Cory's Corner: Pressure Is On Brian Gutekunst

The Packers GM has proven that he can solidify a roster via the draft. With four picks in the first two rounds, he will do it again. 

On April 28, the NFL Draft will finally be here. No more reading between the lines and trying to decipher well planned smoke screens from NFL front offices so as not to tip their hand. 

This will be Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst’s fifth draft. We can definitely glean one thing from all of those drafts — he likes to make a deal. 

Gutekunst has engineered six trades since 2018, including moving up nine spots to take Jaire Alexander and he also moved up four spots to take Jordan Love. 

Which is what makes this year’s draft even more intriguing. Gutekunst has plenty of draft capital at his disposal with four picks in the top 60 and seven in the top 150. The Packers are going to end up with some playmakers, it all depends on how those playmakers end up in Green Bay.

For example, if Gutekunst has his eyes on Alabama star wideout Jameson Williams and he can get him with the No. 17 pick, then I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes and does that. Not just because Williams is one of the most dynamic receivers around, but because he isn't afraid to lower his head and block. Gutekunst could make that trade with the Chargers for No. 22, No. 92 and No. 132. That’s a late first, late third and a late fourth for arguably one of the best wideouts in this draft. The good news is that the Packers would still have another first rounder for a potential defensive line or safety pick and two more picks in the second round. 

This draft is a general manager’s dream. They have loads of picks in a draft where you don’t really have to reach for anyone. 

But at the same time, Gutekunst knows that he has to put together a winning roster. How many years will the Packers have Aaron Rodgers? I don’t see him playing out the entire deal that goes through 2026. Mainly because I don’t see the Packers paying the $59.3 million cap hit in 2025.

That’s why all of the pressure is on Gutekunst. I have really liked what Gutekunst has done since taking over for Ted Thompson. Drafting guys like Alexander, Rashan Gary, Elgton Jenkins, AJ Dillon, Josh Meyers and Eric Stokes. Then there are the diamonds in free agency with De’Vondre Campbell being the best of the bunch that includes Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Adrian Amos and Billy Turner.

Gutekunst clearly knows talent. Whether that’s talent in the form of high pedigree players or guys that were forgotten by most teams as in the case of Rasual Douglas. 

The key is seeing how the pieces fit. Back in March, LaFleur said, “We need a legit guy that can take the top off the coverage.”

Enter stage right Gutekunst. Thanks to wide receiver inflation, the Packers are not going to go after high-priced wideouts in free agency. Green Bay got a steal with Sammy Watkins and his $1.7 million deal. They cannot pay a wideout north of $20 million while they pay a quarterback $40 million. 

This is Gutekunst’s Super Bowl. He needs to hit a home run with a playmaker in the first or second round. With four picks, it would be better if he hit a couple home runs. 

The key won’t just be finding those guys, but making sure they will mesh with the offense and with Rodgers. Because what’s the point of having a Ferrari if it doesn’t get used properly?

Has Gutekunst gotten everything right? Of course not. Josh Jackson comes to mind. And so does Jace Sternberger. But Gutekunst has landed more draft picks than most and there’s no reason to think he won’t do the same with more draft ammo on his belt. 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

April 23, 2022 at 06:42 am

I also believe Jameson Williams is BGs #1 WR (and will be the best WR from this class).
I pray BG won't trade up though, our first 5 picks in this draft are GOLD.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:00 am

There is no guarantee Williams will even be able to play, let alone practice until mid to late season. I think Gutey has been well schooled in the danger of drafting injured players, let alone over-drafting them.

I agree to keep the picks for this draft...so deep in positions the Packers need for starters and/or quality depth.

Trade back, don't trade up.

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egbertsouse's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:16 am

Yeah, let’s trade back and load up on JAGs. We only have 50 of them already. I miss those Ted Thompson drafts full of 4th, 5th, and 6th rounders.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:19 am

...because, yeah, you win 39 games in three seasons with 50 of your 53 players being JAGs.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:17 am

Egbert, you need a hug...come here big guy...(I love hugs). The kind that are bordering on being almost too uncomfortable due to the duration and intensity.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:20 am

Yeah, just don't squeeze too hard, egbertsouse...(the reason why is in his handle).

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:31 am

Shat, there went my GrapeNuts sliding across the kitchen linoleum floor... thanks Dobbs, the laugh was worth the cleanup!

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 01:40 pm

That would be damn uncomfortable too!

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:28 am

The laugh I didn’t know I needed today. Rock ON!

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mrtundra's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:52 am

I'd be leery of Williams just because of his injury. If you are drafting in the first three rounds, you want those players to contribute right away. Williams won't be able to do that. Same goes for a guy like Ojabo at Edge. I think a WR like Jalen Tolbert fills the bill and can match whatever they think Williams can offer. Tolbert, however, is not a Round 1 pick. The guy can block, though. Olave or Pickens in the 1st, if Gute wants WRs there, and then Tolbert or Pierce, in the second, or third. I'd still look at Safety, Edge, IDL in Round 1 right now. WRs Thornton and Ekuzanma should be available after Round 5, too. OT players, after the top tier guys go off the board early, can be had in the later rounds. I'm also leery of OT Bernard Raiman. Don't think he is a 1st round talent, at this point. Why do we need to develop a 1st round pick, as Raiman has been mocked to us, at 22, by some know it all pundits?

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:50 am

I have Lucas in the 2nd round. A little better base and knows pass pro. 4.9 40 for movement skills. I still advocate a move into the second for more selections there. Just a lot of value Players in that segment.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:39 am

Only problem with OT Abe Lucas, who I love, is he’s not a proficient run blocker. We might need that this season, with a bunch of new receiving targets causing a more run heavy shift. Great pass protector though.

I’m sure it can be taught with the OL staff in GB… that’s really the only thing keeping him from plug & play status. Then again, with Rodgers at QB?

