Packers Top Rookie: 2001


Ron Wolf’s final draft was a major disappointment that resulted in zero regular starters for the franchise. Wolf’s biggest miss was undersized first round pass rusher Jamal Reynolds from Florida State. Not only did Wolf move up to the tenth overall pick to grab Reynolds in a draft pick exchange that was part of the trade of Matt Hasselbeck to Seattle, but the Seahawks then used the Packers’ 17th overall slot to select perennial All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson. Reynolds would appear in just six games as a rookie and 18 over his entire three-sack pro career.

Four other 2001 draftees made the team: Texas A&M receiver Robert Ferguson in round two, Penn State strong safety Bhawoh Jue and Oklahoma linebacker Torrance Marshall in round three, and Tennessee tight end David Martin in round six. LSU runner Rondell Mealey, a seventh round pick from 2000, and waiver wire defensive tackle Rod Walker also made the roster.

Ferguson, Martin and Marshall all stuck with the team at least four years, but none of them ever became a regular starter and none made an impact as a rookie. Jue also spent four years in Green Bay and never became a regular starter, but he did start seven games in his first year and pick off two passes; Bhawoh Jue was the Packers’ top rookie in 2001.

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