Packers Morning Buzz: Gutekunst can make his mark tonight
Welcome to your draft-day Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column looking at the possibilities of how things could play out tonight.
Predicting drafts always has a crapshoot element to it, but this year especially so with the Packers because they have a new man running their draft. Gutekunst has no history as a decision maker, so there are no tendencies to guess on whether he’s more likely to trade up, trade back or sit and pick at No. 14.
If he’s willing to trade up a few spots – a fourth-rounder to move up maybe two spots, or a third-rounder to move up three or four – the most likely target very well could be Edmunds. At Virginia Tech, Edmunds played mostly inside linebacker, but he occasionally rushed from the outside as well. His combination of size (6-4 ½) and speed (4.53-second 40) suggest that he’d fit well in new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme as a player who could line up almost anywhere on any down.
Whether Edmunds even makes it to the 10th pick is a big question though, because the San Francisco 49ers at No. 9 appear to be a likely destination if Smith already is off the board. But who knows what trades might happen, and how they might affect who’s taken when?
If for some reason Edmunds still is available at 10 or 11, it could give Gutekunst pause.
Tom Silverstein wrote on the uncertainty surrounding the first round:
We all gave our predictions on who the Packers will select tonight:
There is buzz the Packers will try to move up tonight:
I put out my mock draft:
I also chatted with readers via Facebook Live about the Packers possibly moving up in the first round:
Elsewhere, the crew at Cover 2 invited me on to talk some Packers:
Jason Wilde writes on Badgers linebacker Jack Cichy:
Aaron Rodgers is keeping busy:
Zach Kruse looks at 5 different draft scenarios:
Ian Rapoport looks at the possibility the Packers trade up:
Pretty fun Packers mock draft here:
Larry McCarren talks about expected contributions from last year’s class:
LeRoy Butler wants the Packers to protect Aaron Rodgers with their first pick:
Cheesehead TV is having a live online draft party tonight with tons of knowledgeable voices:
Green Bay Packer Nation talks trades:
This never gets old:
Finally, this isn’t strictly Packers related, but Baker Mayfield put out one of the greatest tweets of all time last night: