Headshot of Van Ness
Lukas Van Ness, the Packers 2023 NFL Draft selection

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers have competed in the National Football League (NFL) since 1921, two years after their original founding by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun.[1] They are members of the Northern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) and play their home games at Lambeau Field in central Wisconsin.[2][3]

The NFL Draft, officially known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting",[4] is an annual event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment.[5] The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings; the teams with the worst win–loss records receive the earliest picks. Teams that qualified for the NFL playoffs select after non-qualifiers, and their order depends on how far they advanced, using their regular season record as a tie-breaker. The final two selections in the first round are reserved for the Super Bowl runner-up and champion. Draft picks are tradable and players or other picks can be acquired with them.[6]

The Packers participated in the first ever NFL draft in 1936 and selected Russ Letlow, a guard from the University of San Francisco.[7] The Packers have selected the number one overall pick in the draft twice, choosing Paul Hornung in 1957 and quarterback Randy Duncan in 1959. They have also selected the second overall pick three times and the third overall pick once. On 14 different occasions the Packers have had two selections in the first round, while on four occasions they have had no selections. The team's eight selections from the University of Minnesota are the most chosen by the Packers from one university.[8] Four first round draft picks by the Packers have gone on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Hornung, Herb Adderley, Dave Robinson and James Lofton), while two have won an NFL MVP Award (Hornung and Aaron Rodgers).[9][10] John Brockington and Willie Buchanon, the team's first round selections in 1971 and 1972 won back-to-back NFL Rookie of the Year Awards (Brockington on offensive, Buchanon on defense), the only Packers' first round selections to win the award.[11][12] The team's most recent first round selection was Lukas Van Ness, from Iowa in the 2023 NFL Draft.[13]

