Remembering the worst interior lineman drafted by the Packers in team history


The offensive line is very rarely on the receiving end of any praise or glory and is often criticized; sometimes fairly and other times not. In this particular instance it is fair to say the criticism is deserved.

At the time of the 1983 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers were 15 years into what was ultimately a 25 year ‘rebuilding process’ and patience was wearing thin amongst Packer fans as there had been little to cheer about for a decade and a half. Although the front office was largely whiffing on their draft selections, they had selected a gem six years earlier in future hall of famer James Lofton. Green Bay at the time hoped to shore up the offensive line in pursuit of more stable pass protection so as to help Lofton reach his full potential. This need led the Packers selecting a guard in the second round.

With the 48th overall pick in the draft the Packers selected guard Dave Drechsler out of North Carolina. This proved to be the worst pick spent on an interior lineman in team history. On paper the former Tarheel seemed like a great pick as he had size and seemingly ability as he was first team All-ACC in his final two seasons at Chapel Hill. But Drechsler was never able to translate his talent to the NFL level and after starting 12 games as a rookie he started just three games the next season and his career was over after that. Drechsler can now only be remembered as one of many bad picks in a nearly three decade span in Green Bay.

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  • Ed

    Tony Mandarich is not only the worst lineman drafted by the Pack, he may be their worst pick ever based on his high position and what he cost Green Bay (Barry Sanders).