Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2016 Draft, we took a look at each NFL team’s Longhorn draft history.
Over the next week leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft, we’re taking a look at the best Texas Longhorns players drafted by each team.
Green Bay Packers (1919-present)
Best pick: Bobby Dillon, defensive back, 1952
Dillon was the third pick of the third round, but 28th overall. He played eight seasons, making four Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro selections and had 52 interceptions in his career. He was the second NFL player ever to reach 50 interceptions and had three nine-interception seasons.
Dillon only had one working eye, but that didn’t stop the Temple High School product from becoming a Packers Hall of Famer and an All-American at Texas.
Most recent pick: Jermichael Finley, 2008
Finley was the 91st player taken in 2008, a third-round pick, and eventually became a key weapon in the early Aaron Rodgers years in Green Bay. He caught eight touchdowns in 2011 and a career-high 61 catches in 2012. Injuries forced him out of the game in 2013. As a Longhorn, Finley was the last great tight end to come out of Texas. He broke a school record for freshman tight end receiving yards in 2006 when he hauled in 31 passes for 371 yards. He then broke and set the single-game tight end record for receiving yards in 2007 when he caught four passes for 149 yards. He left Texas after his redshirt sophomore season.
First pick: Roy McKay, running back, 1943
McKay played four seasons in Green Bay.
Of note: The Packers were one of the best teams in football during the pre-Super Bowl era. And they drafted a lot of Longhorns. From the 1940s-mid 60s, the Packers drafted eight Longhorns.
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