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Best and worst of Ted Thompson's drafts: Offensive line

4/22/2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Ted Thompson has picked 96 players in the 10 drafts he has run as general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Like any personnel man who makes the final call, he has had his share of hits and misses.

Leading up to the start of the draft on April 30, we will examine Thompson’s best and worst picks at each position group.

So far, we’ve covered quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends.

Next up, offensive linemen.

Total players drafted: 18 – Will Whittacker, Junius Coston, Tony Moll, Jason Spitz, Daryn Colledge, Allen Barbre, Josh Sitton, Breno Giacomini, Jamon Meredith, T.J. Lang, Marshall Newhouse, Bryan Bulaga, Caleb Schlauderaff, Derek Sherrod, Andrew Datko, JC Tretter, David Bakhtiari, Corey Linsley.

Best pick: Sitton

A fourth-round pick in 2008, Sitton was named to his second Pro Bowl last season and was named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. Since making the switch from right guard to left guard two years ago, he has allowed just one sack (and none since Week 3 of the 2013 season).

Honorable mention: Colledge, Lang, Bulaga, Bakhtiari, Linsley.

Worst pick: Sherrod

Perhaps things might have been different had Sherrod not snapped his lower leg during the horrific injury he sustained in his rookie year of 2011. He was never really the same after he broke both bones in his lower leg. It took him nearly two full years to get back on the field. But the fact remains that the former first-round pick (No. 32 overall) started only one game in his career before the Packers released him midway through last season. He's trying to resurrect his career with the Chiefs.

Dishonorable mention: Spitz, Meredith, Newhouse.

Notes: Colledge (second round, 2006) retired this offseason after appearing in 141 games combined for the Packers (80), Cardinals (48) and Dolphins (13). He missed only three games in nine-year career. … Whittacker (seventh round, 2005) started 14 games at guard as a rookie and then never played in another NFL game. … Giacomini (fifth round, 2008) went on to become a starter with both the Seahawks and the Jets.