History of the 122nd Selection

In NFL history, only four Pro Bowlers and one Hall of Famer have been taken with the 122nd pick. The Packers have used three picks at No. 122, plus acquired Duke Preston and Hardy Nickerson.

The Green Bay Packers hold the 26th selection when the draft begins on April 25. They also have picks in the second (No. 55), third (No. 88), fourth (No. 122), fifth (Nos. 159, 167), sixth (No. 193) and seventh rounds (232).

Here is the history of selection No. 122, with statistical data from Pro Football Reference.

The last 10 picks

Year: Player, Position, Team (Career stats or awards)

2012: Nick Toon, WR, New Orleans (Former Wisconsin star and the son of Al Toon spent the year on injured reserve.)

2011: Chris Hairston, OT, Buffalo (Started seven games at left tackle in 2011 and eight games at left and right tackle in 2012.)

2010: Mike Kafka, QB, Philadelphia (Rating of 47.7 in four career games in 2011. Broke his non-throwing hand in the 2012 preseason and failed to make the team.)

2009: Anthony Hill, TE, Houston (Three receptions for 19 yards in 12 career games; was out of the league in 2012.)

2008: Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas (In five seasons, he's rushed for 1,409 yards and 10 touchdowns.)

2007: Doug Free, OT, Dallas (A native of Manitowoc, Wis., Free has started 55 games, including all 48 over the past three seasons.)

2006: Alan Zemaitis, CB, Tampa Bay (Failed to make the Bucs' roster, spent time in Canada and is an assistant coach at Susquehanna.)

2005: Duke Preston, C, Buffalo (Started 20 games in four seasons, including 11 at center for Buffalo in 2008. The Packers signed him as a free agent in 2009 but he failed to make the team. He retired in 2010 and enrolled in the Dallas Theological Seminary.)

2004: Glenn Earl, S, Houston (Started 31 games at safety and picked off three passes in three seasons. He sustained a Lisfranc foot injury in a 2007 preseason game and never played in another regular-season game.)

2003: Steve Sciullo, G, Indianapolis (Started 13 games as a rookie with the Colts and five for the Eagles in 2004.)

Packers at No. 122

Jack Mitchell, B (1947); Larry Bulaich, B (1965); Nate Simpson, RB (1977). Mitchell never played for the Packers but had a 72-61-7 record as head coach at Wichita State, Arkansas and Kansas. Bulaich never played for the Packers, either. Simpson played from 1977 through 1979, rushing for 497 yards and scoring one touchdown.

Hall of Fame

Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas (1964). After serving in the Navy, Staubach joined the Cowboys in 1969. He led the team to two Super Bowl championships and is one of four players to win the Heisman Trophy and be named Super Bowl MVP. Desmond Howard is one of the other three. Staubach, a six-time Pro Bowler, threw for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns.

Hall of Fame possibility

Hardy Nickerson, LB, Pittsburgh (1987). Nickerson is a five-time Pro Bowler and member of the all-1990s team who finished his career with Green Bay in 2002. Unofficially had 214 tackles with Tampa Bay in 1993.

Pro Bowlers

6 — Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas (1964). 5 — Hardy Nickerson, LB, Pittsburgh (1987). 4 — Merton Hanks, S, San Francisco (1991); 2 — Gary Ballman, WR, Denver (1962).


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