The 10 best draft choices by the Packers since 2000

Aaron Rodgers has been named the league's MVP twice. [Image Source: Flickr | Mike Morbeck]
Aaron Rodgers has been named the league's MVP twice. [Image Source: Flickr | Mike Morbeck]

Aaron Rodgers' historic career makes him the easy choice to be on the top of the list.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for teams that currently occupy the first 11 selections of April's draft, it's time to look at the Packers who have the 12th pick. Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS Sports has them selecting tight end T.J. Hockenson out of Iowa with that pick in his latest mock draft.

The Packers have made the playoffs 13 times and won one Super Bowl since the 2000 season, due in part to some draft choices who played a vital role. Some of the players who helped them earn trips to the postseason are featured on the list.

Note: Only time with the Packers is considered for the list. Where they were drafted makes a difference - meaning this isn't exactly a top-ten players drafted by Green Bay since 2000 list. Some late-round picks who didn't quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Na'il Diggs (fourth round, 2000), Mark Tauscher (seventh round, 2000), Mason Crosby (sixth round, 2007), T.J. Lang (fourth round, 2009), Mike Daniels (fourth round, 2012), Cory Linsley (fifth round, 2014), Blake Martinez (fourth round, 2016), and Aaron Jones (fifth round, 2017).

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Aaron Rodgers, QB - 1st round, 24th overall (2005); time with Packers: 2005-present

In his 14 NFL seasons, Rodgers has won two MVPs, won a Super Bowl MVP, and earned seven Pro Bowl trips. He has a 100-57-1 record as a starting quarterback and has thrown for 42,944 yards and 338 touchdowns in his career. NBC Sports recently talked about how the weapons surrounding Rodgers have begun to dwindle heading into the 2019 season though.

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Clay Matthews, LB - 1st round, 26th overall (2009); time with Packers: 2009-2018

Matthews was named to the Pro Bowl in six of his first seven seasons and received First Team All-Pro honors in 2010. He is Green Bay's all-time sack leader with 83.5 in his career.

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