Final Four connections: Part 2

Today: Kansas. Next installment: Syracuse.<p> The Packers have draft history with all the NCAA final four schools, but their Kansas Connection produced only two well-known players. We know Marquette's excuse – they eliminated the football program more than four decades ago. But why hasn't Kansas produced a bumper crop of Packer draft picks?<P>

Of the eight Jayhawks selected by the Pack in the NFL draft, only DE Mike Butler and punter Bucky Scribner could be considered a household name (at least among diehard Pack fans of the 80s).

The Packers had two first round picks in the 1977 draft, selecting Butler with the ninth overall choice and using the second (28th overall) on another defensive end, Ezra Johnson out of Morris Brown. Butler started six seasons for the Pack, including his rookie year where he got his NFL baptism at the side of nose tackle Dave Roller. After starting from 1977-82, Butler returned to play one more season with the Pack in 1985.

In 1983 Green Bay selected Kansas punter Bucky Scribner in the 11th round, the 299th overall pick. Like his immediate predecessor, Ray Stackowicz, Scribner won the job as a rookie but played only two seasons in Green Bay. The difference between the two is that while Scribner cost GB only an 11th round pick, Stackowicz was an unusual third-round selection.

The rest of Green Bay's draft picks out of Kansas:

1945: Bill Chestnut, B, 25th round, 285th overall selection.

1947: Bill Hogan, B, 31st round, 290th overall.

1951: Wade Stinson, HB, 5th round, 52nd overall.

1953: Gil Reich, HB, 2nd round, 19th overall.

1965: Mike Shinn, E, 8th round, 108th overall. 1967: Jeff Elias, TE, 17th round, 444th overall. Elias gets the "Mr. Insigificant" award as the final player picked in the '67 draft by the reigning World Champions.

Except for the aforementioned Butler and Scribner, none of the other Jayhawk players made the Packers roster – not even their second-round pick Reich who represented the second-highest pick used by the Pack on a Kansas player.

In Packer annals, the biggest name to come out of Kansas didn't come by way of the draft, but instead was plucked off the waiver wire. DT Gilbert Brown was drafted by Minnesota out of Kansas with the Vikings' second pick of the third round in 1993, but was waived in the final cutdown Aug. 30. The Packers picked him the next day. He is the only member of the 2002 Packer roster with a direct rooting interest in the Jayhawk cause vs. the home-state Marquette Golden Eagles in the NCAA semifinal Saturday night.

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