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:20 am

He can move at 4.91 and has lateral agility. He was in a more fundamental offense with Leach out of there. He can hold the fort at RT. A little more mass than Raimann who is a LT candidate. Lucas reminds me of Bulaga.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:26 am

Totally agree. I hate Raimann to GBbecause his arms are just a tad longer than 32”… No. No. No.

Aberaham Lucas a very solid choice within our Day 2 selections.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 01:46 pm

I think Ezukanma goes in the 4th but I really like him. Not a super athlete but just looks natural catching the ball and getting upfield. Lots of upside with him.

Also like Tolbert as a guy that can come in and be productive right away. I'd be happy if he's the 2nd WR they grab.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:41 am

I think Jameson is pretty much every GM's #1 WR. Unfortunately I just do not see how Gutey could pull it off without depleting most of their high draft choices to obtain him. As much as I like Jameson I do not want to lose all those picks just to get him. I think Pickens has much of the same upside and can be had at 28. If he is really Gutey's choice I do not think you let him pass at 28 as he could go late 1st round or early 2nd round. I do not see him lasting to 53 as so many mocks/simulators show. Not happening!

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:05 am

He'll go in the top half of round 1 to a team with multiple firsts who can wait on him to heal. Like Jeffrey Simmons a couple years ago, someone will reap the benefits of that.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm

Yes, even if healthy enough to play he’s going to miss the preseason and a good possibility it takes months to recover full mobility.

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2022 at 06:47 am

You may like what Gutey's done. But he hasn't got us closer to the super-bowl. It's A one and done Team. , And as long as we have a "great gun" in Rodgers. He still lacks bullets. I did a mock that contained the visits of future packers. It got more down votes than positive. While most look to the packers war room. I look at the NFL Green Room invites. The best of the best have been invited. And as I watch whom the packers bring in. It doesn't look like we're going to get the best of the best. IF Gutey blows this draft. Life in the NFL will be difficult. Rodger's window is closing. And I'm going to say it right out. We have become the Dan Morino Dolphins. This is a patched Green Bay packer team. Unless we get Rodgers more weapons/bullets. This race for glory is over.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:02 am

Rodgers is the glue, now get new horses. No to trade ups, especially for guys with knee injuries. The "Stockholder Syndrome" is providing a clearer picture of the circle game. I'm staying with your Watson at #22 scenario and deal from there. #28 can be EDGE or OT or DT or a move into rd two with a three pick added on and a five if you set the parameters of the deal correctly. Milt Hendrickson has saved the personnel dept. from total disaster. The past two drafts were solid. Playmakers or haymakers in the lineup after 4-30-22? If he screws up this poker hand, move in a different direction. There is no steady course in a typhoon.

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:22 am

Has to be Edge. They brought in Sam Williams. But I would still go after Ojabo first. Even with his injury. TT took the best that dropped. Ojabo Will be the best edge player in this class. ( when it's revisited.)

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:54 am

Mafe may fit their defense. I like Ojabo but not at #28, maybe the fourth? Some never recover the burst after an Achilles tear.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:36 am

Hey Jannes,
Just fyi, Karlaftis, Paschal, Bonitto, Ebiketie, Cam Thomas and DeAngelo Malone are your most balanced, effective pass rushers who also provide run stop at a good rate of success. Mafe is a maybe…

We really need the run stop along with the pass rush. If they don’t offer run stop too, I zip em off my listings. We truly suck on 3rd and short run D - successful stopping that about 35% of the time…

RUN STOP. HOLD THE EDGE. Why take anything less?

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:11 am

With P and Gary, and with Garvin as a replacement-level reserve, they have a little room to bring a guy along who needs to get stronger and get coached up on holding the edge. In the end, the Packers have shown they'll chase a guy with elite traits if they think he can get to the QB (e.g. Gary)...so don't be surprised if they take Mafe at 28.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Agree. Or, Eyioma Uwazurike at 59-93, or Alex Wright at 93-132…I’d rather they go with either of these two during Day 2-3. Maybe prefer Wright straight EDGE. Uwazurike is a freaking dynamo, Tasmanian Devil, who can line up, EDGE, DE, 3-Tech with high proficiency. Bit more of a project, but, insane versatility. Same with Malone, really.

Some great, diverse offerings for the Packers in EDGE depth this year.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 01:55 pm

I don't think the NFL is ready for a 316 lb OLB. Uwazurike isn't Reggie White,he won't be playing Edge in a 3-4. Could he play DE in a standard 4-3? Maybe occasionally against run heavy teams but 5T is his best spot.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:24 am

The Gophers had a strong defense, he made plays. I like Paschal and Bonitto later on down the line. Mafe was All Big Ten and stayed healthy. He holds edge better than Karlaftis.

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:13 pm

But most do. I still see @22 WR, & @28 WR. I say Ojabo , because he's the prize dropping. PER YOUR LIST. The problem is: your first rd. picks should START. @28- It was OJABO vs. Pickens. They both had injuries. Getting a rookie to play all the games is an accomplishment now.

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mrtundra's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:56 am

Sam Williams may not get any consideration following his character issues. Otherwise he'd fill the bill at Edge.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:10 am

Are you referring to the Justin Harrell selection?

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mrtundra's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:55 am

I see what you did there, using "Glue" and "Horses" in the same sentence!

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:46 am

It's metaphor week at Dollar Discount.

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Isherwood's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:38 am

There's so much wrong with this, it's almost as if you don't follow the team at all. Prospect visits do not, and have never, been a predictive indicator of who the Packers will draft. They barely even spoke to Jaire before taking him. At the same time, Gute has brought in or visited with at their pro day almost every 1st-2nd round WR prospect, so your head is clearly just in the sand. But I've read you before, you love to be obstinate and obtuse when it comes to criticizing the front office. Just another bizarre post in a string of many, out of touch with reality.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:25 am

It’s one heck of a draft crush season this year.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:40 am

Wrong.

