Packers Morning Buzz: Why Brian Gutekunst should stay put with No. 12, No. 30 picks
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We'll start with Tom Silverstein's analysis of Brian Gutekunst's options with his two first-round draft picks. He notes that history suggests the Packers could get just as good a player by staying at No. 12 rather than packaging that pick with No. 30 to move up.
Holding the No. 30 pick could give Gutekunst an opportunity to move into the top five, which would afford him a chance to grab one of the top defensive talents.
But here’s the thing: Picking in to the top five doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a player better than at 6-10 or 10-15. It should, but it just doesn’t always turn out that way.
Using the data base on profootballreference.com, there have been seven top-five picks over the last 15 years who went on to be named first-team All-Pro multiple times. The list consists of Patrick Peterson, Eric Berry, Khalil Mack, Von Miller, Ndamukong Suh, Ezekiel Elliott, Joe Thomas and Calvin Johnson.
Surprisingly, there have been nearly as many players who went on to be named to multiple All-Pro teams in picks 6-through-10 (six) and more in picks 11-15 (eight). It drops off considerably from there.
The point is the No. 12 pick Gutekunst holds is worth keeping and using the No. 30 pick to move up may not be the wisest idea. Same with moving back. It worked last year because he got a No. 1 out of it and was confident he could move up and get one of his desired players.
You can read Tom's entire piece here:
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