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Ted Thompson’s Best Draft Picks

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FB John Kuhn, Undrafted in 2007

John Kuhn went undrafted in 2005 (and he’s never really been a “starter” either), so he doesn’t technically belong on a “best draftee” list. Acquired by the Packers in 2006 after being released by the Steelers, he became a valuable player in his nine years with the team. He was twice selected as an All-Pro and three times named to the Pro Bowl. A fan favorite in Green Bay, Kuhn surprised some people by getting a good amount of playing time with New Orleans in 2016. By any measure, the Shippensburg University product, who turns 35 in September, has handily exceeded expectations.

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Someone else said it first but I popularized it: “Athleticism is important in athletic pursuits.” It took three years, but the Packers finally listened. My new mantra: “Trading down is fine, but never trade up.”

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5 Comments

  1. Howard February 24, 2017

    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 February 24, 2017

    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. PF4L February 24, 2017

    Ted Thompson has done an excellent job in the draft department.

  4. Cheese February 24, 2017

    “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..

  5. Savage57 February 26, 2017

    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.