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.
This year, the Green Bay Packers have two picks in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. Their fist pick in that round comes in at #185 overall, but in team history there’s not much here to choose from. The Packers have chosen at #185 overall just three times, and none of the three players had much of a career in Green Bay.
In fact, there have been precious few useful players drafted at 185 by anyone in NFL history. The best player drafted in that slot is likely defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina, whom the Pittsburgh Steelers picked in 1993 at that spot. Zgonina was a useful backup and rotational player in the 1990s, bouncing around with five different teams, but he finally earned a starting job in 2000 with the St. Louis Rams. He started there for three years before signing with the Miami Dolphins, playing four years there before concluding his career with a three-year stint with the Texans. All told, Zgonina carved out an impressive 16-year career, earning a Super Bowl ring with the 1999 Rams.
Here’s a look at the players who the Packers selected at 185 and some of the recent names to go off the board in that spot.
Packers’ History at #185
1955: Charlie Brackins, QB
1960: John Littlejohn, B
2006: Tyrone Culver, S
Culver is the only player in this group with a career that lasted more than one year, though he only made it two years with the Packers (and only was active on gameday during one of those seasons). He caught on with the Miami Dolphins in 2008, however, and carved out a decent five-year run as a backup safety through the 2012 campaign.
Recent History at #185
- 2018: Deon Cain, WR, Clemson (Colts)
- 2017: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida (Browns)
- 2016: DeAndre Houston-Carson, S, William & Mary (Bears)
- 2015: Tyrus Thompson, OT, Oklahoma (Vikings)
- 2014: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming (Buccaneers)
- 2013: DeVonte Holloman, LB, South Carolina (Cowboys)
- 2012: Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State (Cardinals)
- 2011: Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State (Giants)