Morning Buzz: Past drafts need to come through
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, or brew some English breakfast tea if that’s your thing, and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start with Tom Silverstein’s look at the beginning of the Packers offseason program and the need for Ted Thompson’s last two drafts to play a big role in improving the team.
It’s logical to wonder how all the comings and goings of the Green Bay Packers’ offseason will affect the performance of the team in 2017, but to really get to the nuts and bolts of what coach Mike McCarthy will have to work with this fall, it’s better to focus on the familiar.
As the Packers begin the first day of their nine-week offseason workout program Tuesday, their chances to go beyond the NFC championship game rest mostly on how well the remaining pieces of general manager Ted Thompson’s 2015 and ’16 draft classes progress.
And whether they can stay healthy.
I spoke with Tom briefly about his piece and about what to expect as the Packers begin their offseason workouts:
Ryan Wood continues his NFL draft data series with a look at Thompson’s successes and struggles in building a roster around two different franchise quarterbacks.
Elsewhere, ACME Packing Company has a running list of all the reported pre-draft visits the Packers have had with prospects.
While most coverage of the draft centers around the first round, Cheesehead TV looks at how the fifth round can add important depth to the Packers roster:
The Power Sweep calls the Packers' defense a bunch of nerds. Kind of.
The Packers leave no stone unturned while looking for talent:
Jacob Ober looks at how Ty Montgomery can become an integral part of the Packers' offense:
Could the Packers look to Forrest Lamp to fill the hole left by the departure of T.J. Lang?
While it remains a long shot, some folks keep pushing for the draft to be held in Green Bay:
It’s an annual tradition, Packers fans pining for Wisconsin Badgers to be drafted into the Green and Gold:
Josh Norris has the Packers taking a cornerback in his latest mock:
Here are some of the most overlooked players in the 2017 draft: