1984 IN REVIEW
The Packers selected another former player from the Lombardi era to try and turn the team around. Forrest Gregg has been a head coach with Cleveland (1975-77) and Cincinnati
(1980-83) before coming back to Green Bay on December 26, 1983. During the course of the 1984 season, Gregg made several changes after the Packers started 1-7. After trading
Jan Stenerud to the Vikings, Eddie Garcia was given the kicking job, struggled, and was replaced in the middle of the season by Al Del Greco. Eddie Lee Ivery missed the first six
games of the season with a knee injury, then teamed up with Gerry Ellis, as both players passed the 500-yard mark in rushing. Randy Wright was drafted from Wisconsin and
became the heir apparent to QB Lynn Dickey, after David Whitehurst was released and Rich Campbell found wanting. Hank Bullough was brought in to rebuild the defense, but left
for the USFL. Dick Modzelewski took over, and the Packer defense allowed 130 less points that they did in 1983.
THE USFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT
After seeing the United States Football League continue to raid their rosters and pluck off their draft picks, the NFL held a supplemental draft of players from the USFL and the CFL
on June 5, 1984. 84 players were picked during the three-round selection meeting, 75 from the USFL, eight from the CFL and one, Duan Hanks, who was a free agent who had last
participated in the Philadelphia Stars camp before being cut. NFL clubs tabbed 20 members of the Los Angeles Express including top pick Steve Young by the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers. Green Bay selected three players:
1st round - RB Buford Jordan - A first-round pick in the 1984 USFL draft, Jordan led the New Orleans Breakers in rushing his rookie season with 1276 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The following year, after the team moved to Portland, he again led the team in rushing with 876 yards and 5 touchdowns. Joining the Packers shortly after the USFL ended their
season, he was one of the final training camp cuts (September 17). He would join the Saints in 1986 and play seven years in New Orleans, but never rushed for more than 207
yards in any one season.
2nd round - DB Chuck Clanton - Clanton picked off ten passes in 1984 for the Birmingham Stallions and returned three for scores. In 1985, Clanton had an even bigger season,
intercepting 16 passes and being named USFL Defensive Player of the Year. He would finish with the second most interceptions in USFL history, two behing Luther Bradley, who
played an extra year. On December 3, 1985, Clanton joined the Packers and would play in three games at the end of the season. He would be released on August 19, 1986.
3rd round - DB John Sullivan - After a pedestrian career in the USFL, the former Oakland Invader sat out the 1985 NFL season, then joined the Packers in the 1986 training camp.
He would play six games with Green Bay before being released on October 18. Ironically, he would be picked up on waivers by San Diego, after they released a former Packer fan
favorite - Mike "Mad Dog" Douglass. He would play nine games with the Chargers, then one game the following year with the 49ers before his career came to an end.
Like many of their draft operations in the 1970s and 1980s, the Packers would miss on their picks. Green Bay, in picking Jordan, passed up on several USFL players who went on
to productive NFL careers - WR Ricky Sanders (483 catches and 37 touchdowns), LB Vaughan Johnson (4-time Pro Bowler), DE William Fuller (4-time Pro Bowler with 100.5 career sacks) and RB Albert Bentley (2355 rushing yard and 19 touchdowns in eight NFL seasons).