- Rob Demovsky, ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter
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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.
Next up, tight ends:
Best pick: Finley
The third-round pick in 2008 set career highs for receiving yards (767 in 2011) and receptions (61 in 2012) in consecutive seasons. No Packers tight end has ever caught more passes in a season than Finley's 61. Finley had 20 career touchdown catches when his Packers career came to an end because of a 2013 neck injury. Although he had fusion surgery that he hoped would allow him to continue his career, no team has offered him a contract, and his playing days appear to be over even though he's only 28.
Honorable mention: Rodgers
Worst pick: Williams
The fifth-round pick in 2011, who won the Mackey Award (given to college football's best tight end) in 2010, caught just nine passes for 70 yards in two seasons with the Packers before being released at the end of training camp in 2013. He played in nine more games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots combined but did not catch another pass and is currently out of football.
Dishonorable mention: None
Notes: Rodgers (third round, 2014) caught 20 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie. He played more snaps than Quarless in two of the Packers' final three games (including playoffs) last season and could be the starter this season. … Quarless (fifth round, 2010) is in the final year of a two-year, $3 million contract. … Taylor (seventh round, 2011) played in 50 games over four years for the Packers until he was released midway through last season. He then played one game for the Ravens and eight for the Browns last season and is now on the Miami Dolphins' roster. … Harris (seventh round, 2007) never played for the Packers but has appeared in 95 career games, including the last 91 for the Bengals as their long snapper.
A review of Packers GM Ted Thompson's successes and failures when drafting tight ends.