Morning Buzz: Packers want to be in on everything
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the offensive talent expected to go at the top of the draft pushing down defensive talent to the Packers in April.
Quarterbacks Sam Darnold (USC), Josh Rosen (UCLA), Josh Allen (Wyoming) and Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) all figure to be drafted before the Packers are on the clock, pushing down other enticing, non-quarterback prospects. Factor in Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson, an offensive tackle or two, and perhaps Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley — players who could be taken before No. 14 — and the Packers have an outside shot at grabbing a top-five defensive player in the draft.
Even if the Browns trade out of the top spot, the team they swap picks with would be almost certain to draft a quarterback.
“Whenever an area or a position group is strong,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said, “that’s beneficial. Everyone talks about if you don’t have to take a quarterback at the top of the draft — if it’s a strong group — to have as many of those go before you pick is always positive.”
Historically, the No. 14 pick can yield big-time talents. Just last year, the Philadelphia Eagles used their 14th overall pick to draft Derek Barnett, who had five sacks as a rookie and recovered Tom Brady’s game-changing fumble in Super Bowl LII. Barnett gave Philadelphia the kind of depth the Packers desperately need with their edge rush.
Michael and Tom are back with the latest Packers Podcast:
Tom writes on the Packers' possible interest in Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson:
The Packers won’t be changing their scouting approach:
John Dorsey spoke about bringing Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith on board in Cleveland:
Pete held a chat with readers Thursday. Tons of great stuff to dig into:
I also chatted with readers via Facebook Live:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on Ty Montgomery’s availability, or lack thereof:
Good look at the Packers' track record of drafting o-linemen late:
Lombardi Ave. makes the case for LeRoy Butler:
Colin Cowherd is saying things about Aaron Rodgers again:
Andrew Herman isn’t on board with the “aggressive” chorus out of Green Bay:
ACME Packing Company has some video from Thursday in Indy:
Packers Wire says not to dismiss the idea of the Packers drafting a running back:
With combine workouts starting today, this is a great primer if you’re interested in such things:
Bit of a throwback here: