Packers Morning Buzz: Rashan Gary one of 'most questionable' picks

Stu Courtney
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Michigan's Rashan Gary defends against Rutgers last November.

We'll start of course with the aftermath of Day 1 of the NFL draft. The Packers already are taking some heat for their pick of Michigan's Rashan Gary at No. 12. Lorenzo Reyes of USA Today lists Gary as one of the draft's five most questionable picks.

Reyes writes:

This is one of those draft picks that was made more because of potential than production or need. Gary has that size-speed-strength trinity general managers always seek. And eventually, he could blossom into a dangerous pass rusher. But for that to happen, he’ll need to refine his techniques to beat offensive linemen in the NFL. The good news is that Green Bay signed Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency, so there’s no real urgency for Gary to step in and produce right away. But for a team with quite a few holes, No. 12 may have been a bit early for a project.

You can read about the rest of Reyes' most-questionable picks here:

Gregg Rosenthal of ranks first-round "winners and losers" and puts Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in the plus category:

Mike Pettine, Packers defensive coordinator: GM Brian Gutekunst just can't stop building up the Green Bay defense. He piled up picks for Pettine during last year's draft, spent huge money to sign three starters in free agency, including two high-priced pass rushers (Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith), and then drafted another edge defender in Michigan's Rashan Gary with the No. 12 overall pick. (Just don't tell's Gil Brandt it was a smart pick.)

Here is the Brandt tweet Rosenthal referenced, and a link to the article:

JR Radcliffe rounds up what other national writers are saying about the Packers' picks:

Pete Dougherty writes about all the Packers have done to revamp their defense:

Everything you need to know about first pick Rashan Gary:

And the lowdown on Darnell Savage Jr.:

Ryan Wood writes about how Brian Gutekunst proved that gambling is part of his draft DNA:

Our Packers Draft Tracker provides a capsule look at each pick:

Gary gets high praise from a talented former Michigan teammate:

Some Packers fans were perplexed by the picks:

Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal likes the Packers' approach but wonders about the results:

Pro Football Focus digs into the numbers on the Packers' picks:

Savage's stock was rising:

Savage has a reputation as a playmaker:

The Packers will be seeing a lot of this guy in NFC North clashes:

Giants GM cites "the Green Bay model" to justify surprise quarterback pick:

Former Packers receiver Randall Cobb made it clear he wanted to play with Cowboys quarterback Randall Cobb:

Here's another look at the best of what's left:

The Packers still retain large percentage of their draft picks despite 2015 wipeout:

And finally: Just because the first round is over doesn't mean we're done with mock drafts:


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