For the second consecutive year, the Packers’ rookie class in 1937 was pretty thin, with only one player lasting longer than two seasons in Green Bay. Four of the team’s eight rookies came via the draft and four others came from free agent signings.
All four free agents lasted just one year in the NFL. Iowa guard Zud Schammell appeared in eight games, North Dakota State tackle Lyle Sturgeon and Manchester back Herb Banet in seven, and San Francisco tailback Ray Peteson in just two.
TCU center Darrell Lester was drafted in the fifth round of the 1936 draft and played for the Packers in 1937 and 1938. Another rookie center, Minnesota’s Bud Svendsen, was drafted in the fourth round and joined his brother George (another former Minnesota center) on the Packers in 1937. Both brothers left the Packers to go into coaching in 1938. Bud returned in 1939 and George in 1940. Bud was traded to Brooklyn in 1940 for Beattie Feathers and Dick Cassiano but was later elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in an odd selection. The team was not able to sign its third round pick, although Minnesota signal caller Bud Wilkinson did lead the College All-Stars to a 6-0 victory over the Packers that August.
The Packers top two draft picks were Wisconsin fullback Ed Jankowski and Pittsburgh tackle Averell Daniell. Second round pick Daniell was traded to Brooklyn in midseason for tackle Bill Lee in a steal for the Packers. Lee would give the Packers seven steady seasons as a starting tackle, while Daniell’s NFL career ended after one year.
Jankowski finished second to Clarke Hinkle on the team in rushing in 1937 with 324 yards and scored four touchdowns. He would spend five seasons in Green Bay; Ed Jankowski was the Packers’ top rookie in 1937.
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