Green Bay Packers Top 10 Drafts

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10. 1938

Cecil Isbell

You might be surprised that this is Curly Lambeau’s only entry on the list, but then this was only the third year there was an NFL draft and Curly didn’t do much of anything right toward the end of his reign in Green Bay.

The class is most notable for quarterback Cecil Isbell, who Lambeau chose in the first round. In just five seasons, Isbell was a four-time Pro Bowler and led the NFL in passing yardage, passing touchdowns and passer rating twice. He also rushed for more than 1,500 yards in his short career and led the NFL in yards per carry with 5.2 in his rookie season.

In the sixth round, Lambeau added running back Andy Uram, who played six seasons in Green Bay and was a Pro Bowler in 1939. In the 11th, he drafted guard Pete Tinsley, who played eight seasons with the Packers and was a Pro Bowler in 1939.

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3 Comments on "Green Bay Packers Top 10 Drafts"

  1. Shawn Shawn

    Were the drafts in the late 50’s and early 60’s that great, or were those players just lucky enough to play under Vince Lombardi?

    How many of these guys go to the Hall of Fame without winning multiple championships under Lombardi?

    I know Bart Starr, for one, never gets anywhere near the Hall until Lombardi walked through that door. Even a spectacular athlete like Herb Adderley probably never makes the Hall without being switched to CB under Lombardi.

    I think a great case can be made that 2010 is Ted Thompson’s best draft. No Pro Bowls as of yet, and likely no Hall of Famers from this group. However, 7 picks (the least of any Thompson draft) and all 7 are still on the team. All 7 have started multiple games for the Packers, including 5 of the 7 being starters right now.

    That wouldn’t be very impressive if the team wasn’t very good. However, the Packers have the best record in the NFL since these guys were drafted. They’ve won one Super Bowl, two division titles, and 5 playoff games in 3 seasons.

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