Packers Morning Buzz: Still work to be done at cornerback
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We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column, which looks at the work still to be done to improve the Packers' pass rush.
So where else can the Packers look to get closer to the dominant rush they keep saying they aspire to?
There’s always the possibility, however long a shot, of a trade. The New York Giants this week unexpectedly shipped Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for a third-round draft pick and a flip-flop of fourth rounders. It’s a little surprising the Packers didn’t get in on that, though Pierre-Paul will cost $12.5 million this year and $14.5 million in 2019.
There’s also the draft, which is the most likely option. I’m still guessing Gutekunst uses multiple picks on outside rushers, including either a first- or second-rounder. The most coveted rusher in this draft is North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb, who might be a top-five pick and probably won’t make it out of the top six or seven. He’d require a trade up from the Packers’ spot at No. 14.
There’s also Texas-Antonio’s raw Marcus Davenport, a likely mid-first-round pick. Or maybe the Packers see Boston College’s Harold Landry as a top-15 player — he led the nation in sacks (16½) two years ago — though his lack of length (6-foot-2⅜) concerns some scouts.
“We will always be a draft-and-develop team as long as we’re here because that’s the lifeblood of how we build our team,” Gutekunst said from the owners meeting Tuesday. “You saw instances last year, New Orleans was one, where (rookies) came in and had an immediate impact for their club. We’ll look to do the same this year. We have a significant amount of picks (six) in the first 138, so we’re going to try to make those count.”
Michael Cohen writes on the Packers' activity in free agency at the cornerback position:
Michael also takes a look at the genesis of the Damarious Randall trade after hearing from Brian Gutekunst:
Mike McCarthy gave updates on a number of injured Packers players:
The NFL changed its catch rule:
I spoke with readers via Facebook Live late Tuesday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Zach Kruse looks at the Packers' options at right guard:
Rob Demovsky looks at the areas where the Packers need work:
Peter Bukowski serves up an indictment of Ted Thompson and Dom Capers:
Jordy Nelson joined NFL Network to talk about his offseason:
Jason Wilde looks at McCarthy's offseason approach to the playbook:
Ryan Brunner looks at the second wave of free agency:
The Chicago Bears' new head coach was asked how he planned on beating Aaron Rodgers:
There’s at least one Bears player who grew up as a big-time Packers fan:
Cleveland.com gives some thoughts on the Packers' newest quarterback:
Aaron Rodgers was in attendance at the Clippers game last evening:
Some NFL players are not thrilled with the league’s new targeting rule: