Packers Top Rookie: 1983


Bart Starr’s final rookie class went out with a whimper rather than a bang. Top pick Tim Lewis, a cornerback from Pittsburgh, was an excellent pick , but his career was shortened by a neck injury. The rest of the draft brought North Carolina guard Dave Drechsler in round two, Pittsburgh guard Ron Sams in round six, Arkansas runner Jesse Clark in round seven and Kansas punter Bucky Scribner in round 11.

Two picks from the 1983 draft made their first appearance in 1983: Penn State linebacker Chet Parlavecchio and SMU kicker Eddie Garcia. The eighth rookie on the 1983 Packers was undrafted Oklahoma runner Chet Winters.

Of these eight players, Sams and Parlavecchio appeared in three games for Green Bay and Winters in four. Garcia appeared in 19, but scored just 23 points. Drechsler was a disappointment, and Scribner a mediocrity; both lasted just two seasons as Packers. Clark was a nice role player, but Lewis made second team All-Pro in his second season before his career was ended in week three of 1986. Nonetheless, Lewis moved into the starting lineup at midseason in 1983 and picked off five passes, he was the Packers’ top rookie that year.

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Drechsler custom card is colorized.

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