Cory's Corner: Not If But When

Offensive line will be addressed — but when?

It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.

Corey Linsley’s departure has left the Packers looking for more depth on the offensive line. 

Just how good has the offensive line been? The Packers were the No. 7 unit in 2018, No. 6 unit in 2019 and No. 2 in 2020 according to Pro Football Focus. 

The reason is because the Packers have been stellar at surrounding Aaron Rodgers with quality pieces. David Bakhtiari, arguably one of the best tackles in the game, was taken in the fourth round in 2013. T.J. Lang, a two-time Pro Bowl guard, was also taken in the fourth round in 2009. And to complete the fourth round trifecta, Josh Sitton, a four-time Pro Bowl guard, was another fourth rounder in 2008.

There hasn’t been all successes however. There was Derek Sherrod taken 32nd overall in 2011, but only played four seasons. 

This may be a passing league, but the offensive line has never been more important. Defenses may not be able to do very much anymore, but what defenses can do is make quarterbacks uncomfortable by forcing them out of the pocket and making off-platform throws.

The best way to combat this is to build an exceptional offensive line. Rodgers was only hit two times as he threw last year. Some of that is the respect given to the running game, but a lot of it is because of the exceptional offensive line. 

So who can the Packers add? If UW-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz is available with the 62nd overall pick, the Packers have to use a second round pick on him. And the reason is simple: versatility. He is a left guard by trade by has been constantly working on the center position. Obviously nobody knew what Meinerz could contribute at the NFL level until the Senior Bowl. Then he just wowed everyone. Going up against NFL competition, he bulldozed just about everybody and earned a lot of respect as he shot up draft boards. I really like his balance as he will not get bullied thanks to being a 2017 Wisconsin high school wrestling state tournament participant. This guy is a warrior and has the heart to go along with it. 

If you’re looking for someone in the fourth round,  it’s Ben Cleveland. The Georgia lineman is built like a you know what and only allowed six pressures on 283 pass attempts this past season. Cleveland also has experience at left guard and center adding to that key versatility element. 

I highly doubt this happens, but if USC do-everything Alijah Vera-Tucker is around at 29, the Packers should take a long look. He has done remarkable things at left guard and left tackle and he has excelled in a zone blocking scheme, so the learning curve will be relatively easy. Vera-Tucker only allowed eight pressures on 305 pass attempts, so if the Packers want to keep the offensive line as one of the best assets in football, he would be a great plan for the future. 

Obviously, offensive linemen aren’t sexy and don’t grab the headlines like a skill guy does. But surrounding yourself with quality offensive linemen is what consistently wins games. 

 

 

 

 

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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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EddieLeeIvory's picture

April 06, 2021 at 06:50 am

Good stuff.
Here's the thing I have learned in over 30 years following the NFL draft & especially the past few:
We never take the guys we want so don't waste time & energy getting all fired up loving this prospect or that one.
Save your energy & time until the draft, then get to know our guy.
A year ago, I was so hoping the Vikings would waste their #1 pick on Utah State QB Jordan Love. Instead, we did. And they took the best rookie WR since Randy Moss.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:05 am

By the way, I was such a big fan of Eddie Lee Ivory and had such high hope's for him. Then the Chicago games and subsequent knee injuries. Such a shame!

Your post was how I look at the drafts too. Well said!

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Leatherhead's picture

April 06, 2021 at 06:50 am

The Packers need a plug and play guy at RT, IMO.

I’d start the season with Runyon for Bakhtiari, but the other four starters would be Turner, Jenkins, Patrick, and the rookie at RT. That gives us a real solid veteran middle and a blue chip rookie, plus Bakhtiari when he comes back.

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Guam's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:00 am

Agreed they need a plug and play RT. The Packers have a need at RT this year due to Bahk's absence as he recovers and I think the need continues next year as Turner won't get resigned as a cap saving move. This year I think Turner slides over to LT until Bahk returns and the rookie plays RT (Runyon starts at LG).

With King resigned, the Packers take a RT in round #1.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:29 am

The OT should be capable to go left or right side. If they use a one pick, the guy has to be able to play from day one. Maybe they think Runyan can be a RT and they draft another guard to plug a spot. A lot of scenarios.

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Guam's picture

April 06, 2021 at 09:46 am

If they believe Runyon can play RT and Stepaniak has the potential draftniks thought he had last year, it provides lots of different scenarios. If there are questions about Runyon and/or Stepaniak, I think the have to go RT no later than the second round and preferably in the first.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

April 06, 2021 at 11:45 am

It would be just great if 2 of the line guys they picked last year worked out as starters. Poor Lane Taylor is visiting the dumpster-fire Houston Texans.

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:23 pm

The team might suck, but if he's looking for a chance to play, he might get it there. Best of luck to him.

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blondy45's picture

April 06, 2021 at 05:55 pm

I am one of the few who does not think the Pack needs a plug and play OT. The OL spots will be covered with various players already on the Pack's roster. I also believe that last year's "triple up" for the OL will reduce the need for an early round OL pick. I love Stepaniak, Runyon has got NFL starting talent, and the other 7 -8 offensive linemen already on the roster now, tells me they have a very good group to pick the best from this year.

Develop OT prospects, absolutely. They do need to draft the OT position, just not early this year. The Pack has had a lot of success drafting OL in the 4th round as stated above. Hit the CB position early and often. Add numbers to the WR, DL, and LB positions later as the draft board dictates the best prospect. A late round RB, Safety, & FA punter would help too.

The more draft choices we keep and not trade away, the better it will be down the road. This Pack's draft is for the future. We have a veteran good team now. We must plan for the departure of many in the next couple of years. Any draft prime gems uncovered , only will make it that much better for the Packer's legacy going forward.

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stockholder's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:02 am

When? The first round. OT sets Gutes draft. Not CB. And as much as he could bring back Wagner. Gute won't. We have No STARTING Needs. And Gute won't put his QBs in "jeopardy". This team can only compete if it protects it's QB. A good Ot sets his drafts for the next 10 years. But will he get right one. Cosmi is my pick. In fact; I believe he could double down on OT. It's not my choice. But the more I get in Gutes mind, it's all about Love.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:32 am

LOL!

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:32 am

That's why he could go OT and Center or Guard with the one and two picks if the right guys show up on the board.

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stockholder's picture

April 06, 2021 at 10:54 am

No to Guard or Center. Center will be later. Very good Draft depth at center. Cosmi is athletic, can play either side, and tested well. But Jenkins will be the better RT. If Bahk doesn't respond well. I'd take Cosmi./// if Barmore is gone. I'm not for a cb early.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:16 pm

The top Centers will be gone by round two. The SEC guys are over-weight and limited in movement skills for the wide zone. Does Patrick replace an All-Pro, I don't believe so. He would be better to stay at RG. Gutedkunst saw the debacle in the middle prior to bagging Jenkins. As you said, Rodgers is investment # one and he must be protected 100%.

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stockholder's picture

April 06, 2021 at 01:11 pm

I only see two going. Both second. Myers rd3. Hill rd. 4 with the wrestling background. Others later

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Coldworld's picture

April 06, 2021 at 05:04 pm

We took a specialist center last year. We already have Patrick even if Jenkins is at tackle. Why on earth would we take another C early, if at all. Centers very rarely go in the first round anyway. If anything, they might pick up an old seasoned vet in summer. We drafted 2 guards last year as well, one of whom had decent snaps. Equally baffling why we would draft one again early?

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 07, 2021 at 01:31 am

If Trey Smith showed up in the second round he would be an upgrade on the three guys mentioned at RG.

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RCPackerFan's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:08 am

Packers will no doubt draft at least 1 OL. Probably 2-3 again to be honest.

I would not be surprised if they drafted a couple of OL in the first 4 rounds or so. Getting an OT and getting a OG/C prospect. The OL is still in good shape. However, we don't know when Bakhtiari will be able to come back. We don't know if all the young 2nd year players will be ready. I think Runyan is ready for a starting role, but what about the other 2 rookies from last year. We know what we have in Turner, Jenkins and Patrick. The rest is a bit of a mystery at this point. Perhaps they try and bring back Veldheer for depth. Or even Lane Taylor. But at this point we need more depth and more starting caliber of players.

