Cory's Corner: Keep Bringing In Big Fellas

The Packers found the franchise quarterback. The second piece of the puzzle is to keep him upright. 

The biggest need for the Packers heading into next week’s NFL draft is easily the offensive line.

The biggest challenge is to find a franchise quarterback. Once you nail that position down, your best option is to protect him. And that’s where the Packers currently stand. 

Jordan Love proved that he’s the guy after throwing for 32 touchdowns and 11 picks this past year.

Which is why I love that Green Bay added Andre Dillard. It’s a low risk addition with a guy that had a 93 athleticism score in the 2019 NFL Draft. That’s why he was the 22nd overall pick by the Eagles. 

I get that the 28-year-0ld has struggled to find his niche in the NFL, but finding depth on the offensive line is very important — especially now that the NFL plays 17 games a year. 

Bring in as many offensive linemen and see what sticks. The Packers also have an ace in the hole. They have proven that they do an excellent job of developing the big fellas. That goes back to when the Packers took Adam Timmerman in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL Draft, Mark Tauscher in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft, Scott Wells in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Josh Sitton in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, David Bakhtiari in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Corey Linsley in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft and Zach Tom in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. 

That’s quite a list of guys that have been overlooked and cast aside. There weren’t many people that thought Bakhtiari was going to be one of the best left tackles in the game, but the Packers knew what they had and they molded him into a very special player. 

Why can’t the same thing be done with Dillard? He is coming to Green Bay with loads of talent. He should be coming to Green Bay plenty hungry. He should be ready to prove the folks in Philadelphia and Tennessee wrong. In four seasons, he only started 19 games with lackluster production. 

I love bringing in a veteran like that with plenty to prove and loads of talent to back it up. Obviously, the best reason is because it’s a very low risk situation for the Packers. Even if Dillard struggles, Green Bay isn’t going to be saddled with much. 

But if he can figure it out and offer depth and leadership at a position that is thirsting for it, that would be a welcome sign for a team that just wants to keep their quarterback upright. 

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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Guam's picture

April 20, 2024 at 07:27 am

I'm not sure they are bringing in Dillard to "develop" him. He will be in his sixth year and guys that far along in their NFL career pretty much are who they are going to be. He was a starter for Tennessee last year albeit not a good one. He should provide good depth as a swing tackle for the Packers this year, but I see him as a veteran reserve, not a guy to be developed into a starter.

With Dillard now on the team, I suspect the Packers will only keep one of Jones, Tenuta and Telfort on the 53 giving them two backup/special teams tackles provided they don't draft a rookie which is entirely possible. Jones has been on the 53 for two seasons, but has not played a single offensive snap. I believe this year will be "put up or shut up" time for him.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:41 am

Dillard has to make the roster. He’s going to be 29 in October. He’s not a developmental prospect, he’s at the last chance saloon. His technique is poor. He looks like he’s never worked at it or can’t learn it. He might even be a cheap roll if the dice as a G conversion.

To say he was awful last year is not exaggeration. He might be G depth in reality as much as a T. Let’s wait for his contract but he going to have to play a lot better than he did last year to be an upgrade at T on Nijman, even with Dillard on his favored side and Nijman playing less well than previously and on his less favored side. He’s better than Newman as a T, but Newman never should have been out there as one.

As to Jones and Tenuta, they can’t prove it one way or the other unless they are given a chance. Illness and Injuries respectively have been a factor, but these Packers coaches generally need to be forced to blood players that aren’t in their initial plans for the season. Wyatt, Tom, Melton, Nixon being examples that were not getting snaps despite the inadequacy ahead of them. Is it ability, popularity or luck?

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Guam's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:07 am

You raise a fair point about opportunity - Jones certainly hasn't had one in the regular season although he played quite a bit during the preseason last year. I would like to see him get a shot to prove or not prove his capabilities. Having said that, I still think this is his last rodeo with the Packers - he either needs to step up or lose his position on the 53 to a player that can be developed into a starter/key reserve.

PFF certainly didn't think much of Dillard last year, so I wonder what the Packer front office sees. Clearly they see something they like and our local newspaper made a big deal out of the fact that the Packers were battling with Kansas City to sign Dillard. Apparently multiple teams still believe Dillard can play. We will see come preseason.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:21 am

He took a free agent visit to Kansas. I don’t know if that represents a battle for his services given the numbers of such visits teams routinely go through. The only source is the following and this is all he said;

@JFowlerESPN
“Before signing with Green Bay, Dillard took a free agent visit to the #Chiefs, per source. Kansas City needs tackle help, which it could find in the draft.”

There no suggestion he was offered anything or even that there was subsequent informal interest.

There was a lot of chatter around the Eagles about Dillard’s approach to technical improvement and handling adversity. The suggestion was that he didn’t see a need to work on his craft, struggled mentally with being on the island that is LT and would gets progressively worse the more he is beaten. Last year could be seen to support all those rumors. The suggestion was that he needs to be a G but a cheap one. The Titans rendered the debate over trying that moot.

I’d be fascinated to see what Jersey Al made of his technique last year. To my not so informed eyes, his footwork and thus balance looked awful—note the diminutive kick step.

As to Caleb Jones: He actually injured his very ankle early in the first preseason game last year and was sidelined. I think he was landed on. He was expected to play a lot in preseason, but that injury derailed that to Walker’s benefit. He did play 32 snaps later in the third game, but may have not been fully healthy. Tenuta was injured and lost for the season as it turned out, so both largely remained mysteries.

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Guam's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:51 am

The local paper indicated that KC was in the process of making an offer to Dillard when GB signed him. No sources were quoted so I have no idea of the veracity of the claim.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:38 am

Everything I see out in the internet builds off Fowler’s above-quoted tweet. Perhaps there’s more insider knowledge. There’s no doubt the Chiefs have on paper an even bigger need and less cap than we do. Dillard’s contract will likely shed light when it comes out.

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Guam's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:48 am

Many of the local Wisconsin newspapers are tapped into the Packer front office and have "unnamed sources" for this kind of stuff. Was that case for this report or was the Packer insider making crap up, I have no idea. That's why I like to attribute this kind of information so readers can judge for themselves.

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dobber's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:27 am

"You raise a fair point about opportunity - Jones certainly hasn't had one "

Yeah, but opportunities aren't just handed out. Maybe the issue he had is that he was playing behind Tom, but he hadn't moved the needle enough to create his opportunity.

"PFF certainly didn't think much of Dillard last year, so I wonder what the Packer front office sees."

I don't think they see a starter, but they likely see a guy who has played NFL snaps and can be a game-day active. If he gets beat in camp, then a better player is on the roster. He's enough of a player to potentially make it so they don't have to draft 4 OL this year if the board doesn't fall their way, can look for other opportunities next week, and can spread their picks on the OL over a couple drafts.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:54 am

At that point the depth chart was Bakh, Tom, Walker, Nijman by the third preseason game, Jones having missed the second completely and first effectively only got second tier snaps in the second half primarily of the third when Tom and Walker took the lions share:

Zach Tom 50, Rasheed Walker 50, Jake Hanson 43, Royce Newman 35, Yosh Nijman 35, Sean Rhyan 32, Caleb Jones 32, Michael Menet 24, Jon Runyan 17, Josh Myers 17

Although Bakh didn’t play after game 1, the trio of Walker, Tom, and Nijman took all the rest. The pecking order was settled and injuries forced no further change.

Therefore the mystery remains and any projection is pointless. In 2022, Jones was the second highest rated OL in preseason behind Myers. Take that for what you will (Newman was the highest rated in the league a year earlier). Mano then took away any real chance to get in-season snaps that might have existed that year.

