Morning Buzz: Packers can still make moves
Welcome to your 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 Michael Cohen’s look at the Packers' decision to draft punter JK Scott.
When Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst justified the selection of punter JK Scott by describing the Alabama product as “rare” — a highly complimentary word in the world of scouting — he was also stepping out on a limb relative to the rest of the league.
One hundred seventy-one players had come and gone before the Packers snagged Scott in the latter stages of the fifth round, including another punter more than 20 picks prior. The Seattle Seahawks were the first team to select a punter in this year’s draft, and general manager John Schneider chose Michael Dickson from Texas.
After that, 17 teams had a chance to draft Scott before the Packers were on the clock with the 172nd overall pick, and all 17 passed. If other general managers agreed with the ascription of rareness, Gutekunst’s belief in Scott was still rarer than most.
“I think obviously in our opinion, one of the best ones — if not the best one — in college, and a guy that you feel good about his skill set,” college scout Matt Malaspina said.
The Packers have only two unsigned draft picks remaining after they announced the signing of Jaire Alexander:
I gave some thoughts on why Dez Bryant would be a good fit in Green Bay:
Rich Ryman wrote on the Packers' newest corporate sponsorship:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon:
The playgrounds in the Titletown District are back open:
Elsewhere, in light of the Dez Bryant conversation, Terez Paylor looks around the league for his likely landing spot. Green Bay doesn’t come in particularly high on the list:
NFL Network also reports the Packers had tepid interest prior to the draft, but that has cooled:
Skip Bayless has some thoughts on Dez to Green Bay:
Pack To the Future looks at some possible non-Dez moves the Packers could still make:
Emory Hunt grades the Packers' draft:
Cheesehead TV focuses on J’Mon Moore:
ACME Packing Company looks at the future of Trevor Davis:
The Power Sweep highlights the trade up to get Oren Burks:
ESPN Insiders think Jimmy Graham will have the biggest impact of any offseason acquisition:
Interesting note from PFF on a former Packers wide out:
Bill Huber looks at the Packers' schedule from two distinct viewpoints:
You can play some chess in the Titletown District later today: