The draft has turned out to be Thompson's main building block in putting together the Green Bay organization.
Going into the 2012 season, the team had 30 players on their 53-man roster who were drafted by the Packers. That's almost 60 percent of the roster—almost unheard of in today's NFL.
Thompson has also drafted a number of players who have been either All-Pro or selected to a Pro Bowl team.
This list would include quarterback Aaron Rodgers, safety Nick Collins, wide receiver Greg Jennings, outside linebacker Clay Matthews, nose tackle B.J. Raji, inside linebacker A.J. Hawk and left guard Josh Sitton.
Every once in a while Thompson will have a hiccup in the draft, like when he selected defensive tackle Justin Harrell in the first round of the 2007 draft. But overall, Thompson has selected 75 players in his seven drafts with the Packers, with 63 of those 75 players making the roster.
His talent-selecting prowess in the draft has earned Thompson two NFL Executive of the Year honors (2008 & 2011) by The Sporting News, which is voted upon by his peers.
I have put together a wish list for Thompson and the Packers as they get ready for the 2013 NFL Draft.