After employing 24 and 21 first-year players during the rebuilding years of 2005 and 2006, the contending Packers used a more normal total of 13 rookies in 2007. Nine of the 13 came from the draft, although two very significant contributors came via other means.
With the 16th overall pick, Ted Thompson reached for Tennessee defensive lineman Justin Harrell who never panned out, but there was value in this draft. Green Bay drafted Nebraska runner Brandon Jackson in round two, San Jose receiver James Jones and Virginia Tech safety Aaron Rouse in round three, Missouri Southern guard Allen Barbre in round four, Boise State fullback Korey Hall, Cal linebacker Desmond Bishop and Colorado kicker Mason Crosby in round six and Florida runner DeShawn Wynn in round seven.
Jackson, Hall and Bishop all provided good depth for the team for at least four years. Jones was effective for years as a third receiver, and Crosby is now the all-time leading scorer for the franchise. Barbre has bounced around the league, but finally became a starter with the Eagles in 2015 at age 31.
The four other rookies in 2007 were Ryan Grant, obtained for a sixth round pick in a trade with the Giants and three free agents: defensive tackle Daniel Muir, defensive tackle Conrad Bolston from the Vikings and cornerback Tramon Williams from the Texans.
Williams developed into a very good rangy cornerback who became a starter in 2008 and picked off 28 passes in his eight seasons in Green Bay. Grant became a starter in the middle of 2007 and gained over 100 yards five times in the second half of the year. He would gain over 1,000 yards in both 2008 and 2009 before a knee injury ruined his career on opening day in 2010; unheralded September pickup Ryan Grant was the Packers’ top rookie in 2007.
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