Aaron Nagler speaks with Ryan Wood about the Packers' need to find an edge rusher to boost their pass defense. (April 23, 2018) USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Welcome to your draft week Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a cup of coffee (or brew some tea, if that’s your thing) and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers as they head into the home stretch prior to the start of this year’s NFL draft.
We’ll start with Ryan Wood’s look at the outside linebacker position for our continuing draft series previewing each position on the team.
A year ago, as opponents around the NFL were stocking up on edge rushers, the Green Bay Packers stayed patient.
Despite a glaring need, they didn’t draft an edge rusher until the first pick on the third day. Vince Biegel, the 108th overall pick and fourth selection by the Packers, missed half his rookie season recovering from foot surgery. He didn’t record a single sack, far from the edge-rushing production the Packers needed from the draft.
Meanwhile, much of the league was not so patient. Seven edge rushers were drafted in the first round, including two of the top three picks. It was the start of what became a trend.
“I think the edge-rushing class is down this year,” NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “I thought it was up last year. I think there were 17 edge rushers taken a year ago. There’s an average of 11. I think people saw this coming a little bit and went heavy on the edge rushers last year.”
Everyone, perhaps, except the Packers.
Ryan also looked at the defensive line:
Tom Silverstein looks at the inside linebacker spot:
Pete Dougherty looks at potential game changers:
Rich Ryman writes on Gold Package ticket holders being happy:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live:
USA TODAY has some draft sleepers for you:
Here’s everything you need to get ready for this year’s draft:
Elsewhere, Justis Mosqueda takes a deep dive into what the Packers draft board may look like:
The Bucks announced that Aaron Rodgers is now a member of ownership:
Good Morning Football is excited about Packers vs Patriots:
Rob Reischel ranks the Packers last 25 first round picks:
Jack Wepfer makes the case for and against Calvin Ridley:
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was on hand for Alabama’s annual A-Day:
Blake Martinez has been doing regular giveaways on his Twitch channel:
Evan Western has a look at potential wide receiver fits over at ACME Packing Company:
Tom Grossi has a seven round Packers mock draft for you: