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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column looking at the possibilities surrounding the Packers taking a chance and trading up in the first round in next month’s draft.
While backpedaling sounds good in theory — who couldn’t use an extra pick in the second or third round? — Gutekunst will need a very good reason to move back more than a spot or two. The Packers might not pick this high again until Rodgers retires.
As for moving up, it’s not cheap, and even if Gutekunst is active in free agency, he needs to re-stock his roster with young talent, too. He has 12 picks to work with, though none of the extras is above a fourth-rounder.
There’s plenty of wiggle room in draft-day trades, but here’s the gist of the cost of moving up, going by the old Jimmy Johnson trade chart and recent draft history: For the cost of a fourth-rounder the Packers probably can move up two spots; for a third-rounder, they can get just into the top 10; and for a second-rounder, they probably can get just outside the top five.
Dallas was the last team to trade up from No. 14. In 2012, the Cowboys gave up a second rounder (No. 45 overall) to move up to No. 6. The Packers’ second-rounder is also No. 45. That gives you an idea. Then again, Tennessee had to spend a third-rounder and a future second-rounder to move from No. 15 to No. 8 in 2016. So it depends on finding a trade partner. The jockeying for the top four quarterbacks also could drive up the price to draft that high.
As for getting into the top five, it almost surely will cost a future first-rounder.
I chatted with readers late Wednesday afternoon:
Packers fans can try to get their image on a game-day ticket in 2018:
Nate Davis has the Packers taking an edge rusher in his latest draft:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on Gutekunst’s responsibility to find the next franchise quarterback in Green Bay:
Jason Wilde wonders where the money is coming from if the Packers are going to be active in free agency:
Good look at Muhammad Wilkerson at the height of his game:
If you want to take a Packers-centric deep dive into the draft, this is for you:
Smart stuff on the Power Sweep’s latest podcast:
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Duke Dawson is a big Nick Collins fan:
How much cap space do the Packers have? Bill Huber has you covered:
Be sure to check Bob McGinn’s site for some great in-depth stuff on his Top 60 draft prospects:
Jerry Kramer has chosen his presenter for his Hall of Fame induction:
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