A couple years later, the Packers traded their No. 22 spot to Carolina and slid back to make their first pick at No. 32 in the 1995 Draft. They used that pick to snare Arizona cornerback Craig Newsome. History repeated itself, as a late-round find again made a miracle happen in the playoffs as a rookie. Newsome scooped up a Wayne Simmons-forced fumble and ran into the 3Com Park end zone as the Packers upset the defending-champion 49ers in the divisional playoffs.
Twenty-five years ago, the Packers found one of their most beloved post-Lombardi Era players with a late first-round pick. Linebacker John Anderson was selected out of Michigan with the 26the pick in the 1978 draft. Anderson enjoyed a 12-year career with the Packers and was a beacon of professionalism through some lean years.
It seems like offensive linemen have been a weak spot for the Pack in the late first round. After a promising start, Green Bay's 27th pick of the 1996 draft, tackle John Michels from Cal, didn't pan out. The 30th pick of the 1997 draft, Iowa tackle Ross Verba, fared better but peaked early didn't return to form before parting ways with Green Bay.