The GM

January 17 is Packer GM Ted Thompson’s 64th birthday. Thompson attended Southern Methodist University and then spent a decade as a lean 220-pound backup linebacker and special teams player for the Houston Oilers from 1975-84. Hired as a scout by Ron Wolf on the recommendation of former Oiler teammate Mike Reinfeldt, Thompson worked his way up to Director of Player Personnel over an eight-year period before leaving to become VP of Football Operations for the Seahawks in 2000. Five years later he returned to Green Bay to resurrect a slipping franchise and has spent a successful dozen seasons heading the Packer operation. Let’s recall some of his best and worst moves:

Top Draft Picks (first or second round)

  1. Aaron Rodgers 2005-1
  2. Clay Mathews 2009-1
  3. Nick Collins 2005-2
  4. Jordy Nelson 2008-2
  5. Bryan Bulaga 2010-1

Top Draft Gems (fourth round or later)

  1. Josh Sitton 2008-4
  2. J. Lang 2009-4
  3. Mike Daniels 2012-4
  4. Corey Linsley 2014-5
  5. Mason Crosby 2007-6

Top Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

  1. Sam Shields 2010
  2. Tramon Williams 2006
  3. Atari Bigby 2005
  4. Jarrett Bush 2006
  5. Tim Masthay 2010

Top Free Agent Moves or Trades

  1. Charles Woodson 2006
  2. Ryan Pickett 2006
  3. Ryan Grant 2007 (for a 6th round pick)
  4. Julius Peppers 2014
  5. John Kuhn 2007 (waivers)

Worst High Draft Picks

  1. Derek Sherrod 2011-1
  2. Justin Harrell 2007-1
  3. Jerel Worthy 2012-2
  4. Brian Brohm 2008-2
  5. Datone Jones 2013-1

Worst Moves

  1. Signing Jeff Saturday 2012
  2. Losing Cullen Jenkins 2011
  3. Losing Casey Hayward 2016
  4. Signing Seneca Wallace 2013
  5. Failing to supplement his drafts with more quality free agent signings2010tthompson

Custom card in style of 1960 Topps.

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