Ted Thompson’s Best Draft Picks

Nick Collins


QB Aaron Rodgers, Rd. 1 in 2005

Had I included round 1 choices, Aaron Rodgers is hands-down the best player drafted by Ted Thompson. None of his other first rounders even come close, the next in line being Bryan Bulaga and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Rodgers’ honors include: six Pro Bowl and three All-Pro designations, two NFL MVPs, AP Athlete of the Year in 2011 and Super Bowl XLV MVP. A starter for nine years, the 33-year-old should have many more great years to come. From the perspective of Ted Thompson and his scouting team, however, the choice was a no-brainer. In 2005, the experts considered the number one overall choice to be a coin flip between Alex Smith and Rodgers. NFL followers will forever wonder why, after the 49ers went with Smith, 22 NFL teams passed on Rodgers before the Packers got him, gift-wrapped, with the 24th overall pick.

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5 Comments on "Ted Thompson’s Best Draft Picks"

  1. O.K, I like your articles Rob, but I had to stop to throw up after I read that Brad Jones is on a list of TT best draft choices. Then I shed a few tears for the Packers future. I understand why you had to put Brad Jones on your list, as he met your methodology. I would say that if Brad Jones is on a list of best draft picks then that says all that needs to be said about TT as a drafter, or your methodology.

    Does anyone notice how the largest group of best draft picks are before 2010? It is time TT.

  2. Robert Porter

    Ted Thompson has done an excellent job in the draft department. He can become even better by drafting one of the top cornerbacks in the first rd (29th) and another one (Fabian Morneau) in the later rds if available. And, finally taking Jamaal Williams running back.

  3. Cheese

    “None of his other first rounders even come close, the next in line being Bryan Bulaga and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix”

    Am I the only one that finds this laughable/ alarming? The next best 1st round picks after #12 are Bulaga and Dix? I know he left out Matthews but even he hasn’t been worth his weight lately..

  4. Savage57

    Help me out here. Article title is TED THOMPSON’S BEST DRAFT PICKS.

    First sentence starts, “This isn’t about the best players the Green Bay Packers have drafted, but rather the smartest choices.”

    Now, I’m not a journalist and I slept at home last night, but wouldn’t a headline that read, TED THOMPSON’S SMARTEST DRAFT PICKS have been a little tighter.

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