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:37 am

I just put it out there about the visits. It's got everything to do with INTEREST. I wouldn't draft Brisker or Williams. (But See the due diligence.) You then have to show what Gutey's draft might look like.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:58 am

If you kick the tires on enough people, it will be harder for other GMs to figure out what you're going to do.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:58 am

When we got Rodgers he took all our money for weapons. It’s that simple no matter how often some chose to deny it.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:11 am

Right, rendering “ALL-IN,” meaningless, for the most part. It’s a joke. So much doesn’t line up. Rodgers changing his ways? Please. I wouldn’t bet anything on that.

Even with new WRs, I foresee a heavy, heavy focus on Lazard, with Tonyan, Cobb and Winfree picking up much of the rest. Especially if we don’t tap WR early, R1. Does anybody see Aaron Rodger’s working with Amari Rodgers to renew his confidence and build a rapport? Yeah, me either…

What if the NYG had a hand in writing Rodgers’ contract terms? From what I’ve been told, that is a possibility… and if true, we could be in for a VERY INTERESTING draft weekend. I’ll be watching the NYG picks like a Hawk.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:55 am

Amari Rodgers took my ILB or CB from the three spot in 2021 and gave the Green and Gold world an overpaid, King.

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Swisch's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:58 am

What a wonderful draft day it would be for the Packers if Rodgers were traded to the Giants!
To adapt a prayer from one of my favorite movies, "Fiddler on the Roof," may God bless and keep Aaron Rodgers ... far away from Green Bay.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:19 am

Are you excited about watching a team that doesn’t make the playoffs? Like the Saints without Brees, Colts without Manning, Pats without Brady, etc? I’d rather keep a hall of fame talent on the roster as the best chance of winning it all is with a top QB. Those are the teams that go deep in the playoffs.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:44 am

Oh, stop. You don’t know that. Jordan Love has every tool in the kit to lead this team into the playoffs. You’ve watch Aaron Rodgers fail to advance for more than a decade, but he’s annually, our best hope? Give me a break.

At some time, one has to stop making the same mistakes, expecting different outcomes.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:25 am

It's the same rationale for why people stay in jobs they admit aren't satisfying, but pay well enough and give them some security.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 24, 2022 at 02:52 am

I think it is reasonable to believe that a Jordan Love led team doesn't get into the playoffs in 2022.

We know that $26.84M in dead money would hit the books if AR were traded to the Giants during this draft, and presumably some or all of the $40.8M fully guaranteed roster bonus - we just don't know how much of that has already been paid by GB. So, the cap savings could be $1.69M but if the roster bonus has been paid, then it could be a negative $39.11M. A post June official date for the trade might be just a $6.47M negative cap hit. Doable, I suppose, under the right circumstances.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:15 am

Did Rodgers “learn” to work with Adams after many drops in his career? Or MVS? Or Tonyan ? Lazard? None of them were reliable at the beginning of their careers and Rodgers worked with and trusted them all. Why wouldn’t he do the same with Amari? Just because a guy isn’t a star as a rookie doesn’t mean he won’t be productive.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:25 am

Even in bringing back 12, at least Adams' forcing his way out of town is making this team do something "different"...and avoiding the definition of insanity, at least to a degree.

There will be no draft-day trade on #12...it could happen next off-season before his option bonus kicks in, but that's the soonest.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:06 am

SH,
I did not up vote or down vote. While frequently I do not agree with some of your thoughts I respect your input. You bring a different perspective and I always appreciate a different perspective from mine, and from other posters. At the end of the day you are a fellow staunch Packer fan!

There are many ways to build a team for success and the Packers have had 'bullet's for Rodgers and he has failed to capitalize year after year. Anyone saying Adam's, MVS, Tonyan, Jones & Dillon are not top talent than they lack reality and perspective. They had all this talent the past two years and just didn't get it done....it wasn't even close to getting it done!

I believe the Front Office recognizes this, but to expect rookie WR's are going to be able to come in and replace Adam's and MVS production and get them to the SB is somewhat absurd. Do not care how talented the WR's are. Just not going to be able to replace Adam's and MVS this year and their production. The growth has to come from somewhere else. You do the same thing over and over and expect different results is kind of foolish. Build the team that can keep opponents ability to score minimized consistently and the Packers will be better off. Add some WR talent here and there throughout the draft that compliments a very good running game, and TE game with Tonyan and the team will be very competitive. Allow those talented rookie WR's to grow and expand their roles throughout the season leading to a hopeful playoff contention.

All this talk about providing Rodger's WR talent makes one wonder if so important to him why doesn't he just take some leadership and initiative and come to camp and work diligently with the top couple of drafted WR's to make sure they are in lock step with him. Make them stay next to him throughout the pre-season, training camp, etc! That they earn his trust because Rodgers ensured they earned his trust by knowing the plays and where they are to be inside and out! We all know regardless of talent at WR he will pull this BS trust stuff and they likely won't get many targets regardless of how talented they are.

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:56 am

Replacement of Adams and MVS.---= Adams did replace Nelson. And how many here bet against that. I Did!! Adams can be replaced with Speed. Staying injury free. And separation. But it still comes with wanting the ball. They only have to catch it.
MVS just couldn't stay on the field. Rodgers had to make sure he would catch the ball. You just can't target a guy!

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:15 pm

MVS was remarkably healthy except last year when he only played in 11 games. Overall, this claim simply isn’t true, I’m not the first to point that out either.

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CHEESEHEADDALLAS's picture

April 23, 2022 at 06:56 pm

It not if it is when just look at 2020 draft he should be gone

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fastmoving's picture

April 25, 2022 at 03:09 am

the shortseller stays funny........"the great gun" who was never so great when it counts even with more bullets then any other top QB. so its Gutes fault that 20% of the SC plays like 5%. Hahaha this twisted neandertaler logic is really orange. noting is dumb enought anymore in America.
Hope you fell good on flate earth in your parallel world, must be fun....

