The NFL has had the draft system in place since 1936. That means that the Green Bay Packers have participated in 76 NFL drafts since then. Ironically, the Packers, who have been in the NFL since 1921, may have signed their best player ever the year before the inception of the draft.
That would be WR Don Hutson, who signed with the Packers in 1935.
Anyway, I'm going to list the five best drafts the Packers ever had, at least in my opinion. One man was responsible for two of those drafts. That man's name was Jack Vainisi. Vainisi was a talent scout for the Packers from 1950-1960.
In those 10 years, Vainisi picked six players for the Packers who would eventually be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That list should even be bigger. More on that later.
Vainisi also played a prominent role in bringing Vince Lombardi to the Packers. It was Vainisi who called Lombardi and invited the New York Giant's assistant coach to interview for the head coaching job in Green Bay.
Sadly, Vainisi died of a heart attack in 1960 at the young age of 33, just prior the championship run of the Lombardi-era Packers.
My first two best ever draft classes were drafted by Vainisi.
I am not including any of Lombardi's draft classes in this group of five. Lombardi had some solid drafts, but he did not have the eye for collegiate talent like Vainisi did. In fact, from 1960-1968, Lombardi drafted only one player that would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That would be Herb Adderley, who was drafted in the first round of the 1961 NFL draft..
Some believe that Dave Robinson, who was selected in the first round of the 1963 NFL draft, also deserves induction into the Hall.
Lombardi did have an excellent eye for NFL talent though, and he made a number of outstanding trades in his tenure.
Here are the top draft classes ever for the Packers...