Packers' Brief History With 21st Draft Pick

How have teams fared with the 21st selection in recent years? And who was the only Hall of Famer taken at that spot?

The Packers hold the 21st pick in this year's draft. Since the turn of the century, that selection has lacked star power but has provided plenty of quality talent.

SINCE 2000

2013 — Cincinnati: TE Tyler Eifert. Eifert caught 39 passes while starting 15 games as a rookie.

2012 — New England: DE Chandler Jones. Jones is a centerpiece of the defense with six sacks as a rookie and 11.5 in 2013.

2011 — Cleveland; DT Phil Taylor. The 335-pound Taylor is a three-year starter with seven career sacks.

2010 — Cincinnati: TE Jermaine Gresham. Gresham has started 52 games in four seasons, with career totals of 218 receptions, 2,262 yards and 19 touchdowns. He's a two-time Pro Bowler.

2009 — Cleveland: C Alex Mack. Mack, who was designated the Browns' transition player in free agency, has started all 80 career games. He's a two-time Pro Bowler.

2008 — Atlanta: OT Sam Baker. Baker, we were told a few years ago, was the Packers' target with the 30th pick. When Baker was one of the last dominoes to fall in a run of first-round tackles, Green Bay traded out of the first round and selected Jordy Nelson.

2007 — Jacksonville: S Reggie Nelson. Nelson has started in six of his seven seasons, including 46 of a possible 48 games with Cincinnati over the past three seasons. He has 18 career interceptions.

2006 — New England: RB Laurence Maroney. Maroney is the first player on this list who no longer is in the league. He rushed for 2,504 yards and 21 touchdowns in 49 career games.

2005 — Jacksonville: WR Matt Jones. The Jaguars swung and missed on the former Arkansas quarterback-turned-receiver. He caught 166 passes in 54 games.

2004 — New England: NT Vince Wilfork. Wilfork has been the indomitable man in the middle for the Patriots for 10 seasons. Before last season, when his season was cut short by injury, he started 122 of a possible 128 games over the previous eight years.

2003 — Cleveland: C Jeff Faine. Faine started at least 10 games in seven of his 10 seasons.

2002 — New England: TE Daniel Graham. Garham enjoyed an excellent 11-season career, with 224 receptions and 25 touchdowns.

2001 — Buffalo: CB Nate Clements. Clements started 153 games during a 12-year career. He made only one Pro Bowl but was an above-average starter who finished with 36 interceptions and 23 forced fumbles.

2000 — Kansas City: WR Sylvester Morris. Morris caught 48 passes as a rookie but his career was derailed by knee injuries.


Who made the most Pro Bowls from the 21st selection?

6 — Randy Moss.

5 — Vince Wilfork.

4 — DB Jerry Gray (Rams, 1985) and DB Richie Petitbon (Chicago, 1959).

3 — WR Lynn Swan (Pittsburgh, 1974) and LB Don Paul (Rams, 1948).

2 — Jermaine Gresham, Alex Mack, RB Robert Smith (Minnesota, 1993), TE Eric Green (Pittsburgh, 1990), OT John Alt (Kansas City, 1984) and E Pete Brewster (Cardinals, 1952).

Note: Lynn Swann is the only Pro Football Hall of Famer taken at No. 21.


The Packers have used the 21st selection just three times in franchise history.

1973 — WR Barry Smith. Smith played three seaons for Green Bay and finished his career with expansion Tampa Bay in 1976. He caught 41 passes for 604 yarsd and four touchdowns for Green Bay.

1946 — HB Bob Nussbaumer. Nussbaumer started seven of 49 career games in six seasons with the Packers, Redskins and Cardinals. He caught 76 passes for 992 yards and five touchdowns, rushed for 238 yards and intercepted 16 passes. He led the NFL with 12 picks for the Cardinals in 1949.

1941 — B Bob Paffrath. Paffrath played only in 1946, rushing for 100 yards on 31 carries and two scores for Brooklyn and Miami.

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