Eight Packers Draft Picks and Jersey History

The Packers have assigned numbers to their draft picks. Here is the history of the men who wore those numbers, from Packers Hall of Famers to a major draft bust.

Here are the jersey numbers of the Green Bay Packers' draft picks.


Nick Perry, outside linebacker, USC: No. 53.

Players who have worn that number: Fred Carr, who replaced Ray Nitschke, Mike Douglass, who was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2003, and George Koonce are the noteworthy players who have worn No. 53. Another Packers Hall of Famer, Earl (Bud) Svendson, was a center and linebacker who wore No. 53 in 1939. In that era, players frequently switched numbers. (Throughout this story, years followed by an asterisk note the years a player wore that number, not the length of his career.) In 2010, Maurice Simpkins and Diyral Briggs donned the number.


Jerel Worthy, defensive end, Michigan State: No. 99.

Players who have worn that number: Worthy is seen as a boom-or-bust prospect, as was the Packers' 2001 first-round pick, Jamal Reynolds, who wore No. 99 for his first three seasons. The best No. 99 was defensive lineman Corey Williams (2004-07) but Packers director of college scouting John Dorsey is the most noteworthy No. 99. Others include Jeremy Thompson (2008-09) and Mike Montgomery (2010).


Casey Hayward, cornerback, Vanderbilt, No. 29.

Players who have worn that number: Four Packers Hall of Famers wore No. 29 during their careers: center Jug Earp (1927 and 1928*), center Bernard Darling (1929*), back Joe Laws (1935-1936*) and center/linebacker Charley Brock for entirety of his career (1939-47). Brock had two interceptions as the Packers beat the Giants in the 1939 title game, and Laws had three interceptions as the Packers beat the Giants in the 1944 championship game. Others include Ken Stills (1985-89) and Derrick Martin (2009-10).


Mike Daniels, defensive tackle, Iowa, No. 76.

Players who have worn that number: The Packers wasted little time in giving away Chad Clifton's old jersey number. Only one Packers Hall of Famer wore the number: Glory Years tackle Bob Skoronski. Interestingly, quarterback Tom O'Malley wore No. 76 in 1950. A year later, he led Ottawa to the CFL's Grey Cup title.


Jerron McMillian, safety, Maine, No. 22.

Players who have worn that number: Three Packers Hall of Famers wore No. 22: end Lavvie Dilweg (1927-1933*), Milt Gantenbein (1935-1940*) and running back Elijah Pitts (1961-1969 and 1971). Dilweg, a six-time All-Pro, practiced law while starring for the Packers, then served in the House of Representatives for one term. Gantenbein scored key touchdowns in the 1936 and 1939 championship games. Cornerback Pat Lee, who signed with Oakland during the offseason, was a second-round pick in 2008.


Terrell Manning, inside linebacker, No. 56.

Players who have worn that number: Nick Barnett, Green Bay's first-round pick in 2003, wore No. 56 throughout his eight-year career. Barnett is the team's single-season record-holder for tackles (194 in 2005) and departed Green Bay with 1,014 tackles, just six behind John Anderson's team record. Pro Football Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks wore No. 56 during his one-year stay (1974) in Green Bay.


Andrew Datko, offensive tackle, Florida State, No. 77.

Players who have worn that number: There's a strong history with No. 77, never mind that first-round bust Tony Mandarich wore it from 1989 through 1991. Packers Hall of Famers Dave "Hawg" Hanner (1952-1954*) and Ron Kostelnik (1961-1968) wore No. 77, as did defensive ends Mike Butler (1977-1982, 1985) and Cullen Jenkins (2004-2010).


B.J. Coleman, quarterback, Tennessee-Chattanooga, No. 9.

Players who have worn that number: The aforementioned Earp (1928*) wore No. 9 for one season, and it's belong most recently to punters Josh Bidwell (2000-2003), Bryan Barker (2004) and Jon Ryan (2006-2007). The only quarterback to have worn No. 9 is Jim McMahon (1995-1996).

The Packers still have not announced their rookie free agent signings. However, according to league data provided to Packer Report, the Packers have signed linebacker Dezman Moses of Tulane, wide receivers Marcus Rivers of Buffalo and Dale Moss of South Dakota State, running back Duane Bennett of Minnesota, center Tommie Draheim of San Diego State, tight end Cameron Ford of Wake Forest, tackle Mike McCabe of Holy Cross and defensive back Dion Turner of Southern Utah. That is not a final list; just those whose contracts have been entered into the league's official database.

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