Player selections

Stylized drawing of Wildung from a playing card
Dick Wildung, the Packers 1943 NFL Draft selection
Hornung's playing card showing a headshot of him smiling
Paul Hornung, the Packers 1957 NFL Draft selection
Currie's playing cards showing him posing with his uniform on
Dan Currie, the Packers 1958 NFL Draft selection
Lofton kneeling in uniform with his helmet off
James Lofton, the Packers 1978 NFL Draft selection
Franks in uniform on the filed about to catch a football
Bubba Franks, the Packers 2000 NFL Draft selection
Rodgers in uniform
Aaron Rodgers, the Packers 2005 NFL Draft selection
Matthews in uniform on the field
Clay Matthews III, the Packers 2009 NFL Draft selection
Alexander in uniform
Jaire Alexander, the Packers 2018 NFL Draft selection
Love in uniform with his helmet off
Jordan Love, the Packers 2020 NFL Draft selection
Key
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
MVP Elected as the NFL Most Valuable Player
ROY Elected as the NFL Rookie of the year
Bold Player is currently active in the NFL
Green Bay Packers first-round draft picks by season[8]
Season Pick Player name Position College Notes
1936 7 Russ Letlow * Guard San Francisco
1937 9 Eddie Jankowski * Back Wisconsin
1938 7 Cecil Isbell * Back Purdue
1939 9 Larry Buhler Back Minnesota
1940 9 Hal Van Every Back Minnesota
1941 7 George Paskvan Back Wisconsin
1942 9 Urban Odson Tackle Minnesota
1943 8 Dick Wildung * Tackle Minnesota
1944 7 Merv Pregulman Guard Michigan
1945 11 Walt Schlinkman Back Texas Tech
1946 6 Johnny Strzykalski Back Marquette
1947 6 Ernie Case Back UCLA
1948 7 Earl Girard Back Wisconsin
1949 5 Stan Heath Back Nevada
1950 4 Clayton Tonnemaker Center Minnesota
1951 5 Bob Gain Tackle Minnesota
1952 4 Vito Parilli Quarterback Kentucky
1953 7 Al Carmichael Halfback USC
1954 3 Art Hunter Tackle Notre Dame
4 Veryl Switzer Back Kansas State Packers traded Arnold Galiffa to the New York Giants for Val Joe Walker and a 1954 first-round pick.[14]
1955 5 Tom Bettis Linebacker Purdue
1956 8 Jack Losch Halfback Miami (FL)
1957 1 Paul Hornung ^ * MVP Halfback Notre Dame The first pick of the draft was awarded via a lottery won by the Packers.[15]
4 Ron Kramer * End Michigan
1958 3 Dan Currie * Linebacker Michigan State
1959 1 Randy Duncan Quarterback Iowa
1960 5 Tom Moore Running back Vanderbilt
1961 12 Herb Adderley ^ * Cornerback Michigan State
1962 14 Earl Gros Running back LSU
1963 14 Dave Robinson ^ * Linebacker Penn State
1964 13 Lloyd Voss Defensive end Nebraska
1965 7 Donny Anderson * Running back Texas Tech Packers traded Jim Ringo and Earl Gros to the Philadelphia Eagles for Lee Roy Caffey and a 1965 first-round pick.[16]
10 Larry Elkins Wide receiver Baylor
1966 9 Jim Grabowski Running back Illinois The Detroit Lions were required to provide the Packers a 1966 first-round pick as compensation for signing former Packer Ron Kramer.[17]
13 Gale Gillingham * Guard Minnesota
1967 9 Bob Hyland Guard Boston College Packers traded Lloyd Voss and Tony Jeter to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 1967 first-round pick.[18]
25 Don Horn Quarterback San Diego State
1968 5 Fred Carr * Linebacker UTEP The Packers received a first-round pick from the New Orleans Saints as compensation for the Saints signing Packers' fullback Jim Taylor.[19]
26 Bill Lueck Guard Arizona
1969 12 Rich Moore Defensive tackle Villanova
1970 2 Mike McCoy Defensive tackle Notre Dame Packers traded Bob Hyland, Elijah Pitts and Lee Roy Caffey to the Chicago Bears for a 1970 first-round pick.[20]
16 Rich McGeorge Tight end Elon
1971 9 John Brockington * ROY Running back Ohio State Packers traded Don Horn and their 1971 first round pick to the Denver Broncos for Alden Roche and a 1971 first-round pick.[21]
1972 7 Willie Buchanon * ROY Cornerback San Diego State
11 Jerry Tagge Quarterback Nebraska Packers traded Kevin Hardy to the San Diego Chargers for a 1972 first-round pick.
1973 21 Barry Smith Wide receiver Florida State
1974 12 Barty Smith Running back Richmond
1975 No pick Packers traded their 1975 first-round, second-round and third-round picks, and their 1976 first-round and second-round picks to the St. Louis Rams for John Hadl.[22]
1976 23 Mark Koncar Tackle Colorado Packers traded Ted Hendricks to the Oakland Raiders for a 1976 first-round pick and a 1977 first-round pick.[23]
1977 9 Mike Butler Defensive end Kansas
28 Ezra Johnson * Defensive end Morris Brown Packers traded Ted Hendricks to the Oakland Raiders for a 1976 first-round pick and a 1977 first-round pick.[23]
1978 6 James Lofton ^ * Wide receiver Stanford
26 John Anderson * Linebacker Michigan Packers traded Mike McCoy to the Oakland Raiders for Herb McMath, a 1978 first round pick and a 1979 fourth-round pick.[24]
1979 15 Eddie Lee Ivery Running back Georgia Tech
1980 4 Bruce Clark Defensive tackle Penn State
26 George Cumby Linebacker Oklahoma Packers traded Willie Buchanon to the San Diego Chargers for a 1980 first-round pick and a 1979 seventh-round pick.[25]
1981 6 Rich Campbell Quarterback California
