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Packers Draft Pick History: Corey Bradford beat the Vikings after being picked at #150

The lasting memory of the Packers’ best pick at 150 is a clutch win over the Vikings.

Corey Bradford #85

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.

The Green Bay Packers have selected 150th overall four times in their history. While they have received only modest production from those four picks, there is one particular memory about one of these players that likely stands out in the mind of many Packers fans — a thrilling ending to a comeback victory over a division rival.

Meanwhile, the best player ever selected at 150 overall by any team was a linebacker from tiny Fort Valley State University. In 1987, the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed Greg Lloyd at #150. After a quiet first two years, Lloyd grabbed a starting job as one of the Steelers’ outside linebackers in 1989, a job he would hold down for a decade. Lloyd made five Pro Bowls and got three first-team All Pro nods, recording 54.5 sacks and a whopping 35 forced fumbles in his career.

The Packers did not find a player nearly that good at 150, but they did land one player known for a few clutch receptions and another who went on to a few solid years with other teams.

Packers’ History at #150

1951: Ed Stephens, RB

1965: Jim Weatherwax, DT

1998: Corey Bradford, WR

Although Stephens and Weatherwax have faded into obscurity, Bradford had a few nice years for Green Bay. In his second year, he caught a game-winning touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Lambeau Field. That catch came with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock, capping a furious two-minute drill after the Vikings had taken the lead just before the two-minute warning on a Randy Moss touchdown.

After four years with the Packers, Bradford signed a free agent deal with the expansion Houston Texans. He started for them for the better part of four seasons, then closed out his career with one final season in Detroit.

2008: Breno Giacomini, OT

Giacomini struggled to start his NFL career, landing on the Packers’ practice squad for a few years and playing just one game for the Green and Gold. After being plucked off the practice squad by the Seahawks in 2010, Giacomini spent seven years as a starter for the Seahawks, Jets, and Texans. His playing days look to be over, however, after he was released by the Raiders during training camp last summer.

Recent History at #150

  • 2018: Genard Avery, LB, Memphis (Browns)
  • 2017: Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson (Jets)
  • 2016: Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana (Bears)
  • 2015: Cedric Thompson, S, Minnesota (Dolphins)
  • 2014: Aaron Lynch, EDGE, USF (49ers)
  • 2013: Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois (Steelers)
  • 2012: Rokevious Watkins, G, South Carolina (Rams)
  • 2011: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh (Browns)