Continuing into the second part of another ongoing series focusing on the draft, this week’s piece dives into numbers 10-14 on the list of the 20 best draft picks in Green Bay history, round five or later.
Last week, I began the list by covering 15-20, with the likes of the Majik Man and Scott Wells filling up the early spots on the list.
Again, big credit goes to Pro Football Reference for the in-depth draft statistics tool.
Let’s get into it!
#14- Mark Chmura, TE
Criminal history and wrongdoing aside, Chmura’s seven years in Green Bay were great value, considering he was drafted in the sixth round of the 1992 draft out of Boston College.
Chmura’s post-athletic career has been clouded with controversy, as he was acquitted in 2000 of child enticement and third-degree sexual assault. While he was found to be innocent, Chmura spoke out after the court decision and said that his actions did not resemble how a married man should act.
Chmura only played for Green Bay, and he amassed 188 catches, 2,253 yards and 17 touchdowns. He earned Pro Bowl nods in 1995, 1997 and 1998, and his career was cut short in 1999 with a career-ending spinal injury.
As a disclaimer, it was hard for me to put Chmura on this list, due to his criminal implications (even though he was found innocent). Athletic accolades and accomplishments never should supersede illegal actions, especially those of the nature in which Chmura was accused of. I don’t condone his behavior in any way, shape or form by including him on this list, but I believe that his athletic accomplishments are noteworthy enough to be placed onto this list.
Chmura begins the list at 14.
#13- Tony Canadeo, HB/FB/DB
Across 11 seasons in Green Bay, Canadeo suited up in 116 games for the Packers as a two-way player. As both a halfback and a defensive back in most games, Canadeo made a big impression on both sides of the ball, leading to one All-Pro recognition in 1943.
1,025 carries for 4,197 yards and 26 touchdowns made Canadeo a regular in the backfield, but he also contributed 69 receptions for 579 yards and five touchdowns on the receiving end as well. He also was called upon to coordinate the passing game, as he also threw for 1,642 yards, 16 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his career.
In his lone All-Pro season, Canadeo threw for 875 yards and nine scores, ran for 489 yards and 3 TD’s and then caught three balls for 31 yards and two scores. For those scoring at home, Canadeo was responsible for 1,395 yards in his own modified Catch Pass & Rush contest.
Voted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1974, the “Gray Ghost of Gonzaga” was drafted in the ninth round from the Bulldogs, and he checks in at #13 on this list.
#12- Marv Fleming, TE/S-E
Checking in at number 13 on this list, Fleming played from 1963-1969 in Titletown, and overall had a 12-season career that ended in 1974 with the Miami Dolphins.
Fleming became a bigger contributor in his third season, and his 95 games in the Green and Gold are the fifth-most for a tight end in franchise history.
Fleming found gold with his head coaches, as he had the pleasure of playing under both Vince Lombardi and Don Shula, and he became the first player in NFL history to appear in five Super Bowl contests. Fleming won five NFL championships (three with GB) and four Super Bowl titles (two with each).
Drafted in the 11th round (154th overall) in 1963, Fleming joined the Pack and started 67 games in his seven seasons in Green Bay.
His 109 catches, 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns while in Green Bay place him in GB record books at different levels for stats, but Fleming was always seen as a team-first player, according to his thoughts on how much of an influence Lombardi was on his career.
Fleming slides into the list at 12th overall.
#11- Marco Rivera, G
Drafted in the sixth round, 208th overall, in the 1996 draft, Rivera’s eight-year career in Green Bay led to a monster contract with the Cowboys, but he, unfortunately, could not stay healthy and didn’t play up to his contract and was out of football after 2006.
Out of Penn State, Rivera slid right into the action in his rookie season. While he didn’t start any games, he saw action in 14 in his freshman campaign. Rivera earned his first start in his sophomore season, as he started in all 15 games he appeared in.
From Rivera’s second season through the remainder of his career, Rivera started in at least 14 games each season and had seven seasons of 16 starts, including six consecutive with Green Bay.
He earned three Pro Bowl recognitions in consecutive seasons, 2002-2004, and checks in at 11 on the list.
#10- Dorsey Levens, RB
Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2009, Levens played eight seasons in Green Bay and 11 total, making stops in Philadelphia for two seasons and one with the New York Giants.
Levens, who was drafted in the 5th round out of Georgia Tech, also attended Notre Dame before transferring to the Yellow Jackets to finish out his college career by being drafted 149th overall.
Nicknamed ‘The Horse,’ Levens ran for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns while in Green Bay, and also showed his pass-catching abilities by hauling in 271 receptions for 2,079 yards and 16 scores. In total, Levens was responsible for 6,016 yards and 44 TD’s in his eight seasons.
Levens helped lead Green Bay to its Super Bowl victory in 1996 over New England, as he ran for 195 yards and had 156 receiving yards and a touchdown reception across three games in the ‘96 playoffs.
1997 was his career year, as he was selected to his lone Pro Bowl due to rushing for a career-high 1,435 yards on 329 carries and seven rushing scores. He also had his third-highest receiving yardage season as well, with 370 yards and five touchdowns.
Levens concludes part two of this series at number 10 on the list.
Check back next week for the third part of this ongoing series, and thank for reading!뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23