Packers Top Rookie: 2003

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The 2003 draft continued the decline of the Packers under Mike Sherman. Although he hit on his first round choice of Oregon State linebacker Nick Barnett, only one of the other eight draft picks made the roster that year – Ohio State defensive tackle Kenny Peterson in round three. Peterson only lasted three years with the team and never started a game.

The fifth round pick from 2002, Craig Nall, made the active roster in 2003 as Brett Favre’s caddy. Free agent punt and kick returner Antonio Chatman was signed out of Arena Football and spent three years returning kicks in Green Bay. 6’7” defensive tackle Terdell Sands was activated off the practice squad for one game before being waived; he spent five years in Oakland as a sometime starter. That’s a pretty unimpressive five-man rookie class.

Barnett, of course, became a starter immediately and was a quick and active middle linebacker for several seasons; Nick Barnett was the Packers’ top rookie in 2003.

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