Packers Morning Buzz: Cris Collinsworth projects Ed Oliver to Green Bay
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with NBC analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals receiver Cris Collinsworth unveiling his annual mock draft for Pro Football Focus. Packers fans should be pleased to see who he has falling to Green Bay at No. 12, due to his expected run on quarterbacks early in the draft:
12. GREEN BAY PACKERS
DI Ed Oliver, Houston (Big Board Rank: 11)
I’m always tempted to think receiver for the Packers, but Oliver is just too good. He plays so hard, he will fit perfectly with Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels and their new pass-rushers. I think Oliver will get much better pass-rushing results with his elite quickness and effort, getting off the nose and playing more of a 3-technique in rush situations.
30. GREEN BAY PACKERS
S Darnell Savage, Maryland (Big Board Rank: 28)
His speed at 4.36 gives the Packers coverage options with a safety on a slot receiver. He has a lot to learn, but his huge game against Ohio State showed he is capable of improving his coverage and tackling. Single-high safety option very valuable with that speed.
You can see Collinsworth's entire mock draft here:
Tom Oates agrees that a late rush to draft quarterbacks could help the Packers:
Our draft preview series rolls on with a look at secondary prospects:
Cynthia Frelund of NFL Network writes that the Packers have the potential to be "very disruptive" in the first round Thursday.
The Packers -- who own pick Nos. 12, 30 and 44 -- also have the potential to be very disruptive on Day 1. They have 10 total picks (as of now) and could go in a number of different directions after focusing primarily on their defense in free agency. Obviously, all picks don't result in perfect-fit players, but Green Bay has the most flexibility in the NFC North (especially considering the Bears' first pick is at No. 87), so I expect we see the Pack trade out of at least one of the aforementioned picks.
You can read the entire column here:
Packers offensive lineman Cole Madison talks for the first time publicly about taking a year off from football:
New coach Matt LaFleur has brought a brighter look to Lambeau Field:
Wisconsin-born players will be hoping to get the call this week:
The Saints remain high on Marcus Davenport, the pass rusher the Packers passed on when they traded down in last year's first round:
More big news from the Titletown District:
Looks like Robbie Gould could wind up back with the Bears:
A nice tribute to former Packers running back and 49ers scout Reggie Cobb, who died Saturday:
And finally: Former Packers receiver James Jones dons the rose-colored glasses in making his Packers season predictions:
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