Packers Morning Buzz: Poor decisions plentiful in dismal 2017 draft

Stu Courtney
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Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

We'll start with Rob Reischel putting the Packers' 2017 draft class under the microscope for ForbesSports. Although much has been written about the Packers' poor 2015 draft class (no members of which remain in Green Bay after linebacker Jake Ryan's free-agency signing with Jacksonville), Reischel tracks how former general manager Ted Thompson swung and missed badly in his final draft two years later.

Reischel writes:

Kevin King over T.J. Watt.

Josh Jones instead of JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Montravius Adams over Kenny Golladay.

Vince Biegel instead of, well, just about anybody.

These are the types of costly decisions that make or break drafts, define legacies and can lead to either extensions or pink slips.

During the 2017 NFL Draft, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson should have pulled a George Costanza, and done the opposite with almost every one of his draft picks.

Thompson, who was reassigned after the 2017 season, missed badly with his first four picks that year. And if Thompson hadn’t found running backs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams on the third day, his entire draft would have been a bust.

You can read Reischel's entire story here:

The versatility of newly acquired Za'Darius and Preston Smith and rookie Rashan Gary is giving Packers defensive coaches plenty of options:

How will newly acquired safeties Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage fit together? Amos explains:

The Packers still are mulling when to bid to host the NFL draft:

Tom Oates writes about how young receivers must step up for the Packers:

Good news for NFL TV viewers: No more two-game limit on Sunday afternoons:

After spending his first 10 seasons in Green Bay, former Packers linebacker Clay Matthews feels like he’s starting over:

Former Packers receiver Randall Cobb is experiencing culture shock with Cowboys:

It's not enough that the Browns are manning their safety position with former Packers Morgan Burnett and Damarious Randall. Now Jermaine Whitehead, who was abruptly released by Green Bay midway through last season, is looking like a good pickup:

And remember, Aaron Rodgers did all this while playing with a leg fracture:

And here's a stat that goes hand-in-hand with Rodgers':

Former Packers cornerback Charles Woodson will be among the 2019 inductees to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame:

And finally: Davante Adams is seeking your support for a worthy cause:

Contact Stu Courtney at (920) 431-8377 or Follow him on Twitter at @stucourt

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