Ten of the Green Bay Packers’ eleven draft picks in their 2018 class now have jersey numbers, and it’s a bit interesting to see how the team has assigned those numbers out. Packers fans who have bought some jerseys in recent years may be able to repurpose those articles if they can find a good tailor to make up a new nameplate.
Here’s a look at each player’s number and the other Packers in the recent and distant past who have suited up with them on their backs.
CB Jaire Alexander: #23
Throwing some shade at Damarious Randall, perhaps? Number 23 was Randall’s before he was shipped out of town. Packers fans with a Randall jersey could try to just get a custom nameplate to put over that name.
Previous notable Packers wearing number 23 include running backs Johnathan Franklin (2013) and Travis Williams (1967-70) and safety Maurice Harvey (1981-83).
CB Josh Jackson: #37
Like Alexander, Jackson gets the number of a recently-departed Packers corner: this one belonged to Sam Shields from 2010 through 2016. Shields signed a one-year contract with the Rams this offseason after taking 2017 off following his release by the Packers.
Other notable 37s in Packers history: CB Tyrone Williams (1996-2002) and safety Mark Murphy (1980-91, not related to current team president Mark Murphy).
LB Oren Burks: 42
I opined on Twitter yesterday that since the NFL allows linebackers to wear numbers in the 40s now, I hoped Burks would get a number in that range. For a converted safety, it just makes more sense. That indeed happened, as Burks got the 42 that opened up when safety Morgan Burnett departed for Pittsburgh.
The other two notable 42s in Packers history are safety Darren Sharper (1997-2004) and running back John Brockington (1971-77).
WR J’Mon Moore: #82
Richard Rodgers had 82 most recently, switching to that number from 89 (which he wore as a rookie) when the Packers signed James Jones in 2015. In recent years, it belonged to tight end Ryan Taylor and wideout Ruvell Martin.
Going back a bit farther, 82 was worn by fan favorite Don Beebe in 1996-97. However, Pro Bowl tight end Paul Coffman had it from 1978-85 and starting defensive end Lionel Aldridge wore 82 during the Lombardi years, from 1963 to 1971.
G Cole Madison: #61
Perhaps as much as drafting a long snapper, the assignment of 61 to another player signals the end of Brett Goode’s tenure with the Packers. Goode had that number from 2008 to 2017. Few notable players had it before him, however; the only players with an Approximate Value in double digits for their Packers careers are guards Dave Drechsler (1983-84) and Bruce Van Dyke (1974-76).
P JK Scott: no number yet
Apparently Scott doesn’t get a number just yet; due to the roster composition and retired numbers, however, only two numbers in the single-digits or teens are available: 1 and 5. And number 5 is unofficially retired for Paul Hornung, so Scott will probably get number 1 for camp before switching to something else if he makes the opening week roster.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling: #83
This is just too perfect. A few weeks before the draft, we discussed how Valdes-Scantling would be a similar project to Jeff Janis. Now he gets Janis’ old number in Green Bay.
Other 83s in Packers history include legendary tight end Tom Crabtree (2010-12), wideout John Jefferson (1981-84, Pro Bowler in 1982), defensive end Sweeny Williams (1970-76), and defensive end Bill Quinlan (1959-62).
WR Equanimeous St. Brown: #19
Interestingly, no player has worn number 19 in a Packers uniform for more than four years, and nobody has worn it since Myles White in 2013. Backup quarterback Rich Campbell had 19 from 1981-84.
DE James Looney: #99
The number 99 has belonged to a handful of defensive linemen in Packers history, most recently Ricky Jean Francois and Christian Ringo. Corey Williams had it from 2004-2007, and nose tackle Charles Johnson wore it in 1979, 80, and 83.
However, the most notable 99 in Packers history isn’t known for what he did on the football field, but off it; that’s former Packers linebacker John Dorsey, who wore it from 1984-88 in Green Bay before becoming a longtime personnel executive. Of course, he is now general manager of the Cleveland Browns.
LS Hunter Bradley: #43
Packers fans probably would like to forget the last number 43 in Green and Gold. That was M.D. Jennings (aka “the Doctor”), who wore that number from 2011 to 2013. Cornerback/safety Doug Hart also had it from 1964-71.
OLB Kendall Donnerson: #91
Fellow edge rusher Jayrone Elliott had 91 from 2014 through last year’s training camp, and Quinton Dial got it for last year’s regular season. Donnerson will hope to turn into an impact player like linebacker Brian Noble, however, a fifth-round draft pick who wore 91 from 1985 to 1993.