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Packers Draft Pick History: Vince Lombardi found a Hall of Famer at 12 overall

In the first part of a series, we look at the Packers’ history and recent history picking in their 2019 draft slots.

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The Green Bay Packers hold ten draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and for a team that has a storied, 100-year history, they have predictably made selections in the past at every one of these draft slots. Over the next few days leading up to this year’s draft, Acme Packing Company will examine the Packers’ history at each current slot for 2019, as well as run down the names of recent picks around the league at the position.

Since the draft began, the Packers have made four selections with the 12th overall pick in the draft. One of them was a true bust, but they found two other productive players who had decent careers with the team. However, one player stands out well above the rest, as Vince Lombardi found a player who was critical to his team’s success in the 1960s and who went on to become a well-deserved member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Packers’ History at #12

1984: Alphonso Carreker, DE

Most recently, in 1984, the Packers selected Carreker, a defensive end out of Florida State. He started for the Packers at left defensive end for five seasons, totaling 18.5 sacks in that time. His high-water mark came in 1985, when he recorded nine sacks. Carreker finished his career in Denver, playing 22 games over three seasons there.

1974: Barty Smith, RB

Drafted out of the University of Richmond, Smith was a versatile back who was adept as a receiver out of the backfield. In seven years with the Packers, he recorded 1,942 rushing yards (with 18 touchdowns) and 979 receiving yards with three more scores. He started 43 games for the Packers, primarily in 1977 and 1978 as the team’s fullback. Both of those seasons saw him rush for over 500 yards and add at least 250 yards through the air.

1969: Rich Moore, DT

A Villanova product, Moore played in and started 20 games for the Packers, including every game of his rookie season in 1969. However, he was out of the league after 1970, being described as a “disaster” by director of player personnel Pat Peppler. Apparently head coach Phil Bengston — Vince Lombardi’s replacement — insisted on drafting Moore over the objections of many of the Packers’ scouts because of his 6-foot-6, 280-pound build.

1961: Herb Adderley, CB

However, the Packers landed a future Hall of Famer in the 1961 NFL Draft. That year, they made Michigan State cornerback Herb Adderley the 12th selection. Although Adderley did not start at corner as a rookie, he did in his second year, earning the first of four first-team All-Pro honors. Adderley would end up winning six NFL titles — five with the Vince Lombardi-era Packers and one with the Dallas Cowboys in 1971.

Interestingly, Adderley’s cousin’s grandson is Nasir Adderley, a safety prospect in 2019 who could be a target for the Packers late in the first round.

Recent History at #12

  • 2018: Vita Vea, DT, Washington (Buccaneers)
  • 2017: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (Texans)
  • 2016: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville (Saints)
  • 2015: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington (Browns)
  • 2014: Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU (Giants)
  • 2013: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston (Raiders)
  • 2012: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (Eagles)
  • 2011: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State (Vikings)