Aaron Nagler speaks with Michael Cohen about what the Packers' personnel staff is looking for from prospects after Day 1 of Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Alabama. (Jan. 23, 2018)
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s first dispatch from Mobile, Ala., where he is attending the Senior Bowl all week long. Today, Michael gives us the latest on Brian Gutekunst and his staff.
Gutekunst brought virtually the entire personnel department to the Senior Bowl for what is an important step in the evaluation of college prospects. Nearly all of his college scouts were seen at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday (Alonzo Dotson, Joe Hueber, Matt Malaspina, Mike Owen, Charlie Peprah, Charles Walls), plus three pro scouts (Chad Brinker, Richmond Williams, Luke Benuska) and several other important figures, with executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball among them.
Thompson, however, did not make the trip to Mobile.
“He will be at the combine but he’s not here this week,” Gutekunst said.
In the absence of Wolf and Highsmith, who served as director of football operations and senior personnel executive, respectively, it appears Gutekunst is going to lean heavily on director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan during the pre-draft process. Sullivan has spent the last 14 years with the Packers and assumed his title on June 16, 2016, following stints as an area scout for the Central Plains region (2008-11) and the Southeast region (2012-15). He broke into the franchise in 2004 as a member of the football operations department.
Tom Silverstein writes on the changes to Mike McCarthy’s coaching staff:
I talked some draft and Packers with readers last night via Facebook Live:
The Special Olympics will be holding an event at Lambeau:
The Packers continue to grow on the business side:
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The Power Sweep looks at the draft:
Cheesehead TV counts the trophies:
The Packers Wire has notes from the Senior Bowl:
As does ACME Packing Company:
Bill Huber continues to look back at last season’s draft: