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The 16 Best Draft Picks in Packers History
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers have been part of the National Football League since 1921. Therefore, the Packers have taken part in every single NFL draft since it was instituted in 1936. That means the Packers have participated in 76 drafts going into the 2013 NFL Draft, which will take place later this month.

In that time frame the Packers have selected a number of great players via the draft. I'm going to try and name the 16 best players the Packers have ever selected using that process. This list will not include Don Hutson, as he was signed as a free agent the year before the draft was instituted.

The first group of players (seven in all) come from the 1950s. The person most responsible for the selection of those players was full-time talent scout Jack Vainisi. Vainisi also played a key role in getting Vince Lombardi to come to Green Bay in 1959 as well.

Not everyone on this was drafted in the first round, either. Far from it. Only eight from this list were, in fact. Some were drafted much later, like Bart Starr, who was drafted in the 17th round in 1956.

Okay, let's take a look at the list.

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