The next Donald Driver tough to find

Courtesy of Blogger Rob Demovsky

The Green Bay Packers found their all-time leading receiver in the seventh round of the 1999 draft but since then have not found another pass-catcher that late in the selection process that has even become a regular contributor despite a relatively high number of receivers picked in the same round.

Since the Packers drafted Donald Driver in Round 7 more than 15 years ago, they have taken seven receivers in the seventh round.

If the latest, Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State, makes much of an impact, he will be the first one to do so since Driver.

Driver was the 26th receiver taken in the 1999 draft, the 213th player overall. Janis was the 30th receiver drafted this year and the 236th player overall.

When Driver retired after the 2012 season, he walked away as the Packers’ career leader in catches (743) and receiving yards (10,137), marks that still stand. The six seventh-round receivers taken by Green Bay between Driver and Janis combined to catch 19 passes for 138 yards for the Packers.

"I've always been a little bit of an underdog throughout my career," said Janis, who played at the Division II level because he did not have a single Division I offer. "It helps your character and helps you work a little bit harder. That's what I want to show: that I'm willing to work and I'm willing to contribute on the team in any way."

Read Rob Demovsky's article in its entirety here.