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Packer_Fan's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:13 am

Cory, you use the term pressure. Gute and anyone like him, including Lafluer, consider this an opportunity. Keep all four high picks or trade down to get 5 picks and reload the team.

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murf7777's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:22 am

Cory, Rodgers salary cap is not 40M. It currently is 28M and next year it goes to 31M. Not until the third year does it reach 40M+. So, yes they could pay do a Top FA WR this year if they wanted to. They just back load the contract as they did with Rodgers. As reported, they did just that with an offer to Adams.

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Since'61's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:52 am

If Gute does make moves I prefer that he trade down rather than up. I’m not crazy about giving up 3 picks for a player with a knee injury.

Either stay where we are or trade down. First 4 picks should be OT, Edge and WRs in any order. Thanks, Since ‘61

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:11 am

I agree with your first 4 picks...but would not be unhappy if one of those picks was ILB or DT or one of the top S like Hill, Pitre, etc.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:59 am

Where does the number one One Pick at safety play? They can get a big safety with speed in the third to fourth round to fill in for dime looks. If Savage is not extended, they will hunt the next guy in 2023.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:43 am

I get where you're coming from jb, seriously I do. The thing about the draft is they're going to work these guys in slow no matter who is drafted. CM3 didn't even start right away. I know we want our 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks to be impactful players right away, but most of these guys need some seasoning. So, if Gutey were to take a Safety at 22 and a WR at 28 or vice-versa, I might expect the WR to start day 1 because we need a #1 or #2 WR depending on how you see Watkins, but I would still expect they would work him in, unless he just blows the doors off in Training Camp.

A Safety picked high will be expected to contribute eventually, but wouldn't necessarily need to start Day 1 because we do have Amos and Savage. No matter how good he is, he's still got a lot to learn, so worst case, he plays dime looks starting out, but will eventually replace one of our Safeties, but it doesn't have to happen Day 1.

That goes for most of our rookies, unless they have to play due to injury or what not. I do see where an OT could possibly start at RT day 1, but he'd probably have to be a beast and have a great camp against Clark, Slayton, and Reed. (Which would be awesome!) ; )

IDK if Cine or Brisker are going to be great, but I would hate to see Gutey pass on them because they wouldn't be starting right away if they are going to be NFL caliber players eventually.

It all comes back to where Gutey has all these guys rated on his board, which is something we can't know for sure. It will be a lot of fun discussing how this draft unfolds, because I have a feeling it could get wild.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:33 am

I like Alontae Taylor, 4.36 as my 3rd round CB who can play the dime and be the FS if necessary. An All -Academic guy who is can handle the mental assignments. He covered the Bama group and went against Velus in Practice. Two Birds with one stone. A high pick at safety seems a waste of a spot when we have more pressing needs.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 02:19 pm

Cine has played over 1000 snaps at deep safety in college. I think he could come in and play there right away, letting Barry move Savage and Amos around up front. Maybe even play Savage as the slot defender. Just as important he plays with an energy and edge they just don't have enough of right now.

This has a good breakdown of where the top safeties played in college. Easy to see why PFF lists Hill and Pitre as CBs!

https://twitter.com/PFF_AustinGayle/status/1517582328931012610?t=RjQcxL-...

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:06 am

Jannes, one of my favorite at 93, maybe, maybe at 132 is S Bryan Cook out of Cincinnati. That kid can bring it in BOTH coverage and run stop, with speed and instincts for the position. I’d like him at the star, but would make a fine Free Safety, or could make the move to Strong Safety if needed.

Run stop involves multiple layers. Adding run D emphasis in picking pass rushers - players good at both, at NT, 3-Tech, DE, EDGE, wherever they really want to take it, makes a player like Cook a cherry on the top. Essentially marking that problem solved.

35% success rate on 3rd and short won’t be delivering any Super Bowl appearances, nor wins. A MUST FIX.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:37 am

I like the Bearcat and Nick Cross from Maryland, but I have my dual purpose guy in Taylor. I would keep Amos over Savage who will be in a make or break season.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm

Agree on Cross too, just after Cook. Another I like late Day 3:

S Markquese Bell of Florida A&M. 6-3 212 4.41, with great lateral agility. Pretty good both run and pass. That’s some speed for his size, and the kid can range all day.

Run, pass, zone, man tackling all around or over the 70th percentile. Superb read & react, staying square facing QB w lateral movement. Great ball skills.

PATIENT. NATURAL. AGGRESSIVE. ACTIVE. Doesn’t back down in run support.

***VALUE R6-7 Getting enough run in media/TV he might be a good snag at 171…

Really, really wish we had more R5-R6. Great players deep into this particular draft. OT, OG. RB. WR. TE. S. DT. DE. EDGE. NT. CB…. Just so many players I’d love to see in the green & gold deep in this draft. I can name at least two players for for every one of those positions -all of them available R5 or later, and great players. This sucker is that deep.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:27 am

Dime packages for certain, and in the case of a guy with good coverage chops, he could be your star out of the gate. Sure, the Packers have guys coming back, but we shouldn't assume that they can't be outplayed.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:16 pm

Safeties Hill, Brisker, Cine, Pitre all have god size and cover skills. They can play both S spots and the Star as slot pass/run/blitz role if they were to win the position in camp. As you point out, Barry likes 3 safeties in the dime so there would be snaps there and STs too.

I don't think both Savage and Amos will be gone in 2023 (I hope neither are!), but they could be. Another reason to improve the depth.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 02:21 pm

Speaking of STs, Bubba Bolden blocked two kicks in college. He's one of the late round safeties I really like.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 24, 2022 at 03:35 pm

A seek and destroy guy, under-rated.

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Since'61's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:12 am

I would be fine with a DT, especially if the DT can generate pressure on the QB. While we need depth at S and ILB I’m not sure we should take either with our first four picks.

However, the draft is a crap shoot and any player can work out as well as any other selection, or not. It will depend on how the draft falls to Gute’s board.

