Spoiler alert!! Picks 6-10 can be found here .
Last week you saw picks 6-10 of Ted Thompson's best selection of talent as a Green Bay Packer. Now, you will finally see his top five draft picks of all time. Keep in mind that these players are five of the elite players, not only on the Packers, but in the NFL. Here are picks 1-5.
5. Jermichael Finley - 91st overall, 3rd round, 2008
First off, this guy is the very definition of a beast . He is 6'5" and 247 pounds, a defensive back's nightmare. He is three inches taller than any starting defensive back in the NFL (Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Cromartie, 6'2"), and too athletic for any linebacker to keep up with him. Give him the hands of Lynn Swann and you've got one dangerous tight end. Finley is the next great tight end in this league and will soon take the baton from the likes of Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.
4. Greg Jennings - 52nd overall, 2nd round, 2006
Its safe to say that Greg Jennings can be described as a "deep threat." Its hard to recall one of his touchdowns being less than thirty yards. In his second year in the NFL Jennings quickly established himself as one of the premier wideouts in the league. His skills were immediately noticed by a future Hall of Fame "Diva" quarterback, and soon became the go-to receiver for most of the "Diva's" records. He is a little undersized for a wide receiver at 5'11", but his amazing breakaway speed and great hands more than make up for it. Jennings was amazing pick for Ted and has been a large part of the youngest team in the NFL.
3. Clay Matthews - 26th overall, 1st round, 2009
Ok, Ted Thompson traded a second-round pick and TWO third round picks to move up into the second round and take this guy. Most people forget that one of the third rounders was the "Diva's" pick. So basically, Ted traded a second, a third, and Brett Favre for Clay Matthews. A few years ago that would be considered blasphemy in Wisconsin. But would ten sacks, a pro bowl bid, and a third place finish in the Rookie of the Year running make it a little better? That would be a yes. Clay Matthews also made the Packers' play of the year when he took, no, RIPPED the ball out of the best running back in football, Adrian Peterson's, hands and ran it back for a touchdown. With accolades like that, it's safe to say that Mathews was a "home run pick."
2. Nick Collins - 51st overall, 2nd round, 2005
Nick Collins has quietly emerged as one of the top safeties in the NFL. He is by all accounts a "ball hawk," seemingly coming out of thin air to nab the ball from opposing receivers. Over the past two seasons, Collins has made 13 interceptions, second on the team only to the reigning Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson (16). Surprisingly, despite being one of the most underrated players in the NFL, Collins is coming off his second straight Pro Bowl berth. It has also been said by his teammates and himself that he is the fastest man on the team. Having your safety being the fastest man on the team is a rare, but invaluable, asset.
1. Aaron Rodgers - 24th overall, 1st round, 2005
Finding a productive franchise quarterback of the future for your team is an extremely difficult feat. Finding a productive franchise quarterback of the future to replace a future Hall of Famer, well that is near impossible. Ted Thompson not only found one, but found one that was younger, more efficient, and statistically more productive. Aaron Rodgers was a projected number one overall pick, but when the 49ers took Alex Smith instead, stating Rodgers wasn't athletic enough, he fell all the way to 24th, where Ted pulled the trigger. Rodgers' poor athleticism was strongly disputed when he became the top rushing quarterback in 2009.
Rodgers sat under Brett Favre for three years before he got his chance, but not without cost. Through a nasty and bitter divorce between Favre and the Packers, a lot of nonstop scrutiny and blame from the media and Packer fans fell upon Rodgers. But he carried himself with the utmost integrity, always being polite and saying the right things. Wait, so Ted found a one in a million quarterback on the field, AND off the field? Too good to be true, right? Throw in the fact the Rodgers has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and there is no disputing that Aaron Rodgers is Ted Thompson's number one draft pick ever.
There is no doubt that Ted Thompson has been very successful in building through the draft, Aaron Rodgers alone makes his drafts a success. With the exception of the 2007 draft, each Ted Thompson draft as churned out at least two "stars." This year's draft looks to hold the same trend with the likes of Bulaga, Burnett, and maybe even Starks.
Again, picks 6-10 can be found here .