Recently, several members of Dairyland Express conducted an all-time draft of the Green Bay Packers. My team is led by the great, Aaron Rodgers.
Seven of us completed a draft of every player to suit up for the Green Bay Packers. You had to draft the player and the specific year you wanted the player from. Once a player was drafted, no other person could select that player, regardless of the year.
Dairyland Express will take to Twitter and find out who the fans think had the best overall team. Below is my team.
QB- Aaron Rodgers (2011)
Aaron Rodgers was the first overall selection, in really, a no-brainer decision. Rodgers threw for 4,643 yards, 45 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions during the 2011 NFL season. Rodgers also took home the MVP award in 2011.
RB- Vince Workman (1991)
Vince Workman was a 13th round selection. During the 1991 campaign, Workman had 11 total touchdowns. His 46 receptions for four touchdowns, will give Rodgers a great screen option.
RB- Ty Montgomery (2016)
Ty Montgomery was the Dairyland Draft Mr. Irrelevant. With the last pick in the draft, Rodgers gains another dual threat weapon for the backfield. Montgomery had 44 receptions during the 2016 season.
WR- Jordy Nelson (2014)
Jordy Nelson was an early grab in round two. During his Pro Bowl season, Nelson hauled in 98 balls for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns. Rodgers and Nelson reconnect with many other weapons on this roster.
WR- Antonio Freeman (1998)
In an effort to put talent around number twelve, a third round selection was used to pick up Antonio Freeman. Freeman made the Pro Bowl in 1998 with 84 receptions, 1,424 yards and 14 touchdowns.
TE- Jermichael Finley (2011)
Jermichael Finley was a value pick, falling all the way to the 12th round. Finley was targeted 92 times that season. Of the 92 targets, Finley hauled in 55 receptions, good for 767 yards and eight touchdowns.
LT- Bob Skoronski (1966)
Hoping in the time machine, I went back to 1966 to select Bob Skoronski. Skoronski was a Pro Bowler during the 1966 season. He was also an offensive captain for all five of Lombardi’s championships.
LG- Daryn Colledge (2011)
In a salute to the men and women fighting for our freedom, Daryn Colledge was my 19th round selection. Colledge started all sixteen games during 2011. He played a big role in an MVP season for Rodgers.
C- Corey Linsley (2017)
Corey Linsley slipped until the 21st round. Linsley is a highly underrated player. During the 2017 season, Linsley started all sixteen games in a rollercoaster year at quarterback.
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RG- T.J. Lang (2016)
T.J. Lang was selected in the eighth round, to make his return trip to Green Bay. Lang made his first career Pro Bowl following the 2016 season.
RT- Mark Tauscher (2005)
Mark Tauscher is another highly underrated player, making him a great selection in the ninth round. Tauscher laced up the cleats for all 16 games, protecting the great Brett Favre.
DE- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (2002)
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was a fifth round selection. During the 2002 season, Gbaja-Biamila wreaked extreme havoc. His stat line included one interception for 72 yards and a touchdown. He also picked up 12 sacks and four forced fumbles that season. A Pro Bowl snub for sure.
DT- Mike Daniels (2017)
Mike Daniels could easily be the team MVP for just a season ago. Daniels provides an attitude that should be contagious to his teammates. During his Pro Bowl campaign, the run stopping Daniels also recorded 5 sacks. A solid seventh round selection in my draft.
DT- B.J. Raji (2010)
B.J. Raji was a huge part of a Super Bowl winning club. Raji took over as the anchor for the defense in 2010. His 39 tackles and six-and-a-half sacks are impressive, but the big man is also credited for three passes defended that season. Good luck running on a defensive tackle duo of Daniels and Raji. Raji was a 6th round selection in the Dairyland Draft.
DE- Keith McKenzie (1998)
While Keith McKenzie only started two games in the 1998 season, he was a playmaker when called upon. In an effort to get playmakers, an 18th round selection was used on McKenzie. During the 98 season, McKenzie had eight sacks, four fumble recoveries, two touchdowns and five forced fumbles.
LB- Bryce Paup (1993)
Bryce Paup was a 14th round selection in our draft. During the 1993 season, Paup had one interception, two forced fumbles and eleven sacks. Paup, Gbaja-Biamila and McKenzie should sack the quarterback, early and often.
LB- Brian Noble (1989)
Brian Noble was one of the few bright spots for the Packers during the late 80’s. Noble often led the team in tackles. During the 1989 season, Noble led the Packers to a rare winning record at 10-6. Noble was a 17th round selection in the Dairyland Draft.
LB- Jim Carter (1973)
During the closing rounds I used a 20th round selection to take Jim Carter. Carter wasn’t popular with fans back then, as he replaced the aging Ray Nitschke. He had three interceptions and one touchdown during his 1973 Pro Bowl season.
CB- Micah Hyde (2015)
Micah Hyde was selected in the 11th round. During the 2015 season, Hyde had 51 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Hyde was often an underappreciated player who has gone on to be a Pro Bowl player for the Buffalo Bills.
CB- Mike Mckenzie (1999)
Feeling out the corner position, Mike McKenzie was selected in the 15th round. McKenzie started all 16 games in his rookie season. He picked off opposing quarterbacks six times and had 53 solo tackles.
SS- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2016)
Ha Ha Clinton Dix was a 10th round selection. Clinton-Dix had five interceptions during his 2016 Pro Bowl season. He was also one of the best tacklers, accumulating 61 solo tackles.
FS- Nick Collins (2008)
Nick Collins was selected in the fourth round. Collins was an unbelievable playmaker and his void has yet to be filled. During the 2008 season, Collins had seven interceptions for 295 yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded 60 solo tackles. Collins was a tremendous player.
This team was built to put a lot of points on the board. 2011 Aaron Rodgers is loaded with weapons and will enjoy a tremendous offensive line. While the defense may not be the sexiest, it is loaded with playmakers capable of changing the game. Points, sacks and interceptions should come very easy for this all-time squad.
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