Morning Buzz: Allen Robinson's decision came down to Bears and Packers
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We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s latest on general manager Brian Gutekunst as he prepares for April’s draft.
As the first wave of free agency bled into the second, personnel men from all 32 NFL teams began their rounds to absorb pro days at colleges and universities across the country last week. Their annual migration has become a digital footprint on Twitter as reporters track which teams showed up where and with what percentage of the scouting department in tow. The greater the flock, the greater the interest — at least theoretically.
When it comes to the Green Bay Packers, who hold the 14th overall pick in next month’s draft, the itinerary for general manager Brian Gutekunst was an easy target for fans interested in extrapolation. Beginning March 20, a curation of tweets placed Gutekunst at pro days for Florida State, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Georgia in the span of a week, all schools that have at least one elite prospect on the defensive side of the ball.
Gutekunst and his staff can utilize pro days as an opportunity to speak with players in an informal setting and monitor their movements in person rather than via cutups on a laptop or television. They can double back through the school to retrace their character evaluations of players known to carry baggage. And they can monitor the interactions, or lack thereof, between a player and his college teammates.
Effectively straddling the line between draft preparation and roster maintenance is among Gutekunst’s most challenging and crucial responsibilities. As Gutekunst hustled from city to city and state to state, the business of football continued churning in Green Bay, regardless of whether the GM could zip back to Wisconsin between trips.
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Tom Silverstein writes on Aaron Rodgers' contract situation:
Tramon Williams should be a quality addition on and off the field:
The Packers are set to visit with a former Saints cornerback:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live late Friday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Allen Robinson’s decision in free agency reportedly came down to the Packers and the Bears:
Jordy Nelson bid Green Bay Packers fans adieu:
Emory Hunt tackles the Packers in his latest mock draft:
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Kenny Mayne has a message for Aaron Rodgers:
Tramon Williams appears happy to be back:
Chris Peterson says a Jordan Matthews signing would make sense:
Brad Biggs looks at a pending Rodgers deal through a Chicago lens:
Pack Attack breaks down the latest offseason moves:
Some Packers fans are pining for Denzel Ward in the draft:
The Packers are doing their due diligence on at least one speedy corner in the draft:
Dave Robinson met Packers fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame over the weekend:
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