Jim Owczarski, Olivia Reiner and Ryan Wood take a step back and examine the needs addressed in the Packers' 2019 NFL Draft. Olivia Reiner, PackersNews
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
For those already suffering from 2019 NFL draft withdrawal, we'll start with a ridiculously early, just-for-fun 2020 mock draft. The MMQB's Eric Single has the Packers drafting in the No. 24 spot and fortifying the offensive line:
24. Green Bay Packers: Liam Eichenberg, OL, Notre Dame
Eichenberg had big shoes to fill in his first season as a starter, but he did a perfectly fine Mike McGlinchey impersonation at left tackle for the playoff-bound Irish. A solid follow-up campaign could push him even higher than this.
You can check out his entire, quarterback-laden 2020 mock draft here:
The MMQB's Albert Breer talks about why Mike Pettine wanted Darnell Savage in his 10 post-draft thoughts:
The Packers’ deal up from 21 to 30 for S Darnell Savage in the first round turned some heads, mainly because it was unclear who they were concerned about taking him. The Ravens (then at 22) just signed Earl Thomas, the Texans (at 23) were always taking a tackle, and the Raiders’ affection (at 24) for Josh Jacobs was no secret.
But here’s the thing: Savage was more highly thought of in league circles than most thought. Add that to the fact that defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is known for being particular about players—he has a smaller, more refined list in who he wants—and you can understand GM Brian Gutekunst’s aggression. So what’s Savage as a player? One veteran evaluator I talked to Monday saw him as a Rodney McLeod or Antoine Bethea type of player, a free safety with the ability to play nickel corner, too, which is pretty valuable in today’s NFL.
You can read Breer's entire piece here:
After another defense-heavy draft, the Packers clearly are counting on new head coach Matt LaFleur to bring improvement to the offense, writes Jim Owczarski:
Former general manager Ted Thompson will be inducted Saturday into the Packers Hall of Fame:
Rob Reischel writes about the Packers' revamped defense for Forbes.com:
Did Rashan Gary envision playing with Aaron Rodgers?
The Vikings' draft was big on quantity (12 picks); quality to be determined:
Richard Ryman answers questions about the Packers' off-the-field action:
And finally, a quick review of the rest of the Packers' offseason program:
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