1982 22 Ron Hallstrom Guard Iowa Packers traded Aundra Thompson, their 1982 first-round and second-round picks, their 1983 first-round pick and their 1984 second-round pick to the San Diego Chargers for John Jefferson and a 1982 first-round pick.[26]
1983 11 Tim Lewis Cornerback Pittsburgh Packers traded Bruce Clark to the New Orleans Saints for a 1983 first-round pick.[27]
1984 12 Alphonso Carreker Defensive end Florida State
1985 7 Ken Ruettgers Tackle USC Packers traded their 1985 first-round and second-round picks to the Buffalo Bills for a 1985 first-round pick and 1986 fourth-round pick.[28]
1986 No pick Packers traded their 1986 first-round pick and a 1987 conditional fifth round pick to the San Diego Chargers for Mossy Cade.[22]
1987 4 Brent Fullwood Running back Auburn
1988 7 Sterling Sharpe * Wide receiver South Carolina
1989 2 Tony Mandarich Tackle Michigan State
1990 18 Tony Bennett Linebacker Mississippi Packers traded their 1989 second-round and fifth-round picks to the Cleveland Browns for Herman Fontenot, a 1989 third-round and fifth-round pick, and a 1990 first-round pick.[29]
19 Darrell Thompson Running back Minnesota
1991 19 Vinnie Clark Cornerback Ohio State Packers traded their 1991 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 1991 first-round pick and a 1992 first-round pick.[30]
1992 5 Terrell Buckley Cornerback Florida State
1993 15 Wayne Simmons Linebacker Clemson
29 George Teague Safety Alabama Packers traded two 1993 second-round picks, their 1993 fourth-round and 1993 eighth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for their 1993 first-round and fourth-round picks.[31]
1994 16 Aaron Taylor Guard Notre Dame Packers traded their 1994 first-round and third-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for a 1994 first-round pick.[32]
1995 32 Craig Newsome Cornerback Arizona State Packers traded their 1995 second-round and sixth-round picks to the Carolina Panthers for their 1995 first-round, third-round and sixth-round picks.[33]
1996 27 John Michels Tackle USC
1997 30 Ross Verba Guard Iowa
1998 19 Vonnie Holliday Defensive end North Carolina Packers traded their 1998 first-round and second-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for a 1998 first-round pick.[34]
1999 25 Antuan Edwards Safety Clemson
2000 14 Bubba Franks Tight end Miami (FL)
2001 10 Jamal Reynolds Defensive end Florida State Packers traded Matt Hasselbeck and their 2001 first-round and seventh-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks for their 2001 first-round and third-round picks.[35]
2002 20 Javon Walker Wide receiver Florida State Packers traded their 2002 first-round and third-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks for their 2002 first-round and fifth round picks.[36]
2003 29 Nick Barnett Linebacker Oregon State
2004 25 Ahmad Carroll Cornerback Arkansas
2005 24 Aaron Rodgers MVP Quarterback California
2006 5 A. J. Hawk Linebacker Ohio State
2007 16 Justin Harrell Defensive tackle Tennessee
2008 No pick Packers traded their 2008 first-round pick to the New York Jets for their 2008 second-round and fourth-round picks.[37]
2009 9 B. J. Raji Defensive tackle Boston College
26 Clay Matthews III Linebacker USC Packers traded their 2009 second-round and two third-round picks to the New England Patriots for their 2009 first round and fifth-round picks.[38]
2010 23 Bryan Bulaga Tackle Iowa
2011 32 Derek Sherrod Tackle Mississippi State
2012 28 Nick Perry Defensive end USC
2013 26 Datone Jones Defensive end UCLA
2014 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Safety Alabama
2015 30 Damarious Randall Safety Arizona State
2016 27 Kenny Clark Defensive tackle UCLA
2017 No pick Packers traded their 2017 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for their 2017 second-round and fourth-round picks.[39]
2018 18 Jaire Alexander Cornerback Louisville Packers traded their 2018 first-round, third-round and sixth round picks to the Seattle Seahawks for their 2018 first-round and seventh round picks.[40]
2019 12 Rashan Gary Defensive end Michigan
21 Darnell Savage Safety Maryland Packers traded their 2019 first-round and two fourth-round picks to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2019 first-round pick.[41]
2020 26 Jordan Love Quarterback Utah State Packers traded their 2020 first-round and fourth-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for a 2020 first-round pick.[42]
2021 29 Eric Stokes Cornerback Georgia
2022 22 Quay Walker Linebacker Georgia Packers traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for their 2022 first-round and second-round picks.[43]
28 Devonte Wyatt Defensive end Georgia
2023 13 Lukas Van Ness Defensive end Iowa Packers traded Aaron Rodgers and their 2023 first-round and fifth-round picks to the New York Jets for a 2023 first-round, second-round, and sixth-round pick and a conditional 2024 second-round pick.[44]
2024 25 Draft scheduled to occur on April 25–27, 2024[45]

See also

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