Packers Morning Buzz: How Green Bay could trade down again for extra draft picks
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Most NFL mock drafts only project the first-round picks, and they don't factor in the likelihood of draft-day trades. Luke Easterling of The Draft Wire this week released the latest version of his four-round mock draft, which features four projected trades within the first 10 picks.
Easterling also envisions Packers general manager Brain Gutekunst moving down in the first round for the second straight year to gain more picks. Easterling has Washington moving up into the Packers' No. 12 slot to draft Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. He then has Green Bay moving down even further, sending Washington's No. 15 slot to Houston, which enables the Texans to take Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor.
When the Packers finally make a selection (in Houston's No. 23 slot), Easterling has them taking Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns, with this comment:
After moving back twice and picking up extra selections, the Packers still end up with a fantastic scenario where they land a top prospect at one of their biggest needs. Burns could use a few more pounds of solid bulk on his massive frame, but his combination of athleticism, explosiveness and technique should make him an instant success.
With their No. 30 pick in this mock draft, the Packers land Iowa tight end Noah Fant:
After filling one of their biggest needs on defense earlier in the first round, the Packers use their additional selection to get Aaron Rodgers a dynamic weapon. Fant has the size and athleticism to create serious matchup problems for opposing defenses, making him the perfect successor to Jimmy Graham.
In the second round, the Packers are projected to take Michigan linebacker Devin Bush with their pick at No. 44 and Iowa safety Amani Hooker with the No. 55 pick acquired from Houston.
In the third round, Easterling has the Packers taking Wisconsin offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel with their pick at No. 75 and Alabama defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs with Washington's No. 76 pick.
And in the fourth round, he foresees the Packers taking Massachusetts wide receiver Andy Isabella with their No. 107 pick and Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill with Washington's No. 111 pick.
Easterling also projects the Packers likely acquiring a Day 2 pick in the 2020 draft as part of their deal with Houston. You can peruse the entire four-round mock draft here:
Ryan Wood writes about Mike Pettine's eagerness to work with new Packers coach Matt LaFleur and the expectations for his defense in Year 2:
Yes, new Packers coach Matt LaFleur has a Twitter account:
Packers receiver Davante Adams seems skeptical about the chances of Antonio Brown joining the Packers:
Jordy Nelson defends Aaron Rodgers against criticism from former teammates, per Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal:
Peter Bukowski of Acme Packing Co. looks at the best way for the Packers to maximize their talent to win in 2019:
Does it make sense that Rodgers got a higher grade than Adams?
And on defense, it's a stunner to see Tyler Lancaster with the second-highest grade:
Former Packers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher wants the Packers to pursue Vikings free-agent linebacker Anthony Barr, who broke Rodgers' collarbone with a tackle in 2017:
And finally: Expect plenty of grumbling when the Packers announce a price increase after two straight seasons of missing the playoffs: