New Packers head coach Vince Lombardi had the first overall pick and used it on the best quarterback in college football – Duncan (above right), who’d led the Hawkeyes to a pair of Rose Bowl victories. The day the Packers drafted him, Duncan finished as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting.
The only problem? Duncan never played a snap for the Packers – choosing instead to play in Canada for more money.
He spent two years with Vancouver, then played one season with the Dallas Texans and retired to go to law school, becoming a highly-successful lawyer in Des Moines. Lombardi and the Packers ended up doing OK, too – thanks to a quarterback who was a 17th-round draft pick in 1956: Bart Starr.