Now if we trade down and pick up another 2nd rounder and a solid S or ILB is available then I agree, go for it.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:05 am

Since’61, if a run hits WR early, it looks like there’s a real chance Jordan Davis drops to us at 22. I’d take him in a heartbeat, allowing a solid rotation with Slaton, and Kenny Clark to slide to 3-Tech, where he’s more effective, Clark rotating with Jarran Reed also a big plus.

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Packman60's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:29 am

I agree that trading down vs. up is the preferred option. I would love to see him pick up another pick or two in the 2nd /3rd rounds. Experts have said the draft is weaker compared to most in the top 15-20 picks, but much stronger through the 3rd round. Additional picks could enable them to address DL, S and TE in addition to the needs identified in the above post.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:01 am

It looks like 2020 all over again. He just has to make the correct choices and get into the mix for these guys. Round two is gold.

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HDbikerguy's picture

April 23, 2022 at 01:45 pm

Pretty much agree except I would go with a D lineman instead of O line.....we do so well in later rounds with O line...

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NickPerry's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:56 am

The thing about Williams is you won't have him at the beginning of the season. You also don't know how he'll run once recovered. He was also a WR who needed to transfer to get more playing time. He decided the room was to crowded with Olave and Wilson and that was before Jaxon Smith-Njigba played better than all of them his sophomore season.

The reason I LIKE Olave is he's the best route runner in this class. He can run EVERY route, and run it well. He has excellent hands and is pretty fast. That's not to say he's not flawed. He's easily tackled, had very few broken tackles at OSU. Bottom line is I just want at least 2 WR's drafted by the end of the 4th, and another late in the draft. People LOVE Watson here and I do too. But NOT in the 1st. That dude drops the ball...A LOT, and that's against lessor competition. I LOVE him in the 2nd and hope he develops.

Bottom line is I trust Gutey. Personally I don't care WHERE he drafts them in the first 3 rounds, as long as he DOES draft them. I'd be ecstatic with a combination of a Tackle like Cross or Tyler Smith, maybe a D-Lineman like Travis Jones, or a Safety like Dax Hill, Louis Cine or Jaquan Brisker. For Edge guys like Jackson of USC, Bonitto of Oklahoma, or even Ojabo in the 2nd.

This is a talented team. Lets use some of those 4th, 6th, and 7th round picks to maybe move up in the 2nd round or even get an extra 3rd rounder. Six picks in the top 100 sounds better than five.

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murf7777's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:25 am

I agree with your thoughts except On Williams, I agree about the injury concern, but I wouldn’t have any reservations because he left OSU for Bama. If your the best at Bama your very good. It would be different if he went to the PAC 12 like UCLA and performed. Bama always have the top WR talent in the collegiate ranks. IMO, without the ACL, he is the best WR talent in the draft and will show that in time, unless that ACL has taken it from him.

With his young age and the way young players haven’t lost a step from ACL’s I think he will be a winner in this draft. Of course, all players recover differently and the lighter a player is the better I suspect. WR Pickens was injured in Spring Practice for Georgia and was playing 8 months later in November. Buyer beware thou.

Now, if the Packers take two WR’s in the first 4 picks and he fell to 22 I would take him. He’s just too good of a talent to pass at that point in the draft.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:32 am

"I wouldn’t have any reservations because he left OSU for Bama. If your the best at Bama your very good. It would be different if he went to the PAC 12 like UCLA and performed."

I agree with the 'Bama comment. I think most that pan Williams on OSU are just looking for excuses. He still put up 79-1572-15TD in the SEC. Production talks...and production like that would talk in the Big Te-fourteen, Big XII, and Pac-12, too.

Fine with someone else taking Williams early (sounds like it's going to happen) and pushing other players further down the board.

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NickPerry's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:55 am

"If your the best at Bama your very good. It would be different if he went to the PAC 12 like UCLA and performed. Bama always have the top WR talent in the collegiate ranks."

Good point Murf... Truth be told I've had crushes on several of these receivers at some point or another leading up to this draft. I heard one guy say he thought Williams would run the 4.2's had he not been injured. It would be fun to have that kind of speed in Green Bay. We haven't seen it at the WR position in a long time.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:03 am

"Truth be told I've had crushes on several of these receivers at some point or another leading up to this draft."

I have guys that I like and those who I want the Packers to keep their distance from (which tells you who they'll pick), but I'm not getting too invested. The scouting is fun--window shopping for prospects. I'll wait until some names are called and see what they bring.

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NickPerry's picture

April 23, 2022 at 03:06 pm

"I have guys that I like and those who I want the Packers to keep their distance from (which tells you who they'll pick), but I'm not getting too invested."

LOL...I know exactly what you mean dobber. I try to not get to invested and it should be easier the older I get, but I still get emotional for lack of a better term when the draft doesn't go like I think it should.

BUT, it normally is gone by morning and then I look for the positive in every pick. Read my comment at the time of the pick, and then 24 hours later and it's probably a bit different. No matter, the Packers and Gute will draft who they draft, and because those picks are now Green Bay Packers I'll have their backs...Especially when they turn out like Rashan Gary!

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:12 am

Agree, Nick. You won’t see me complain about GB picking Olave. Yes, he might be over rated, but, he’s deadly as a route runner, moves the chains regularly, and scores in bunches.

We need to accept the WR offerings are all role players, but there are some really good ones, great ones in some cases, at doing what they do best. Olave is that guy. Fast, sure hands, insane separation and understanding of route adjustments. 100% a “QB’s best friend.”

Anyone thinking that won’t be heavily used by Rodgers or Love through Olave’s first contract is nuts.

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:32 am

HARD NO to trading up. Williams simply out of reach. Pickens could be had. Burks could be had. Olave could be had. A lot of questions with all three causing them to slide. Add Watson to this mix, and all 4 receivers offer their specific roles this team can benefit from having.

