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Obviously, the No. 1 draft pick in Ted Thompson's tenure with the Green Bay Packers is Aaron Rodgers.

The 2005 first-round choice famously fell to No. 24 overall, where Green Bay selected him even though their Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre was still more than capable. Rodgers waited his turn, took over in 2008 and fashioned a surefire Hall of Fame career that included a Super Bowl championship.

Thompson will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this weekend. His tenure ran from early 2005 to early 2018, and he oversaw four teams that reached NFC championship games and five more that reached the playoffs. Green Bay reached the playoffs in 9 of his 13 seasons as GM.

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Thompson quickly became known as a GM who relied heavily on the draft to build his roster, and though not all his drafts were flawless, he did find many gems. Outside of Aaron Rodgers, these are the 10 best.

1. Clay Matthews (pick 26, 2009)

Matthews is now a Los Angeles Ram, but he became the franchise's all-time sacks leader during his decade with the Packers (83.5) and was a cornerstone of the defense that won Super Bowl XLV. He was voted to six Pro Bowls and was named first-team All Pro once.

2. Jordy Nelson (pick 36, 2008)

The Packers traded out of the first round and grabbed Nelson early in the second, and he spent nine years in Green Bay with 69 receiving touchdowns and 7,848 yards. He also played a huge role in the Super Bowl triumph, with nine catches for 140 yards in the 31-25 win over Pittsburgh.

3. David Bakhtiari (pick 109, 2013)

The combination of star power and value as a fourth-round pick is off the charts. He was first-team All Pro last year in his sixth season, and he has a case for being the best left tackle in the NFL.

4. Nick Collins (pick 51, 2005)

Everyone remembers the first pick Thompson made as Packers GM, but what about the second? Collins was another force during the Super Bowl run and could have been ticketed for legitimate greatness had a neck injury not shortened his career. His 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl will live forever.

5. Greg Jennings (pick 52, 2006)

The receiver from Western Michigan caught 53 touchdowns in his seven seasons with the Packers, making a pair of Pro Bowls and obviously playing a featured role on the 2010 team that won the Super Bowl and the 2011 team that went 15-1.

6. Davante Adams (pick 53, 2014)

Adams was the ninth wide receiver taken in the draft, coming out of Fresno State, but he may wind up with a case to be the best (not that Mike Evans nor Odell Beckham have struggled). He had a monster 2018 and earned a second trip to the Pro Bowl, and he already has 39 career receiving TDs.

7. Mike Daniels (pick 132, 2012)

Another remarkable value pick has been a force in his seven seasons along the Packers defensive line, with 27 career sacks.

8. T.J. Lang (pick 109, 2009) and Josh Sitton (pick 135, 2008) 

Is it cheating to list them both here? It's hard to separate them, as they both became rocks on the Packers offensive line, combining for four Pro Bowl appearances in Green Bay. Both emerged from the middle rounds of their respective NFL drafts from outside power-conference programs (Lang from Eastern Michigan and Sitton from Central Florida).

9. Jermichael Finley (pick 91, 2008)

A serious injury shortened his career, and perhaps obscured just how dominant of a tight end he was. He caught 223 passes for 2,785 yards and 20 scores in six seasons.

10. Mason Crosby (pick 193, 2007)

If you're going to pick a kicker, don't miss. Thompson didn't. Crosby has never missed a game in his 12-year career with the Packers, accounting for 307 made field goals (in 382 attempts, an 80 percent success rate). He has made 548 of 559 extra points and authored some monster moments in Packers history.

Others: Kenny Clark (pick 27, 2016); Casey Hayward (pick 62, 2012); Randall Cobb (pick 64, 2011); BJ Raji (pick 9, 2009); James Jones (pick 78, 2007); Corey Linsley (pick 161, 2014); Aaron Jones (pick 182, 2017); Morgan Burnett (pick 71, 2010).

Now, about those busts:

1. Justin Harrell (pick 16, 2007)

This is the quintessential Packers draft bust of the Thompson era, an oft-injured college player from Tennessee who never got healthy in the pros. He started just two games in his career.

2. Derek Sherrod (pick 32, 2011)

A grisly leg injury in 2011 kept Sherrod from ever developing into a regular, but he only saw action in five games as a rookie before the injury in Week 15 (granted, he wasn't likely to crack into the lineup of the star-studded 2011 team). He played in 20 career games.

3. The 2015 draft, in general

None of these players are still with the Packers, starting with top-two selections Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, who struggled to consistently deliver in the secondary. Ty Montgomery moved from receiver to running back before getting jettisoned this past year, and quarterback Brett Hundley couldn't help the Packers hold it together when Aaron Rodgers went down with injury. Other draft picks: Jake Ryan, Aaron Ripkowski, Christian Ringo and Kennard Backman.

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4. Jerel Worthy (pick 51, 2012)

Worthy was graded as a first-round talent by many, so it was a big get when the club was able to snag him AND first-rounder Nick Perry. Worthy played in 16 games (14 total tackles) in two seasons with the Packers. The draft would become known for Green Bay's other second-round pick (Hayward) and fourth rounder (Daniels).

5. Brian Brohm (pick 56, 2008)

The quarterback taken in the second round was expected to be a much bigger challenger for playing time than he became ... but then again, nobody knew that Rodgers would transform into a superstar. Brohm saw action in three NFL games, and none with the Packers.

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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