Ranking the Packers Best Day Three Draft Picks Since 2010

The NFL Draft is the primary method most football teams use to build their rosters. Most successful teams put the bulk of their roster together via the draft and then use free agency and trades to fill a remaining need or two.

While the early rounds of the draft get the most attention each year, winning teams have a habit of finding quality additions to their clubs later in the draft. These players don’t get much hype as rookies, but they develop into significant contributors to a team’s success over the course of their careers.

Here is a look at the Packers five best picks in day three of the draft since 2010. To qualify for this list, a player had to be selected in the fourth round of the draft or later. An emphasis is placed on the contributions these players made to the Packers although players who exceled elsewhere are considered. The later in the draft a player was selected, the greater their value is.

Feel free to mention any other players you feel belong on this list:

5. DB Micah Hyde, 2013 Round 5, Pick 159

The Packers grabbed Hyde in the fifth round back in 2013. The former Iowa star spent four seasons with the Packers and started 33 games while intercepting eight passes and recovering six fumbles.

Hyde had a knack for making big plays in big games. He picked off a pass in the Packers playoff win over the Cowboys after the 2016 season. He also added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the postseason.

Hyde left the Packers via free agency before the 2017 season and signed with the Buffalo Bills. He earned Pro Bowl honors after picking off five passes that year.

Hyde has been a starter for the Bills since joining the team in 2017 and has played both free safety and strong safety.

4. DT Mike Daniels, 2012 Round 4, Pick 132

The Packers grabbed Daniels in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He made the team as a rookie and became a solid contributor in his second season when he recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks.

Daniels used his strength to be a force in the middle of the Packer defense and often occupied multiple blockers to help his teammates make tackles. He also provided solid pass rush from the interior of the defensive line and recorded between four and six sacks between 2013 and 2017.

Daniels earned Pro Bowl honors with the Packers after the 2017 season. Green Bay let him go after the 2018 season. He spent 2019 with the Lions and signed with the Bengals for 2020.

The Packers had to be pleased with the return they got on their investment of a fourth-round pick when they selected Daniels.

3. C Corey Linsley, 2014 Round 5, Pick 161

Linsley was drafted in the fifth round back in 2014 but had an immediate impact when he started all 16 games at center in his rookie season. The former Ohio State star played seven seasons for the Packers and provided Green Bay with consistent play in the middle of the offensive line.

Linsley’s intelligence and mobility helped him to make effective blocks on the second level especially on screens, sweeps and wide runs. He also called the signals for the Packers offensive linemen.

Linsley had his best season in 2020 and earned All Pro honors despite missing three games due to an injury. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an unrestricted free agent last month.

2. RB Aaron Jones, 2017, Round 5, Pick 182

Aaron Jones flashed his talent immediately after joining the Packers in 2017 but his inconsistent pass blocking and receiving prevented him from seeing the field more in his rookie year.

By 2018, Jones was the primary starter at running back, beating out fellow class of 2017 pick, Jamaal Williams.

Jones put together the first of two 1,000-plus rushing seasons in 2019. He led the league with 16 rushing touchdowns while gaining 1,084 yards. He also caught 49 passes for 474 yards and three scores.

The former UTEP star gained a career-high 1,104 yards rushing in 2020 despite missing a pair of games. He earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career.

His career average per rush is a healthy 5.2-yards per attempt. He worked hard to improve his all-around game and it paid off. Jones is a breakaway threat who can take any run or catch to the house on any play. He is also a great teammate and an excellent fit in Matt LaFleur’s offense.

The Packers re-signed Jones to a new contract just before he hit free agency this offseason.

1. OT David Bakhtiari, 2013, Round 4, Pick 109

Bakhtiari started his career as a fourth-round pick back in 2013 but he quickly became one of the best pass-blocking offensive tackles in football.

The former Colorado star started as a rookie and has remained a rock at left tackle for the Packers. He is responsible for protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blind side.

Bakhtiari is tenacious and has great footwork. He mirrors opposing pass rushers very well and helps give his quarterbacks a chance to complete their passes.

He has made the Pro Bowl three times and earned All Pro honors twice. The Packers inked Bakhtiari to a new contract late last season to keep him in Green Bay long-term. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury in practice late last season and is likely to miss the start of 2021 while he completes his rehab.

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April 08, 2021 at 12:39 pm

I liked JC Tretter. Of Course Linsley was the better center. And Truthfully, TTs best late pick. But I would have liked Tretter to stay in GreenBay.

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April 08, 2021 at 01:01 pm

I considered Tretter but as you said, Linsley was better and Tretter did a lot after he left Green Bay although he was good with the Pack as well. He came close. Thanks for the comment, stockholder.

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April 08, 2021 at 04:20 pm

Great picks, but it's amazing how poor we drafted in the 1st round over the last decade. This collection of 4th and 5th rounders is far better than all of our 1st round picks in the last decade. The Packers picked 2 studs, the rest are just guys or flash in the pan players. I get I'm comparing two rounds (and sometimes multiple picks), but what was so apparent to fans was missed by the media and the Packers organization (TT was past his prime, RIP) due to an incredible history of picking players prior to 2011.

Derek Sherod
Nick Perry
Datone Jones
HaHa
Damarious Randall
Kenny Clark
Kevin King
Jaire Alexander
J. Love

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April 08, 2021 at 06:17 pm

I take Derek Sherrod of the list. Never has a chance after his awful leg injury. Came back with a totally reconstructed leg. Lost an inch. That he got back on the field, much less walk was a miracle in itself.

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GilMartin's picture

April 09, 2021 at 03:13 pm

Always felt bad for what happened to Sherrod. We'll never know what might have been had he stayed healthy. Thanks for the comment, flackcatcher.

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April 10, 2021 at 06:23 am

Special thanks to Marshall Newhouse for missing his block on the other side of the line allowing his man to scream around the corner and barrel into Sherrods leg.

I will always blame Newhouse for that stolen draft.

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April 09, 2021 at 06:50 am

We we’re almost always picking at the end of the first round, also. So really these are mostly almost second round picks. Still no excuse but makes me feel better.

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April 09, 2021 at 03:14 pm

It's a good point, Daren726. Of course, it's a good thing if you're picking late in the first round all the time but it does make the job that much harder. Thanks for the comment.

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April 09, 2021 at 03:12 pm

You're spot on Ezra. There have been several misses in the draft that have hurt this franchise in the early rounds. Round 3 has been a particularly difficult round as well in recent years. Thanks for the comment.

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