History of the 159th Selection

No Hall of Famers were selected at No. 159, though Bryce Paup and Jake Scott prove excellent players can be found.

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. 159, with statistical data from Pro Football Reference.

The last 10 picks

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

2012: Chris Rainey, RB, Pittsburgh (Played in all 16 games as a rookie but was released after being arrested for battery, though those charges were dropped.)

2011: Lee Smith, TE, New England (Failed to make Patriots but has caught eight passes and scored two touchdowns in 26 games for Buffalo.)

2010: Riley Cooper, WR, Philadelphia (Has 46 catches, 679 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons, including career-bests of 23, 248 and three in 2012.)

2009: Fenuki Tupou, OT, Philadelphia (Tupou is yet to play in a regular-season game. He's spent 2009 and 2012 on injured reserve and 2010 and 2011 on the practice squad.)

2008: Trae Williams, DB, Jacksonville (He spent parts of three seasons on practice squads of four teams but was out of the league in 2011 and 2012.)

2007: C.J. Gaddis, DB, Philadelphia (Never played, and has been out of football since Falcons released him at end of 2008 camp.)

2006: Mark Anderson, DE, Chicago (In seven seasons, he's got 36.5 sacks. He had 12 sacks as a rookie with Chicago and 10 sacks for New England in 2011 but just one sack in six games for the Bills in 2012.)

2005: Jeb Huckeba, LB, Seattle (Stress fractures in both feet as a rookie doomed his career; he never played in a game.)

2004: Sean Bubin, OT, Jacksonville (Never played in a game after stings with our teams and retired in April 2007 after spending time on New England's practice squad.)

2003: Jon Olinger, WR, Atlanta (Never played in a regular-season game.)

Packers at No. 159

De'Mond Parker, RB (1999); Bryce Paup, LB (1990); Rudy Schoendorf, OT (1957); Dave Johnson, B (1954); Jack Morgan, T (1952); Lou Shelton, B (1944); Fred Preston, E (1942); Archie Kodros, C (1940); John Yerby, E (1939). Of the nine, only Parker and Paup played in even one game. Paup was the standout, a four-time Pro Bowler who finished his career with 75.0 sacks. Paup had 32.5 sacks and four interceptions in five seasons with Green Bay, when was named Defensive Player of the Year with 17.5 sacks for Buffalo in 1995. Parker rushed for 269 yards and two touchdowns in 19 career games.

Hall of Fame

None.

Hall of Fame possibilities

Jake Scott, DB, Miami (1970). Scott played 10 seasons and intercepted 49 passes. He won two Super Bowls and was MVP of Super Bowl VII, when he had two picks. He's a member of the Hall of Very Good.

Pro Bowlers

5 — Jake Scott, DB, Miami (1970). 4 — Bryce Paup, LB, Green Bay (1990). 3 — Bob Schmidt, C, Cardinals (1958). 2 — Gary Walker, DT, Houston (1995). 1 — Tony Greene, RB, Washington (1978); Ernie Kellerman, DB, Dallas (1965).


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