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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Green Bay Packers

Updated on May 9, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Green Bay Packers.

5. Derek Sherrod

Injuries and other factors kept him from getting on the field.

At Mississippi State, Derek Sherrod was a three year starter for the Bulldogs. As a senior, he helped the team to a 9-4 record and a blowout victory over Michigan in the Gator Bowl.

Sherrod was selected 32nd overall in 2011. Late in his rookie year, he broke his leg and spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserved recovering. After being pit on the PUP list in 2013, he was promoted to the active roster but was never the same player. He was released midway through 2014 and has since signed with Kansas City.

4. Justin Harrell

He had injury history in college it followed him to the NFL.

At Tennessee, Justin Harrell was a monster defensive tackle from a college known for the position.

Harrell was selected 16th overall in 2007. He entered the draft with injury concerns, and the defensive tackle never could shake that bug. Harrell made just two starts over seven games in 2007 and barely saw the field in the three seasons that followed. By 2011, he was out of the league and his status as a draft bust was secured. Fortunately for Packers fans, the team redeemed themselves by drafting four players that same year who were key in the team's Super Bowl victory in the 2010 season.

3. Bruce Clark

He choose a different league rather than play in Green Bay.

At Penn State, Bruce Clark became the first junior to win the Lombardi Award as the best college defensive lineman.

Clark was selected fourth overall in 1980. He refused to play for the Packers and opted to play for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League. After two years in the CFL, Clark returned to the NFL, but rather than play for Green Bay, he went to the Saints instead. He finished his career playing in the ne World Football League.

2. Rich Campbell

He could never crack the starting lineup.

As a senior at Cal, Rich Campbell set an NCAA record with 43 completed passes in 53 attempts in a game.

Campbell was selected sixth overall in 1981. With future Hall of Famers like Ronnie Lott, Mike Singletary, Howie Long, Rickey Jackson and Russ Grimm still on the board, Green Bay decided to go with a "franchise quarterback" instead. He never saw the field as Lynn Dickey emerged from nowhere to become a Packers legend. Campbell was a backup when Dickey produced one of the best seasons ever for a Green Bay quarterback when he threw for the second most yards in team history. Campaign lasted just four seasons in Green Bay and appeared in just seven games. The Packers didn't draft another quarterback in the first round until they selected Aaron Rodgers in 2005.

1. Tony Mandarich

Without his steroids, he couldn't be successful.

At Michigan State, Tony Mandarich was a 6'6", 315 pound dominant force at offensive tackle. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 despite playing in just eight games because of an NCAA suspension. Michigan State averaged 268.8 rushing yards per game with him in the lineup. Mandarich did not allow a sack and recorded 50 pancake blocks in his college career.

Mandarich was selected second overall in 1989. He was considered the best prospect for an offensive linemen ever. Things were bad from the start as he reported to training camp 15 lbs. lighter than his college playing weight confirming many scouts beliefs that he was on steroids. Poor footwork and a bad attitude doomed him early on. Constantly being beaten at right tackle, Mandarich was an embarrassment and was released in 1992. He made a comeback with Indianapolis and performed much better at guard than tackle. This pick was especially bad when the four players selected around him, Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, and Derrick Thomas, are all in the Hall of Fame.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      What a waste of a pick.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Mandarich was a huge bust in arguably the greatest draft ever.


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