guard and longtime fixture on the Packers' offensive line.

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Justin Harrell

First round, 2007

Injuries prevented Harrell from ever becoming a serviceable NFL player, and his career ended with less than 300 snaps in just 14 games played.

Derek Sherrod

First round, 2011

A devastating knee injury wrecked Sherrod’s career, rendering him a wasted first-round pick.

Jerel Worthy

Second round, 2012

The Packers needed an impact defensive lineman when they traded up to draft Jerel Worthy in the second round, and instead got four starts and only 16 games.

Brian Brohm

Second round, 2008

If not for Rodgers’ ascension, Brohm might’ve been Thompson’s worst pick after the second-round pick lasted only one season in Green Bay.

Cory Rodgers

Fourth round, 2006

The wide receiver from TCU never played a snap in the NFL.


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