I don’t jump either way on Jones or Tenuta and their prospects. I do question some of the confident deductions I see and their foundation in what has actually happened and why. We saw the same over Nijman too before he actually played. Let’s wait and actually see this time.

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Guam's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:55 am

I don't think they see a starter either, but he should fill Nijman's role as the reserve swing tackle if he is as advertised.

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Starrbrite's picture

April 20, 2024 at 02:05 pm

“Last Chance Saloon”—excellent point.

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stockholder's picture

April 20, 2024 at 07:47 am

Easier said the Done.
We've had are share of misses.
Especially since Tony Mandrich.
And how did Newman turn out?
So who plays Defense; if we go after
all that protection for Love?
I seriously Doubt DeJean would
be leading the wish board, if you're correct.
And you must think anyone can replace
Campbell, or Owens.
So if Love wants protection.
It starts with not making an outrageous salary.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:36 am

Tony Mandarich was drafted in 1989. Do the math. If you'd like to argue something about the drafts of Gutekunst or his mentor Ted Thompson, have at it. But Tony Mandarich is now 52 years old.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:56 am

57. Born in 1966. Tom Braatz was the GM who picked him in 1989.

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TKWorldWide's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:17 am

Lotta greats were born in 1966!

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LLCHESTY's picture

April 20, 2024 at 11:45 am

Sure, but 1967 was better!

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stockholder's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:28 am

I'm referring to Green Bay as a Franchise.
Luck or not.
It still hurts, when the success rate sucks.

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Untylu1968's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:13 am

Replacing the three years ago, Campbell might be tough, but the last two, not so much. As far as replacing Owen's, GTFOH!

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stockholder's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:30 am

I used Owens- But the here and now of it-
There are 2 holes in the defense.
Zero in the OL.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 20, 2024 at 11:27 am

If he drafts like Reuter's Mock on NFL.com, he will set the franchise in reverse. Five higher selections to bag two O line and two DBs and an ILB. He still has SIX of his one picks on the defensive side of the LOS. Ted's guy still performing at a high level. You make the call. I protect the Franchise QB.

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Oppy's picture

April 21, 2024 at 10:44 am

In 2022, Rodgers made $50m, and that left only $158 M to pay the rest of the team.

If Love gets extended and earns $50m/year, that would leave $205 M in 2024 to pay the rest of the team.

So..... yeah..

Next?

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stockholder's picture

April 21, 2024 at 12:08 pm

Think Profits- Not Spending.
The League sets the cap-
What they give, They can take away.

Gute bought the Smith's ,Amos, and Turner,
because of TT .

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Oppy's picture

April 21, 2024 at 01:18 pm

"Think Profits- Not Spending"

This means absolutely nothing in the context of your original statement.

"The League sets the cap- What they give, They can take away"

Yeah, well, not exactly. The cap is set by a mathematical formula that involves dividing the the league revenue by the 32 teams in the league. Since the only time in the history of the league since the merger that revenue decreased was during the first Covid year, and 2024 was a record year for media contracts, it's unlikely to go down anytime soon. Now, if the NFL owners do away with profit sharing? That's a problem, and a big one that would create an existential crisis for the Packers' viability- and it wouldn't matter if we're paying top dollar for a QB or not.

"Gute bought the Smith's, Amos, and Turner, because of TT."

Uh, what?

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HarryHodag's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:21 am

Dillard is a fine example of why you shouldn't get too hyped up about the NFL draft. Dillard was a high first round pick. He appeared to be a 'can't miss' prospect. While he's had a solid NFL career, he's far from the All-Pro many had picked him to be. The draft is a crapshoot.

While many are calling for the Packers to draft an o-lineman(tackle) in the first round I first draw attention to the fact that the team's premier left tackle of the past, David Bakhtiari, was a fourth round pick. With the abundance of really good tackles, no need to take one in the first round. You'll get a good one later. Better to find a player to fill a hole on defense. Last year the national sports media dopes were laughing at the Packers for not having picked a wide receiver recently in the first round. Don't hear much laughter about that now. This year it's offensive tackle.

Dillard will likely fill the Yosh Nijman role. I scratch my head when the 'experts' are quick to replace Walker and Tom even though the team did more than ok with them last year.

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Starrbrite's picture

April 20, 2024 at 02:08 pm

Well said Harry.

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GregC's picture

April 20, 2024 at 05:38 pm

A solid NFL career? Dillard has had a terrible career. He's missed a lot of time due to injuries, and he's played poorly.

I'm with you on Walker and Tom, though. Neither one of them needs to be replaced. I think the only thing the O-line needs in this draft is depth, although if they can get a future starter at center or right guard, so much the better.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:30 am

The salaries are outrageous Stock. Nobody disputes that, but good luck in thinking anything is going to change that drives them lower. It's supply and demand, and if we don't do this next contract with Jordan Love the right way, it will have multiple repercussions for the Packers. We will lose Love to another team, franchise tags only last so long, and they turn the player against the team because the perception is the team doesn't appreciate the player enough to pay the going price for that NFL position.

It will also send a message to all players that GB is not a team to do business with, so only a small portion of FAs will consider us. Love is going to get the money, from us or from a large group of teams foaming at the mouth who will outbid us for him. And then we are starting over from scratch. Just get it done.

As far as who and what positions we draft, the needs have not changed except slightly @ Safety. The priority needs are still Ol, LB, S, CB, and RB. Fix those groups and we are a complete team in 2024, not 2025.

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stockholder's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:43 am

We will lose Love -
Why do you think he'll leave?
Have we seen the real Love?
He doesn't have a Resume yet.
And he does have some big shoes to fill.

As far as business-
I think there are some bad feelings Already.
Z. Smith , Campbell, and A. Jones.

Needs- Or Priorities?
The OL is not a priority.
In fact; if Gute drafts a WR , I'd praise him.
Because the point of paying anyone yet-
!0 mil. or more a year, is blackmail.

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Oppy's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:56 pm

Stockholder,

There would be a line around the block of teams willing to pay Love an average of $50M / yr on a 4 or 5 year deal if he was allowed to hit FA.

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stockholder's picture

April 21, 2024 at 06:32 am

You just got rid of Rodgers because of his contract.
What have you Learned?
You guys think Love is the next great GB QB.
Go look up Tom Brady.
Players want to play with winners.
Not over-paid gambles.

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Oppy's picture

April 21, 2024 at 10:20 am

Let me help you out, Stockholder, since you are not fully equipped with the proper logic to understand the situation.

The salary cap in 2022: $208.2 M
The salary cap in 2024: $255.4 M

For those of you keeping score at home, that's far and away the largest jump in cap over a 2-year period in recent NFL history- by nearly a factor of 2. Link for those interested:

https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cba/

In other words, paying a QB $50m/yr in 2024 through, lets say, 2029, is not remotely the same thing as paying a QB $50m/yr in 2021/2022.

Rodgers is 40 years old and was a total cancer who worked against his head coach's offense and was openly taking shots at the front office. Also stated he wasn't sure about his future with the team. He's got maybe, what, 1-4 years left of football at best?

Love is 25 years old and a joy to work with by all accounts. He's executing the HC's offense and it shows. His teammates play their hearts out for him. He could be leading the Packers for the next 15 years or more, god willing.

As to "Players want to play with winners", you might have missed that the Packers signed two highly sought after FA's recently, they both cited Love as a major factor in the decision to play for Green Bay.

We can do this all day. You're just plain wrong. This entire conversation is nothing more that your idolization of Rodgers and your disdain for Gutekunst. You will never be fully on board with Love. What a shame.

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Oppy's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:53 pm

"(franchise tags) turn the player against the team because the perception is the team doesn't appreciate the player enough to pay the going price for that NFL position."

Well, I heartily agree that franchise tags often turn the player against the team, but I don't believe the perception is the team isn't willing to pay the "going price for that NFL position."

When you place the Franchise tag on a player, that player will be paid the average of the top five salaries for players of his position for that year, OR 120% of the player's salary for the previous year, whichever is greater.

Players "turn" against the team because what players want even more than a fat paycheck is the stability and protections that long term contracts provide. In a physical full contact sport where any snap can be the last snap of your career, the difference between being paid very well for one year, as opposed to having a contract for 3-5 years, can be a major difference.. and nobody wants to pick up their entire family and move away from their friends and communities. Ultimately, the franchise tag is a power-play by the team. There is no negotiation. It robs the player of the opportunity to negotiate not only with his own team, but also deprives him of the ability to negotiate with any other team in the NFL who may be willing to issue them a long-term contract.

In short.. Players don't like to be franchised for a lot of reasons, even though they actually make top-tier money for the 1-year contract the franchise tag provides.

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stockholder's picture

April 21, 2024 at 06:36 am

Players turn against teams because
they believe they didn't honor their
Commitments.

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Oppy's picture

April 21, 2024 at 10:06 am

We're talking about a Franchise tag, here, stockholder.

And simply put.. applying a franchise tag to avoid committing to a long term contract is a great way to create bad blood between a player and his team. It's not uncommon for players who get franchised to hold out or demand a trade.

As far as not honoring commitments, NFL contracts are not guaranteed unless specifically negotiated for in contract. You need to take that up with the NFLPA. Apparently, you would never "cut" any player for any reason?

With that said, what amazes me is that you'd don't seem to understand the difference between upsetting a player by cutting them before the end of their contract (in which case, yes, the player will likely be disgruntled, but the team obviously doesn't want the player anyways), or approaching a player with a request to restructure their contract for less money (in which case, yes, you risk upsetting the player, but they have the right to decline, in which case the team can continue to keep the player, who is still under the original contract.. or decide to cut the player).... and then there's taking a player who's about to reach free agency, and strong-arming them into a 1 year deal where they have no control and no security. The ONLY reason a team would do this is because they want to keep the player- so why risk upsetting a player you feel is worth paying as though he's the 2nd/3rd most valuable in the NFL at his position (exclusive franchise tag), or the 5th most valuable at his position (transition tag)?

In my opinion, I agree with Ted Thompson's take on the franchise tag. If used to temporarily bridge the gap between the end of one contract and finalizing the long term contract you're already working on, it's a valuable tool. If you're using it to drag your feet on making a commitment to a player, It's bad business that results in a player you ultimately want around becoming disgruntled.

Thompson used it on Ryan Pickett, to span a 3-week gap between Grease's end of contract and the inking of his fresh 4-year contract. He also used it on Corey Williams, a player the Packers had no intentions of keeping. They franchised him to maintain control of his contract and trade him instead of just allowing him to walk out of the building without getting any value for him. I can only assume Corey Williams' agents did not play nice with Green Bay for Thompson to use the Franchise tag in this way. It's smart, but it's hard-nosed in that it robbed Williams from controlling his own destiny.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 21, 2024 at 10:00 am

Wow Oppy, I think players want the stability of a longer contract because their profession could cripple or kill them. Yes they have the opportunity of a lifetime to get to play pro sports, but I laugh at the idiots who post that Love, or any player should take a team friendly deal. Any way you try to describe the franchise tag, players don't like it and it usually leaves a bad taste in their mouths for the team.

The Packers would be way ahead in the game to just get this done ASAP. Not that they need to overpay by $10million, but they need to pay the going rate. There is no point in bitching about it, it is a part of doing business.

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Oppy's picture

April 21, 2024 at 10:37 am

You're preaching to the choir, Golfpacker, I agree 100% and my post pretty much says the exact same thing you just said, albeit not nearly as efficiently :) . Did you mean to address this to Stockholder? He's the one who is advocating for franchising Love and complaining about the cost.

My response to your original post was pointing out the franchise tag is not used to save money- the exclusive franchise tag pays out the player a sum for the season that is the average of the 5 highest paid players at his position for the upcomming year. That's all.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 20, 2024 at 08:35 am

Dillard is nice, but he doesn't move the needle on true team needs.

OT is still a premier position and therefore draft selections for those positions are draft and develop to be certain when they hit the field that the premier positions are manned by competent players. (OT, QB, Pass Rush, CB)

Of course there are the outliers... rookies that are so advanced that they are developed enough to step right in and perform up to expectations, however those players are few and far between and to top that thought off, premier position rookies who step right in are very rare, like top 10 draft pick rare. The GBP do not, and will not trade into, a top 10 pick this year.

Which leads me to say... the drafting of a non-premier position player - RB, S, LB could lead to a rookie starting (not RB with Jacobs on the team), but a drafted premier position player will need some developing to become a starter who meets starting player expectations (no growing pains). An exception here may be a premier position where pure athleticism trumps development. A truly gifted CB may step right in and perform up to starting NFL player expectations without a lot of development, but will always have room for improvement above and beyond supreme athleticism.

Bottom line - Protecting the QB is still a future need and would justify drafting a guy to develop into that early.

Personally, I see a couple of real difference makers in this draft. Cooper DeJean is one. I would not be disappointed to see a trade up to grab him.

As an alternative, the Air Force kid, Trey Taylor is also a real gem in the rough, I could see him being a real difference maker in this GBP defense.

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dobber's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:29 am

"Dillard is nice, but he doesn't move the needle on true team needs."

Someone said it yesterday: he raises the talent floor but not the ceiling.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:16 am

I’m going to go out on a limb and say he won’t raise anything other than over Newman as a T. It wouldn’t shock me if he doesn’t make the roster unless he’s had a serious self-awakening.

He’s a better T than Newman and Newman had no business being rolled out at T in the pros. There are numerous candidates later in the draft that would raise that bar. By next weekend it should already be higher. Last year is horrendous, the more one watches the worse it gets. Trust me, I’ve just been watching. There are few better sports horror movies.

If he does raise the bar over any other hold over, Jones, Tenuta and Telfort need to be gone and we need serious investment in young developmental talent and questions of why Jones and Tenuta were still on the roster this spring.

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Starrbrite's picture

April 20, 2024 at 02:10 pm

JB—I agree on DeJean—I believe he will be a legitimate difference maker.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 20, 2024 at 03:20 pm

He seems like a Woodson-esque type of talent.

I would really love to see him in G&G.

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Bitternotsour's picture

April 20, 2024 at 07:46 pm

Woodson-esque. LOL.

Yes, so similar, both won the Heisman, both the college football player of the year, both once in a lifetime talents. Yes. Completely. I totally see that now that you pointed it out.

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LeotisHarris's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:17 am

The next Cub Buck and Baby Ray are out there, just gotta find 'em. As the saying goes, even if the horse is blind, you still have to load the wagon.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 20, 2024 at 03:21 pm

Gimme a couple of Jug Earps and I will beat your Cubs and Baby's.

Oh for the good ole daze... lol

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BruceC1960's picture

April 20, 2024 at 09:54 am

Really curious to see fan reaction after day 2 of the draft. We all hope Gutey can continue the success he had the last 2 drafts. Will everyone throw a fit when he takes unexpected or possibly flawed players. Or will we be content knowing he has a plan?
Here are the first 3 rounds of the last 5 drafts. Can anyone say they were “excited “ about any of these picks?
Van Ness, Musgrave, Reed, Kraft
Walker, Wyatt, Watson , Rhyan
Stokes, Myers, Amari Rodgers
Love, Dillon, Degaura
Gary, Savage, Jenkins, Sternberger
Don’t remember much “buzz” about any of them. Maybe Watson, but not after the trade up. None of the #1 picks even received luke warm acceptance from the fan base.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:55 am

Bruce, I would have to say I was happy last year because we fixed the TE room in one draft.

And I was happy in 2022 too because we finally drafted LB, a need that had haunted us forever. We just picked the wrong one. (Devin Lloyd) Watson was also a favorite for me but should have been the second 1st round pick instead of Wyatt. I liked Sean Rhyan as well. I knew nothing about Reed at all.

2021 was a DUD for me. There were better CBs than Stokes. Creed Humphrey was head and shoulders better than Myers. We needed a new slot and I thought Amari would be good.

2020 was the shocking one. I knew nothing about Love. Dillon was so-so, and Deguara was overdrafted.

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BruceC1960's picture

April 20, 2024 at 11:22 am

Agree about the TE fix. I remember many saying who is Quay Walker and not being thrilled with Wyatt. Anger over Rashan Gary, disbelief on Jordan Love, wtf on Stokes and way to early on Van Ness (didn’t even start at Iowa). Not saying I agree with these reactions, but they were there.

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Coldworld's picture

April 20, 2024 at 02:24 pm

It’s a long time since I was happy about a draft immediately after it. A few days later, some digging and Gute’s drafts tend to look better.

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CanPackFan's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:03 am

My hope is that we use the first 2 rounds to choose the best players at position of greatest need - like LB and Safety. While u can never have enough Olinemen, this article past drafts confirm that we can find Oline gems after round 2 of the draft. Let's shore up our team now - not wait until 2025. GPG

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Untylu1968's picture

April 20, 2024 at 07:37 pm

I can see a DB being the best value with our first pick. We can get one of the top MLBs, once again, with good value, along with an o-lineman in the second round. With safety being down this year, we could still get one of the higher rated ones in the third , along with a BPA, which could be anything from RB, OL or DL. There will be some very good talent sitting there in the third. Thirsty Thursday can't get here fast enough.

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TKWorldWide's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:20 am

Right now I’d put both safety and linebacker ahead of O-line as positions of need. That does not mean, however, that the top 2 picks have to be at those two spots. This is going to be a very interesting draft! But remember, it’s a three day process.

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Gman1976's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:23 am

I suspect Dillard was brought in for competition with our 2nd and 3rd stringers. He won't start, but could be the one to light a fire to see whether Jones and the others are going to improve.

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stockholder's picture

April 20, 2024 at 10:49 am

I think he's looking for experience.
The Versatility to move guys around has
worked. And it buys Time.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2024 at 03:53 pm

Like Newman, Hanson and Wagner holding down the RT in the NFC

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PackAttack4155's picture

April 20, 2024 at 11:29 am

If his contract is more than the vet minimum, he fleeced the Packers. Allowed 12 sacks in 562 snaps last season. Head case, who only plays LT. Titans fans are happy he's gone. For the continued good health of Love, here's hoping he, and Newman, are never on the field together.

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Alberta_Packer's picture

April 20, 2024 at 11:34 am

Dillard is strictly a stopgap player - who's ceiling is to be a little less bad than his Titans underperformance. He shouln't alter at all Gutekunst's OT draft plan. So if he wants a top tier OT - he should be prepared to draft one in the 1st and very early 2nd round. Afterwhich, it's Tier 2 Tackles - with a number available in rounds 2-4 - Amegadajie, Puni, Fisher, Rosengarten, Wallace, Coleman - to name a few.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 21, 2024 at 10:10 am

I am glad the Pack picked up a vet like Dillard on the cheap and I understand why the Packers signed him but he also has to make the team. Quite frankly if Jones, Tenuta, and Telfort cannot unseat Dillard it is time to part ways with them as Dillard is not someone I prefer to have protecting Love. It just takes one unnecessary hit and the Packer season goes by the wayside.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are going to be interesting draft days that can change the trajectory for the Packers. They are close and if they can hit a home run in the draft the team is young enough that they have a shot at creating a mini-dynasty. There are so many needs on the team but I do hope the Packers add 3 big dudes on the OL (one OT and two IOL), and a good to very good DL. For years the Packers did not have team speed but that is no longer the case. They need to win in the trenches on both sides of the ball as every year come playoff time the Packers get whipped in the trenches when the game matters. At this point, while I would not be against Amarius Mims I just do not believe he moves nearly as well as a guy like Tyler Guton. Even with all the needs on this team and the great addition of Josh Jacobs the Packers IMO are currently missing a major weapon at RB. Other than Jacobs the Packers do not appear to have a backup RB who can do anything near what Aaron Jones did to keep defenses honest and on their toes. Several RBs in the draft would take the offense to a different level in guys like Jaylon Wright, Jonathan Brooks, or Trey Benson. I am wondering how Gutey is thinking about giving up a top-100 pick to get one of these RBs when he has so many needs at other positions such as S, CB, LB, and OL but if one of these RBs is available I just think he needs to do it.

I do not believe Gutey would take a WR with the first couple of draft choices with the needs on this team and quite frankly I hope he doesn't but I will admit if he does Brian Thomas Jr is one hell of a good WR and the offense with a good OL and another good RB would truly be the most explosive in the league and unstoppable. I just don't see how Thomas isn't going to be a star in the league.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 21, 2024 at 12:10 pm

Hey Knock, the problem with selecting a WR, DT, or Edge with one or more of our first five picks is that it weakens the talent pools that we then get to choose from to fill the actual needs that we have had since the 2023 season ended. The only real things that have changed is we added a stud Safety to a really weak position group that still needs help, and we made our LB group even worse by cutting Campbell, who needed to be gone, and striking out on FA LBs.

I have said this 100 times that the first five picks that GB has in this draft, line up perfectly with strength of position groups & where they will come off the board, for OL @ #25, LB @ #41, S @ #58, CB @ #88, and RB @ #91. Plus, we could trade back with any of those picks and still get a strong player at all those position groups.

Where it will cost us is by trading up and wasting premium picks or shoving other not needed position groups ahead of the actual needs. GB could have a TOP 5 draft ever by just staying put and filling those needs. Or it could be epic with 2 small trades back.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 21, 2024 at 01:36 pm

Golf,
Not sure you read my post thoroughly before posting your response as much of what you indicate I did not express.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 21, 2024 at 07:09 pm

Sorry Knock, I reread your post. The position group you mentioned we should draft early was DL. Others have said Edge & WR should be picked early. I think we should fix the weaker position groups first. That will give a us a complete team that can play with anyone in 2024.

Any DT or Edge we draft in the second round or later will not be a top 5 player. They won't start for us because our DL room is already good right now.

While there could be decent WRs left @ #25, but realistically they won't be a WR1, and we are so strong there we don't need one. I guess that's my point, we only have a few weaknesses left, we should fix those position groups that need help to become strengths.

The 2025 draft will get us a Top 3 DT and a really good Edge.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 22, 2024 at 08:12 am

Golf,
I believe you continue to misread my initial post. Nowhere did I say the Packers should draft a DL early. I simply said to draft a good DL.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 21, 2024 at 04:32 pm

Golf, I think we need at least two OL by the end of the second day. I think we could get a good RB on Day 3, and he'll probably start the season on PS anyway.

If we take care of business on the offensive side of the ball in this draft, not only will we have the material for a great offense over the next four years, but it increases the likelihood that we'll spend premium picks on defense during that time.

I think we'll sign a FA Safety, too.

Totally agree we shouldn't trade up. If anything, a few small trade downs would be my choice.

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golfpacker1's picture

April 21, 2024 at 07:13 pm

LH, we could easily get those 2 OL and fill all 5 of the other needs by a move back @ #25 for a 3rd and a 4th. And another from #88 or #91 to the early 4th gets another mid round pick.

Micah Hyde is still available I think.

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