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Green Bay Packers Top Five All-Time Draft Busts

The draft is fast approaching and what draft would be without a list of Green Bay Packer draft busts. That’s easy you say Tony Mandrich. How about Rich Campbell? I’m not going there. I want to focus on the Ron Wolf years and our current general manager Ted Thompson.

The reason is because Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson are arguably the two best general managers in NFL history. I’ll keep it current on the past ten years of the Wolf/Thompson regime.

Draft years 1990-2010
Terrell Buckley
Justin Harrell
Jamal Reynolds*
Ahmad Carroll
John Michels

I give an honorable mention to AJ Hawk who was a top five pick. I thought he would have become the next Ray Nitschke. Who knows? Maybe he’s a late bloomer?

I reviewed all the first round players and four of the five busts were Ron Wolf’s picks. With all due respect to Ron Wolf, what were you thinking? I thought I would give every Packer a fair breakdown. Why weren’t they successful?

Terrell Buckley- He was going to be our Deion Sanders. He returned a punt for a touchdown the first time he touched the ball. He was a Jim Thorpe Award Winner for the best cornerback in college football at Florida State. He had all the bravado of Deion Sanders but none of the skills.

Justin Harrell- Most NFL scouts believed he was a first round talent. That’s if he could come back from the injury he sustained in his senior year at Tennessee. The coaches of the Packers really liked his effort. In the end he just couldn’t stay healthy.

Jamal Reynolds- I put an asterisk next to him. He could have flourished as a Packer. The coaching staff used him as an defensive end. He was too small to be one. I remember watching highlight films of him at Florida State. He chased down Michael Vick in his prime at Virginia Tech. If he was drafted by the Packers in Dom Capers system today and put opposite of Clay Mathews. Look out.

Ahmad Carroll– I don’t what to say other than college is not the NFL. The NFL scouts will continue drafting guys like Ahmad Carroll until someone tells them not to.

John Michels– He was big, strong, athletic, and from USC. What’s not to love? The Packers could plug him in at left tackle for the next ten years protecting Brett Favre’s blindside. Of course, you can‘t protect Favre from the tub.

The draft is not an exact science. It’s where preparation meets luck. I know one thing we can’t draft Andrew Luck. Which is not a bad thing. If anything this list is like life in a way. You just do your best and hope everything works out. Time to get my draft board ready.

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3 Responses to “Green Bay Packers Top Five All-Time Draft Busts”

  1. DAVE NELSON says:

    what gen.manager drafted tony mandrich.

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