Possibly, some realistic options for the Packers, considering an early run hitting WR in this draft (based upon CBSSports latest mock), each with a different emphasis

22 LB Devin Lloyd
28 EDGE George Karlaftis
53 OT Darian Kinnard
59 DT Travis Jones
93 EDGE Cam Thomas
132 WR Velus Jones
140 WR Erik Ezukanma
171 TE/H Chig Okonkwo
228 OT Cordell Volson
249 S Markquese Bell
258 OG Jason Poe

22 OT Tyler Smith
28 RB Breece Hall
53 EDGE Arnold Ebiketie
59 DT Travis Jones
93 EDGE Cam Thomas
132 WR Velus Jones
140 WR Tyquan Thornton
171 OT Braxton Jones
228 S Markquese Bell
249 WR Devin Thompkins
258 OG Jason Poe

22 LB Devin Lloyd
28 EDGE George Karlaftis
53 DT Phidarian Mathis
59 WR Alec Pierce
93 WR Velus Jones
132 EDGE Alex Wright
140 TE Chig Okonkwo
171 OT Braxton Jones
228 S Markquese Bell
249 OG Lecitus Smith
258 NT Noah Elliss

22 EDGE George Karlaftis
28 WR George Pickens
53 OT Darian Kinnard
59 DT Travis Jones
93 S Kerby Joseph
132 WR Velus Jones
140 WR Erik Ezukanma
171 TE Chig Okonkwo
228 OT Cordell Volson
249 OG Jason Poe
258 WR Deven Thompkins

22 WR Chris Olave
28 WR George Pickens
53 OT Darian Kinnard
59 DE Eyioma Uwazurike
93 EDGE Sam Williams
132 CB Cobie Durant
140 OG Jamree Salyer
171 RB Pierre Strong
228 OT Cordell Volson
249 OG Jason Poe
258 WR Deven Thompkins

There are plenty of ways to surround Rodgers with more talent, while also addressing the other side of the ball. Getting his “buy-in,” a huge factor in realizing the ultimate dream. As unlikely as it all may seem, it’s possible. Many Super Bowls were won under unlikely conditions.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:34 am

Some people really like Pickens, but I don't see the Packers taking a shot at him early. Over recent years (going back as far as I can remember) the one thing that day 1-2 WR picks the Packers have taken have in common is college productivity. He's got flash, but not more than that...IMO, not a round 1 guy for GB, and where traitsy guys with limited college production have intersected with Packers draft picks in the past, he'll be long gone.

Keeping in mind, of course, that those picks largely were made by guys who didn't have the initials BG...so all with a grain of salt.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:07 pm

This is my FINAL Mock of the extended April Fool's Daze. One blogger mentioned the Swiss Cheese Roster. I want a plug and Replace draft:

#23 Watson WR 4.36 (22 to AZ for #23 and 201).
#31 Winfrey DT/five tech. ( #28 and 2023 5th to Bengal Tigers for # 31,83, 162)
#41 Pierce WR 4.41 (#53,83 to SEA )
#61 Lucas OT 4.91 ( #59 2023 4th comp to 49rs for 61,134)
#92 Taylor CB 4.36
#132 Gunter Edge 4.47
#134 Walker OT to OG
#140 Strong RB 4.37
#171 C-Fields CB 4.38
#174 Bellinger TE 4.63 Inline
#201 Melton WR 4.34 PR and KR
#209 Barnes CB 4.23
#226 Horvath FB
#228 Anderson S 4.36
#249 Andries OG All-Big Ten

Time for some changes. Win the Big Game. I like Gen Z.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 24, 2022 at 10:53 am

GG,
Appreciate the effort!

Agree though so many options and directions this draft can go to improve the team with all the draft choices. Why I dread the thought of Gutey moving up depleting the # of draft selections we have. We have a lot of bullets, so let's use them!

Lastly, the amount of posters who seem fixed mainly on our 1st WR selection WR's 40 yard amazes me. All WR's dont have to be a sub 4.0. Adam's was over 4.5 and so what? Bell at 4.65 well that may be a concern but may be okay as a supporting WR. Point is while speed is nice there are a lot of quality WR's in that 4.0 to 4.55 in the 40 yard. We can select a WR later in the draft like a Thornton to take the top off the defense. Draft can't come soon enough!

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beerandbrats's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:17 am

Good article Cory. I agree. There's lot's of pressure to get it right particularly because of Rodger's contract and the departure of Adams. Gutekunst has come up with some pleasant surprises this year like Campbell, Douglas and now Watkins. Let's hope he stays on a roll and hits it out of the park in this draft!

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 08:29 am

A few Sports publications are now reporting the Packers, Lions, and Jets are interested trading for D. Samuel.

The three teams are mentioned in all the articles...huh, I wonder who the "source" is? Maybe a certain agent Samuel knows trying to start a bidding war?

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 23, 2022 at 09:20 am

I'm sure the Packers have enquired about Deebo, but the Packers aren't going to give up the capital to get Deebo, and the 9'ers aren't going to trade Deebo to the Packers so the Packers can roll them in January. (I wouldn't anyway.)

I do expect a very crazy draft. There are fewer "sure" things in this draft class than any in recent memory. If you go back and look at every draft class, there are guys in every round that just don't make NFL players. Some because of injuries, some because they're in the wrong scheme or wrong situation with the team that drafted them.

The trick in my opinion is sorting through the "trash" for those guys who won't be denied. No matter where a guy is drafted, no matter how much talent he has, he has to have that unquantifiable desire to be great. Donald Driver comes to mind. Campbell comes to mind as a guy who "fits" in our defensive scheme.

I will be very curious to see how MVS fares in KC and how DA fares in Vegas. Personally, I'm hoping they both stay healthy so they get a fair shake.

I don't think there is much chance of us getting Deebo, but I do think if Gutey's done his homework, we can come out of this draft with 4 or 5 guys who can make a big difference this season and some good depth at crucial spots.

