Morning Buzz: Searching past drafts for clues
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers and the NFL 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.
With the Packers holding the 29th pick in the NFL draft in just under three weeks time, we’ll start with Rob Reischel’s look back at the history of that pick over the last 20 years.
It’s been 14 years since the Green Bay Packers held the 29th overall pick in the NFL draft.
That year, Mike Sherman made one of his finest picks as Green Bay’s general manager and selected linebacker Nick Barnett. During Barnett’s eight seasons in Green Bay, he led the Packers in tackles five times and ranks third in team history with 1,014 total tackles.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson would be doing extremely well to find a player as impactful as Barnett.
Over the last 20 years, Packer Plus gives just five players taken at No. 29 an “elite” grade. Barnett is one of those.
In Ryan Wood’s notebook, he has praise from a former Packers kicker for the current one, as well as a quick look at Ricky Jean Francois’ fit along the defensive line.
I collected a bunch of Packers picks from various mock drafts around the Internet.
I also chatted with readers over on our Facebook page late Thursday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Cliff Christl has an outstanding look back at the times the franchise did not enjoy the string of superlative quarterback play they are currently experiencing:
Packer Talk has their Top 200 players available for fans to follow along with during the draft:
Over at Cheesehead TV, Jason Perone wonders what home-field advantage really means for the Packers:
Packers fans love posting highlights throughout the offseason:
Packers linebacker Jayrone Elliott will appear at PackerPalooza in Chicago on April 29:
The Power Sweep takes a deep dive on the trading-for-Richard-Sherman idea:
Astute point made by Andrew Hanlon over at Lombardi Ave.
ACME Packing Company has a good look at how free-agent guard Jahri Evans would fit in Green Bay:
I had a good time on the Barstool Green Bay podcast late Thursday night:
Finally, I posted this in my mock-draft roundup, but wanted to share it here as well. Emory does great work: