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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 275 - Packers Select Rashan Gary & Darnell Savage

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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 275 - Packers Select Rashan Gary & Darnell Savage

The first round of the draft has come and gone and Andrew Mertig and Kyle Fellows have you covered as they review the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, discuss the Green Bay Packers' two first round selections, Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage, and breakdown options for the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

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Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and appears weekly on 107.5 The Fan in Green Bay to breakdown film. This past season he was an analyst on Green Bay Nation on WFRV TV in Green Bay. Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder; follow him on Twitter at @sconniesports.

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NitschkeFan's picture

The Athletic had an article a few days before the draft where they built a “consensus” big board by amalgamating the rankings of 45 different boards published by “third-party scouting organizations like The Draft Network, big media groups like ESPN and NFL Network, experts like The Athletic’s Dane Brugler and independent blogs, like NFL Rough Draft”.

Gary was ranked 15th by this consensus, so hardly a big reach for the Packers at #12. He was the top rated 5-technique DL.

Savage was ranked 45th, so going up to #21 does seem like a big reach by this ranking. He was the 6th ranked Safety on that consensus big board.

mnklitzke's picture

CHTV Draft guide had him going #6 to the NYG so he fell to us!!

Doug Niemczynski's picture

13th Pick !!!

Dolphins

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
This is my favorite pick of the entire draft so far. Love this pick. I think this kid is going to be a star. I was all over Grady Jarrett when he was picked and I think Wilkins could be even better. This is a good building block for Brian Flores and his staff. Grade: A+

Doug Niemczynski's picture

The Packers regret not taking TJ Watt and now they will regret not taking C. Wilkins. A fool with his draft picks will soon part.

You blew it Gute. Guess you will have made your money when you leave the Packers.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Big difference between #12 and #15 when talking about a player in the 1st round as opposed to 4th or 5th round player.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

Daniels, Clark, Wilkins.

Could've been.

sherrmann1806's picture

could not agree more!! in fact...both wilkins and Dexter lawrence have the making of becoming major stars! multiple probowlers for years to come!!

whats more....if u look at either of these guys tape....IT SCREAMS EXPLOSIVENESS!! Once again....Gudenkunst passes up great prospects and future great elite players in this league in order to get someone that he happened to target and like, regardless of who would be available!!

Im not saying that Gary will be a bust but.......he will not be an elite multiple probowler type!

If in three years from now..Gary is completely owning and dominating this league...then i will heartily and humbly apologize!!

Old School's picture

Gutekunst has been driving the van for 16 months now. Some of his milestones include:

1) Extending the QB, Aaron Rodgers, for several years when he still had two years remaining. A commitment to Rodgers by Gutekunst.

2) Signed Jimmy Graham as a FA.

3) Remodeled the receiving corps, starting with Jordy and now Cobb. Four rookies last year. Along with Allison and Adams, that should be about it for this year.

4) Shrewdly, in his first draft, got an extra #1 pick for trading down, which he then used to move up to take Savage @21 a year later.

I think Gutekunst has accomplished a lot, but we've missed the playoffs two straight years and if we don't make it this year, it's Gutekunst Bacon on the line.

Trading those two picks to move up for a guy you might not have had to.....that's a gamble. Savage needs to pay dividends early and often. The edge rushers have some really high expectations placed on them, and we've spent a lot of money and draft capital there.

We're also a lot tighter against the cap than we've been in the past, and we have Daniels, Clark, Lowry and Martinez in the final year of their deals. It's going to be interesting to see how that works out.

And of course, if Aaron Rodgers can't play, we probably can't win, either, with his backups. So I think we could have a really good season and everybody will be happy, but I also see some things that can derail a season pretty quickly. But if we don't make the playoffs this year, there's going to be a lot of talk about what the hell is going on out there?

McFly's picture

High risk-high reward seems to be his M.O. thus far, we shall see if it pays off.

Clark actually has two hrs remaining, once his 5th yr option is officially exercised.

Doug Niemczynski's picture

If we had a good team I could maybe see high risk, but we still suck. Bad #12 pick

stockholder's picture

People are putting it on A-Rod. Hows that worked the last eight years?

Doug Niemczynski's picture

And Daniels could be gone next year, so again C.Wilkins should have been the pick

stockholder's picture

Correct! The saddest part is this. Many teams were rumored to go up and get Wilkins before he went to @12. Gute could have traded down. I said before the draft that Gute could take Gary if EVERYONE WAS GONE. Now, He'll have to spend money to make up for this mistake. The issue here is wasting draft positions and capitol. Look how Oliver was wanted. He didn't have the Guts, with so many holes. And he'll have even less next year. And the year after. The should of been pick could have given the packers enough to go to the super-bowl. Now it's on Luck and Timing.

albert999's picture

1st Round, No. 12 overall | Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

Analysis: Gary has potential and size, but not the tape or the health. His pre-draft medical screening revealed a torn labrum, but he will opt to not undergo shoulder surgery until after the season. That has not worked for guys in the past (see: Shaq Lawson).

Instant Grade: C-minus

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