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Packers Drafts: Rookie Starts by Season

The Green Bay Packers got 17 starts from this year’s rookie class. How does that compare to past seasons?

The Green Bay Packers got 17 starts from this year’s rookie class. That ranked 29th in the league, for predictable reasons. The previous 10 drafts under general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy averaged 31.7 starts from rookies and first-year players.

2016 — 17. LB Blake Martinez (fourth round), nine; DT Kenny Clark (first), two; OT Jason Spriggs (second), two; WR Geronimo Allison (undrafted), two; S Kentrell Brice (undrafted), one; RB Don Jackson (undrafted), one.

2015 — 21. CB Damarious Randall (first), nine; ILB Jake Ryan (fourth), five; CB Quinten Rollins (second), four; WR Ty Montgomery (third), three.

2014 — 42. C Corey Linsley (fifth), 16; WR Davante Adams (second), 11; S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (first), 10; TE Richard Rodgers (third), five.

2013 — 40. LT David Bakhtiari (fourth), 16; RB Eddie Lacy (second), 15; DB Micah Hyde (fifth), three; OLB Andy Mulumba (undrafted), three; ILB Nate Palmer (sixth), two; S Chris Banjo (undrafted), one.


2012 — 26. CB Casey Hayward (second), 7; OLB Dezman Moses (undrafted), six; OLB Nick Perry (first), five; DT Jerel Worthy (second), four; OT Don Barclay (undrafted), four.

2011 — 16. OT Marshall Newhouse (undrafted in 2010), 13; ILB D.J. Smith (sixth), three.

2010 — 37. RT Bryan Bulaga (first), 12; OLB Frank Zombo (undrafted), eight; CB Sam Shields (undrafted), six; S Morgan Burnett (third), four; TE Andrew Quarless (fifth), three; DE C.J. Wilson (seventh), two; LB Robert Francois (undrafted), one; TE Tom Crabtree (undrafted), one.

2009 — 24. OLB Clay Matthews (first), 13; OLB Brad Jones (seventh), seven; G T.J. Lang (fourth), three; DT B.J. Raji (first), one.

2008 — 7. WR Jordy Nelson (second), two; G Josh Sitton (fourth), two; TE Jermichael Finley (third), one; DE Jeremy Thompson (fourth), one.

2007 — 32. FB Korey Hall (sixth), 10; WR James Jones (third), nine; RB DeShawn Wynn (seventh), four; RB Brandon Jackson (two), three; S Aaron Rouse (third), three; DT Justin Harrell (first), two; CB Tramon Williams (undrafted in 2006), one.

2006 — 72. LB A.J. Hawk (first), 16; G Daryn Colledge (second), 15; C Jason Spitz (third), 13; WR Greg Jennings (second), 11; T Tony Moll (fifth), 10; FB Brandon Miree (undrafted), three; WR Ruvell Martin (undrafted), three; LB Abdul Hodge (third), one.

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