Packers Morning Buzz: Gutekunst ready for his first draft
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We’ll start with Tom Silverstein’s look at Brian Gutekunst’s first draft.
Gutekunst has an established head coach, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a good stable of pass catchers, the prospect of a solid running game and stable offensive line and a new proven defensive coordinator. If he strikes gold in this draft, his franchise could be back in the running in the NFC after a disappointing 7-9 season.
Given it has been eight seasons since the Packers last won a Super Bowl, there really is a lot riding on Gutekunst’s first draft. Not only will this draft influence the 2018 season but it also could determine Gutekunst’s future.
“All your drafts are important, but it’s about establishing the direction you’re going to take,” said an NFL personnel executive who has served as a general manager. “First you look at the organization, the Green Bay Packers. They’re a stable franchise and you want to continue that.
“Then you have to go about it your way and trust the people you have around you to evaluate talent. It comes down to evaluation and listening. You’re the No. 1 person now and you have to sort through everything.”
Or as one former general manager said, “Don’t do anything stupid.”
Tom joined Michael Cohen for a new Packers podcast to preview the draft:
Michael wrote on Gutekunst’s right-hand man:
Will the Packers finally move on from Brett Goode?
We have a one-stop shop for Packers fans to get ready for the draft:
Hall of Fame guard Jerry Kramer will announce the Packers' second-round draft pick Friday:
Gary D’Amato looks at the best Packers draft picks throughout their history:
There’s plenty of great draft content around the web:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde writes on the team’s worst draft busts:
Rob Demovsky spoke to several former Packers executives about the job Gutekunst is walking into:
Elisha Twerski writes that the Packers are on the right path:
Davon House came back for a few reasons:
Lombardi Ave. has some burning questions:
The Power Sweep looks at what the Packers could do on Thursday night:
The Packers have a tough schedule:
They’re excited about Rodgers vs Brady across the pond:
Will Rodgers finish his career in Green Bay?
Bill Huber writes on Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson:
ACME Packing Company looks at the draft through the lens of the NFC North:
Tom Grossi looks at the best Packers players throughout history:
Aaron Rodgers was on hand for a Red Cross event last night: