Morning Buzz: Draft day is finally here
Welcome to your draft-day edition of the 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, or maybe you’re just not into caffeine. In that case, may I suggest a glass of orange juice? In any case, sit back and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We start with Bob McGinn’s mock draft and how he sees the landscape as the Packers prepare to make their first selection:
Maybe it will be on opening night. Or maybe it will be in the second round and third rounds Friday night.
No matter how you slice it, the Packers must come away with a No. 1 cornerback for the 2017 season.
There are no alternatives or excuses. For the Packers to win the Super Bowl, they need a massive upgrade at cornerback.
General manager Ted Thompson missed badly on two players, Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, with his opening choices two years ago. They should be top-notch starters now. The Packers have little choice but to make confidence-enhancing statements regarding the two players, but with Randall’s lack of competitiveness and Rollins’ lack of speed their careers could be over in a year or two.
You can find all of Bob's draft work here. It indexes all of the pieces of his draft series, along with his top 100 board.
If you're planning on watching the draft with a "second screen" you should be sure to follow along with our NFL draft tracker.
We also have a ready-made spot for you to find out all the latest on each Packers pick right after they're selected.
And if you'd like expert commentary from a Packers angle all throughout the draft, be sure to bookmark Tom Silverstein's live blog.
The Packers made a move for their offensive line Wednesday, signing former New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans. Silverstein has the goods.
I chatted with Pete Dougherty on Facebook Live and took questions from readers about the Packers and the draft:
On my latest podcast, I also took a look at the Packers' roster heading into the draft with Michael Cohen:
Elsewhere, Pro Football Focus seems to like the Evans signing:
Andy Phillips, who spent a few months with the Packers after being signed off of a tryout, has written an outstanding piece about his experience. It is very much worth your time.
Jayrone Elliott spoke with Dave Schroeder about going undrafted:
Pack To The Future has compiled a list of players the Packers should avoid drafting:
It’s become a bit of an annual tradition for people to tweet out the infamous picture of Brett Favre getting the call from the Falcons on the day he was drafted. It’s good to see he has a sense of humor about it:
This is outstanding work from Eric Edholm for Yahoo! Sports, looking at the roots of modern-day draft analysis.
Josh Norris has one final mock draft for you:
Justis Mosqueda’s detailed work on Ted Thompson’s draft tendencies is not to be missed:
The Power Sweep looks at the value, or lack thereof in Green Bay, of the inside linebacker position:
Though writing about the Cowboys, Rick Gosselin has what should be advice for the Packers as well: