Thompson Usually Feasts on NFL Draft Day


by Andrew Coughlin

Packers' GM Ted Thompson has maintained a fortuitous stance on his drafting phylosophy.  Thompson has always said he and his scouting team draft the best player available dispite serious needs on the defensive side of the ball, most notably in the secondary and pass rusher opposite LB Clay Matthews

No matter what experts say and sports writers write about the Packers drafting needs, Thompson remains adament that there will be no change come draft day.

Thompson will have 12 picks at his disposal. He's proven to be very resourceful when it comes to drafting college players(Rodgers, Matthews, Jennings & Raji), signing undrafted free agents(Shields, Williams & Bush) and, when he actually dips into the free agent market, signs efficient, productive veterans(Woodson & Pickett). (Here's a list of the rounds Green Bay will pick in: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7, 7 & 7)

I'd be interested to hear what you think about Thompson's plans on picking.  Leave us a comment or send an email to

But before you do, here is a list of all of Thompson's drafts since becoming Green Bay's GM in 2005.  (Players in red and bold are currently on the team.)

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

-Aaron Rodgers
-Nick Collins

-Terrence Murphy*
-Marviel Underwood
-Brady Poppinga
-Junius Coston
-Mike Hawkins

-Mike Montgomery
-Craig Bragg
-Kurt Campbell
-Will Whitticker

-A.J. Hawk
-Daryn Colledge
-Greg Jennings
-Abdul Hodge
-Jason Spitz
-Cory Rodgers
-Will Blackmon
-Ingle Martin
-Tony Moll
-Johnny Jolly
-Tyrone Culver
-Dave Tollefson
-Justin Harrell
-Brandon Jackson
-James Jones
-Aaron Rouse
-Allen Barbre
-David Clowney
-Korey Hall
-Desmond Bishop
-Mason Crosby

-DeShawn Wynn
-Clark Harris

-Jordy Nelson
-Brian Brohm
-Pat Lee
Jermichael Finley
-Jeremy Thompson*
-Josh Sitton
-Breno Giacomini
-Matt Flynn
-Brett Swain

-B.J. Raji
Clay -Matthews
-T.J. Lang

-Quinn Johnson
-Jamon Meredith
-Jarius Wynn
-Brandon Underwood
-Brad Jones
-Bryan Bulaga
-Mike Neal
-Morgan Burnett
-Andrew Quarless
-Marshall Newhouse
-James Starks
-C.J. Wilson
-Derek Sherrod
-Randall Cobb
-Alex Green
-Davon House
-D.J. Williams
Caleb Schlauderaff
-D.J. Smith
Ricky Elmore
-Ryan Taylor
-Lawrence Guy



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