Ted Thompson's Top Picks for the Green Bay Packers: Feast or Famine?

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Ted Thompson's Top Picks for the Green Bay Packers: Feast or Famine?
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The executive and personnel decisions of GM Thomspon, President Mark Murphy and Coach Mike McCarthy brought the Lombardi back to Titletown.

The NFL is a fascinating mix of players ranging from undrafted free agents who become starters to top selections who simply can't make it in the NFL.

The Packers roster is a great example of this.  While UFA Sam Shields far exceeded expectations of most undrafted players, other top picks in Thompson's tenure (featured later in the slideshow) never delivered.

In any franchise, the first and second rounders are expected to contribute significantly from day one in an NFL uniform.

This slideshow takes a look at General Manager Ted Thompson's first- and second-round picks in his time in Green Bay, separating them into two main categories of "feast" or "famine."

"Feast" designates a pick that was stellar, featuring a franchise player or game-breaker chosen by Thompson in the first or second round.

"Famine" is reserved for players picked in the first two rounds who either had their career cut short due to injuries or simply failed to deliver production-wise despite getting a fair shot.

Of the 15 selections in the first two rounds during Thompson's tenure so far, only two were classified as a "wash," indicating the high risk-reward nature of NFL selections early in the draft.

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