In the championship season of 1936, the Packers brought in six rookies. Two came via the brand new NFL draft with San Francisco guard Russ Letlow being the Packers’ first-ever draft pick, the seventh overall selection in draft history. Only one of the team’s other eight initial draft picks made the squad that year – Nebraska end Bernie Scherer, and he would only last with the Packers for two seasons as a reserve.
Four rookies were signed as free agents. Washington & Jefferson guard Tony Paulekas and USC back Cal Clemons played only one NFL season a piece. St. Mary’s halfback Harry Mattos appeared in just two games as a Packer and then played one more season for the Cleveland Rams. South Dakota State halfback Paul Miller spent two seasons in Green Bay and scored three touchdowns as a rookie.
Letlow appeared in eight games as a rookie and would spend eight seasons in Green Bay, wrapped around a three-year tour in the service during the War. Letlow would draw All-Pro notice in four seasons; Russ Letlow was the Packers’ top rookie in 1936.
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