Should be loads of fun anyway.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:40 am

Covid has pushed more high-floor players into this draft...more guys who played 4 and 5 years of college ball, have a lot of film, and who will be physically mature rooks. The ceiling on those guys might not be so high and many might not be nearly as exciting, but it's making this a better draft top to bottom.

An all-in move would be to deal for Deebo. They'd have to give him a contract, but it would give this offense the versatile catch-and-run dynamo that thrives in it (there are a couple of of those guys in the draft, too), and that the Packers didn't have a year ago. Deebo supposedly wants to be less RB and more WR, but that's not necessarily where his greatest value lies. Less RB bodes well for his longevity, but his usage is going to lead to a short career--whether that's in SF, GB, or anywhere else.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:56 am

If I were Deebo I'd want to get paid too, especially if SF is going to abuse him and he has a ton of touches, but I'm not sure going from one Shanahan offense to another is going to help him much? We do have RBs, so Deebo might not be asked to do as much in that regard, but the whole point of having a Deebo is using him where he makes a difference. Catch-22 for sure.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:13 am

Well stated, BDU.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm

LaFleur is not as cut-throat as Shanahan. Deebo could execute the WCO route tree. I really like Pierre Strong Jr. to do some of that RB/wingback stuff.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:20 pm

A great deal of Deebo’s value comes from what he no longer wants to do (supposedly). Take that away and he’s going to give you less than his current value (or recent past value). Always a hard trade scenario to see work.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 02:32 pm

Supposedly he doesn't want to take snaps out of the backfield anymore. I would think if they could get a top 10 pick for him they will, although that didn't work out so well for them when they traded Buckner and took Kinlaw.

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HDbikerguy's picture

April 23, 2022 at 02:04 pm

Don't want it.... keep our picks and draft two WR in the first four....much cheaper and still get two other high picks....

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:27 am

It's a coming...the Draft train! Can't recall what article it was but it listed the Green Bay Packers (Gute/scouting team) the 5th best out of the NFL teams with draft player performance I think in the last 10 drafts? I wish I had exacts to share but going off my memory. For reference, Seattle was rated #1 and the Vikings 19th? It listed the player that over performed and the one that most underperformed in relation to the pick each year.

I always thought it would be cool to be an NFL scout (not always glamorous or fun...but what a way to help the Pack if you had the talent and opportunity).

Anyways, I am more macro than micro and appreciate you all with your insights and opinions...I love the passion! We will be fine...I really believe in Gute. Will root like heck for the team with Rodgers on it and really look with interest and excitement and root for the Pack without Rodgers...I ain't worried about post-Rodgers at all. I would be crying on my GrapeNuts if Gute was gone though. Go Pack Go!!!

With the 22# pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers, 13 TIME CHAMPIONs, known as TITLETOWN, recently voted as the #1 TRAVEL DESTINATION in the NATION and truly AMERICA's TEAM select ________!

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:15 am

“The Packers are ON THE CLOCK! We’ll be right back…”

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:18 am

No....NO! Why you be doing that GG!?! :D

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:23 am

Every. Fucking. Year. LOL

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:28 am

Right as Reign! 👍

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:17 pm

They know we will just trade down

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 24, 2022 at 03:14 am

That's NOT funny, GG!

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arthurl's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:40 am

Drafting at the bottom end, I would grade the drafting since 2018 as average. How many impact players have come out those drafts; it’s limited to Alexander, Jenkins, Gary, and now Stokes. All those are really good players. I would have to say however, the vet players brought in have been excellent. Just about everyone of these guys have been very nice pickups. I also like couple other things that Gute does; willingness to dump guys pretty quick that don’t pan out, and always looking at players to better the team.

Gute’s best picks have been selected early and there are four in the first two rounds. I suspect they’ll get couple good ones.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:46 am

"the vet players brought in have been excellent"

True, very true Arthur...thanks for the reminder. I don't recall two stellar pickups the same season like Douglass and Campbell. The ROI was fantastic.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:25 pm

I think the pick up of the Smiths, Amos and Turner were all rather good FA vets!

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Thanks LP, I already forgot about THAT...wow.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 24, 2022 at 03:21 am

I think one impact player per year is pretty good. (A little early on Stokes, but he looks promising.)

Gute's efforts in rounds 3 to 7 have been average at best, probably below average. Newman, Runyan and Deguara could make that look better (Slaton and McDuffie and any one else who makes a jump as well).

Gute has been very good with his pro personnel moves: the 4 FAs, plus Tramon minus Graham, plus Douglas, Wagner, and Campbell, minus Kirksey.

Overall, he's done a good job.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:53 am

That dang sly guy Cory, did it again. Pieced together an article that makes me react like a love-sick moth to an ol' time bug zapper.

I will be ready for your next article Cory...no caffeine that morning, zen-like composure, Packer shrine dusted and cleansed with holy water. You ain't getting me to respond to the next article. Wait, you so sly....are you Gutester's son????

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jhtobias's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Hard no on George Karlaftis in the first round let someone else make this mistake.

This kid has no bend no rushing moves except power which is fine in college and a high motor, but he will be stonewalled by nfl tackles on just power. I'm dumbfounded why the packer crowd is so enamored by this kid. Maybe mid west bias. If he is there in the bottom of the second round fine maybe he develops or is a space eater no way he becomes a edge rusher in the nfl. At least Gary was a physical freak and had just needed to be taught how to play.

I really hope he is not on Green Bay's board and thankfully he does not fit any of the Green Bay Traits of an edger usher no bend not fluid just a power rusher good luck with that at the nfl level

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greengold's picture

April 23, 2022 at 10:51 pm

I don’t know about that, j… what you’re saying does not jibe at all with what I’ve seen from him. He’s a gap shooter with the swim, chop, dip, leverage, length and speed to go around, as well as power bull. He’s got great pass rush and solid run stop.

