Packers Morning Buzz: Better to draft a quarterback before you need one?
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
New Packers coach Matt LaFleur keeps shedding holdover assistant coaches who were involved with Mike McCarthy's offense, with tight ends coach Brian Angelichio among the latest to be moving on. Special teams coach is one of several spots that remain unfilled on LaFleur's staff.
We'll start with Pete Dougherty's column in which he talks to Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst about when the team might consider drafting an eventual successor to Aaron Rodgers.
One of the truest NFL aphorisms is that the hardest time to find a quarterback is when you need one. So when should the Packers start looking for real?
You never know who might be available when they pick at No. 12, and you don’t have to go very far back to find good quarterbacks selected in that vicinity. This year’s likely MVP, Patrick Mahomes, was taken at No. 10 in 2017, and Houston’s promising DeShaun Watson went two picks later.
It still strikes me as early for the Packers to draft a quarterback in the first round (they also have pick No. 30). I’m thinking Gutekunst very much wants to use those picks on players who can help Rodgers win in the next couple years.
But what if Oklahoma’s undersized Kyler Murray is available in the draft, and the Packers think he’ll be a special player? What if he’s there late in the first round, or he or another quarterback they think highly of is there at 12?
You can read more about the Packers' quarterback questions here:
Here's a mock draft that has the Packers trading down from No. 12 to No. 15 to allow Washington to move up and draft Murray. So what would the Packers get at No. 15 and No. 30?
If the Packers did consider drafting a quarterback this year, who else might be a potential prospect?
It's time for Packers fans to start becoming more familiar with all the likely top draft picks:
Tom Silverstein has news of a Packers front-office hire and a new candidate for special teams coach:
The Lions, who like the Packers were thought to be interested in special teams coach Darren Rizzi, wound up hiring someone who once filled that role in Green Bay:
And another former Packers coordinator returns to the NFL:
A former Packers offensive lineman gets a shot with the Broncos:
Packers linebacker Clay Matthews pays tribute to first responders in a new commercial:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about the growing confidence of Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling:
The Bears no doubt have no second thoughts about trading their top 2019 draft pick to Oakland:
And finally ... Do the Packers even belong in this conversation?