Packers Top Rookie: 1991


Tom Baartz’s final rookie class did not produce much for the present or the future. While six drafted rookies made the team, the player who ultimately had the best career in Green Bay was an undrafted free agent. In the draft, Braatz selected Ohio State corner Vinnie Clark in round one, Oregon State defensive tackle Esera Tualo in round two, Wisconsin defensive end Dan Davey and Tennessee runner Chuck Webb in round three, Grambling runner Walter Dean in round five and Houston linebacker Reggie Burnette in round seven.

Three undrafted free agents made the team: Eastern Illinois nose tackle John Jurkovic, Jackson State punter Paul McJulien and Florida State defensive tackle Steve Gabbard. USC receiver Erik Affholter came via the waiver wire. Jurkovic was a popular overachiever who ultimately had more success than anyone else in this rookie class.

As for the draftees, Clark was a bust, Davey was a nice role player and the trio of Webb, Dean and Burnette played in a total of 14 games combined for the Packers. Tualo is mostly famous for coming out as gay in 2002 after he had retired from the NFL. As a player, he was just a guy, but started all 16 games as a rookie, accumulated 3.5 sacks and sang the national anthem on October 17, 1991 before the Bears game; Esera Tualo was the Packers top rookie in 1991.

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Custom cards in 1991 Topps style.

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