6.78 3-Cone 37” vertical 380 power clean 10-1 broad 6-4 274

Spends 1 hour per day doing hand to hand combat, like me!

Never has to come off the field.

Versatile enough to play inside all day. Interior and outside pass rusher.

2021 Ted Hendricks Award Finalist with 667 snaps, 5 SACKS, 10 TFL, 14 QB HITS, 35 HURRIES, 2 FF, 2FR, 39 TACKLES, 4 PD Karlaftis is EXACTLY the kind of hustle player I love at DE/EDGE.

ELITE athlete. ELITE speed and agility with an endless motor. HE NEVER STOPS.

Rushes from 2 & 3 pt. stances, with playing speed to stand up.

Easy leverage gap shooter.

Plus quicks, change of direction.

Powerful hands with huge bag of tricks.

Super powerful upper body, with extraordinarily developed lower body strength to move linemen to either side. These are rare physical gifts at EDGE.

#18 overall Athlons Top 100 Players.

About as all around proficient as it gets - 12th in sacks, 6 th in hits, 12 th in hurries, 28th in run stops

He’s not all just power. I like him a lot.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 24, 2022 at 11:07 am

Jht,
100% agreement! There is a place for him just not in round 1. Possibly not even round 2.

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SpikeHyzer's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:24 pm

No pressure. Tons of draft capital--more than we need--and the ability to move up for elite talent.

I wish WI fans would appreciate that this is THE golden age in WI sports history, with all 3 pro teams being great, and the fact that we have the 3 best GMs in all of pro sports. The Crew might even have a WS win or two if robo umps had been adopted a few years ago--they led the league in BOTH bad calls against their pitchers and batters for 3 consecutive years--and if the league hadn't changed all sorts of rules this year to specifically thwart the way Stearns used options and the roster and even in game strategy (the 3 batter rule among others).

Yet all the whining....

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:29 pm

Is fun to have the Pack, Crew and Bucks playing well.

I have watched most of the Brewers games and they are winning with pitching and outstanding D. So far, their hitting has been atrocious, and that is preventing more W's.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

April 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm

What do you do when you have an elephant with 3 balls? Walk him and pitch to the rhino. Thank you, thank you...

The Badgers football and basketball teams have had their moments and the Badgers women's VB team is usually top notch.

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 23, 2022 at 02:38 pm

I know it's early days but the other day I looked at the lineup and they had 4 guys batting under .200 and none over .300. First thought was just like last year!

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 23, 2022 at 01:51 pm

I keep going back and forth. Protect Rodgers with OT and attacking opposing QBs with Edge pressure or a DT collapsing the pocket.

Obviously WR is our greatest need, but doesn't have to be addressed in the 1st round. I do expect WRs to be taken much higher than most of the simulators have them ranked, I still think Gutey will find a way to get to the sweet spot between 33 - 38 for a WR of his choosing, he has to jump ahead of duh bares at #39, just to piss off their fanbase further.

I think my perfect draft would be something like this, granted it could be a wide variety of different players, but the intentions are the same no matter who the players end up being or whether we take a WR at 22 or 28 or 35 or 38... (I expect Gutey to go after one of the Jets 2nd round picks to jump ahead of duh bares...

: )

22 Trevor Penning - Comes in and plays RT from Day 1 for a decade, while not doing stupid shit to get penalized for. (Protect AR)
28 Christian Watson - Takes tops off the defense to start and develops into a viable #1 WR by the time Playoffs come around.
53 Travis Jones - Becomes a monster in the middle of our defense collapsing the pocket and allowing Clark to seek & destroy.
59 Joshua Paschal - High Character/High Motor guy. Culture builder who will fit in GB. (Seek & Destroy QBs)
92 Jelani Woods - Seriously doubt he lasts this long, but a TE in the 3rd round seems fitting. Keep trying until you find the guy you want. Viable TE of the future who can block like Big Dog and stretch the field too, with the possibility of becoming a beast.

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Coldworld's picture

April 23, 2022 at 07:29 pm

I am sure that Rodgers would like nothing more than to be reliant on a guy honed in the fires of Northern Iowa Panther football and the Fearsome D 2 rushers and defensive schemes they faced. Throwing to a guy who ran the simplest of route trees in a run first D 2 offense and only recently passed 3 dozen targets. Twilight zone drafting for a twilight zone off season. No wonder he needed 50 million reasons to return if you are prescient.

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BirdDogUni's picture

April 23, 2022 at 11:15 pm

I guess you missed the part where I said it could be a wide variety of different players?

"I think my perfect draft would be something like this, granted it could be a wide variety of different players, but the intentions are the same no matter who the players end up being or whether we take a WR at 22 or 28..."

OK -

22 Devonte Wyatt
28 Treylon Burks
53 Tyler Smith
59 Nik Bonitto

You happy now?

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Gman1976's picture

April 25, 2022 at 11:11 am

Love your first 3 picks, but I think it will be Pickens not Watson; and I don't think Jones is going to last that long in this draft since he's so special.

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DavidK's picture

April 23, 2022 at 04:34 pm

Corey forgot two other picks that Brian got wrong. Those would be the first and fourth round picks of 2020. Had Brian drafted for need and talent, that may have been enough to put the Packers past Tampa Bay and to a super bowl victory that season. The price paid for that first and fourth round pick may well be a Lombardi trophy. Those are picks that can usually make a team better the following year. Instead those picks never saw the field.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 24, 2022 at 11:17 am

Gutes decision caused Rodgers to ramp up his game winning two MVP's, which allowed GB to win 13 regular games in back to back seasons. All you have to do is research to see Rodgers was very average statistic wise for several seasons prior to the 2020 draft. The decision to draft Love vs other players highly unlikely to deliver the same success. As an added bonus....the final chapter on Love hasn't been written. One way or another he will impact the GBP's whether via his play, or trade value. I think the drafting of Love was a brilliant move.

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