Packers Top Rookie: 2008

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I seem to recall some shuffle at the quarterback position in 2008, ending with the incumbent reluctantly moving on. I believe it may have been contentious. In response to the originally announced retirement, Ted Thompson drafted two quarterbacks in the 2008 draft as insurance.

Thompson traded down out of the first round by sending the 30th overall pick to the Jets for the fourth pick in the second round an additional fourth rounder. The Packers top pick then was Kansas State receiver Jordy Nelson. Also coming in round two were Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm and Auburn corner Patrick Lee. Texas tight end Jermichael Finley came in round three, Wake Forest defensive end Jeremy Thompson and Central Florida guard Josh Sitton in round four, Louisville tackle Breno Giacomini in round five and LSU quarterback Matt Flynn in round seven.

Nelson, Finley and Sitton were the gems in this draft, although Flynn proved to be a fine backup, unlike the higher drafted Brohm who never appeared in a game for the Packers.

Five undrafted rookies also joined the team in 2008: cornerback Joe Porter, linebackers Spencer Havner and Danny Lansanah, runner Kregg Lumpkin and long snapper Brett Goode. Goode is still with the team nine years later, but the rest were simply transients.

Of the three draft stars, Finley was very young and contributed little in his first year. However, both future All-Pros Sitton and Nelson started to move into the lineup as rookies. Sitton was slowed for a time by a preseason knee injury, but Nelson caught 33 passes and scored twice; Jordy Nelson was the Packers’ top rookie in 2008.

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Custom cards in the 1961 Fleer style.

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