On of the biggest reasons why our offense has been as good as it has been is because of the versatility of the OL. Jenkins can play all 5 positions. Patrick can play any interior spot. Turner can play 4 spots. The versatility is what has made this OL so great!

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stockholder's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:25 am

But that won't stop Gute from taking Tevon Jenkins at Rt. He is good.

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nostradanus's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:17 am

Mid round flyers are nice but, If you want the good ones you have to draft O. Tackles early (Bakhtari being the exception).

Also the good ones are very very expensive in free agency so for salary cap purposes it’s best to invest in homegrown.

Go get your guy Gutey!!

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:33 am

Yeah, Bakhtari was a stealth pick because his Colorado team was awful losing every game during his Junior after which he entered the draft.

Had Colorado been a winning team and David was a senior, I expect he would have been a 2nd, maybe even a first rounder.

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:19 am

Early prediction: Packers take an OL in round 2...and it's not an OT.

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:24 pm

I got 10 yards for illegal use of prognostication.

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Coldworld's picture

April 06, 2021 at 05:18 pm

And loss of down for levity.

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greengold's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:53 am

Thankfully, this draft looks deep at OT. Agree the Packers will need a plug and play, NFL ready talent to play either LT or RT to start the season, and I’d prefer they address that early. Looks like we can add a starter in R2-R3, and I suspect we will. R1 might be best spent on a defensive starter, which appears equal in terms of need.

Being as deep at OT as it is, I’m seeing quality players who could start Day 1 ala Bakhtiari as far back as 5 rounds... which makes this all the more interesting. We have a number of positions calling out for “plug & play” instant starters: DT, CB, ILB, WR and OT.

OL depth in this draft gives the Packers some good flexibility. I’m not concerned at all about OC. I’m more concerned at other areas on this team where the talent pool is not as deep: DL and ILB.

Add in Gutekunst may want to give new DC Joe Barry scheme specific players early, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see OT addressed later. The depth in this draft there could help us.

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blondy45's picture

April 06, 2021 at 01:21 pm

Nice comments greengold. IMO I do NOT believe Gute will trust a rookie OT to protect Rodgers to start the season. That lessens the need for the plug and play theory. Do we need an elite OT this year at the cost of other positions? That is up for debate. Again, we need OT's, but when does the Pack select them?

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greengold's picture

April 06, 2021 at 06:08 pm

Last time we started a rookie OT, Bryan Bulaga, we won a Super Bowl.

Bakhtiari also started as a rookie for the injured Bulaga.

I have no fear there. If a player shows he’s ready, this staff should know. We have other talent that has been developing and could get the call. We’ll see.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 07, 2021 at 01:33 am

Clifton, Tauscher....talent supersedes the scrub hierarchy every time.

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james_segrest's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:41 am

"Obviously, offensive linemen aren’t sexy and don’t grab the headlines like a skill guy does"
ahaha, that's fun

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oceanstrength's picture

April 06, 2021 at 08:09 am

OK, you've redeemed yourself after that stupid article about playing Jordan Love.

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April 06, 2021 at 08:51 am

If I was Gutey, given the balanced Offense Matt runs, I would be drafting a run/pass blocking versatile Lineman in one of the first 3 rounds every year.

And pick guys versatile guys like Jenks. Smart, strong as an ox, quick feet and performed well at several positions on the line. Jenks was a beast at Miss State when he played C, G and both tackle spots. Alexander the Great was a great pick, but Jenks was as good in my view. AJ ran behind, and was making his cuts behind Jenks a lot who often got to the second level with his dominating blocks.

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April 06, 2021 at 09:01 am

Elgton Jenkins was without a doubt, one of the top draft steals of the 2019 draft at pick 44. We could use another one of those at RT. I would not put it past Gutekunst to find that player and call his name Day two, even if it meant trading up for an extra pick R2.

His propensity to trade could make Day 2 very exciting for the Packers. There is a TON of talent there, and it will be interesting to see if he can find a good trading partner to make some magic happen.

Not sure I want to trade out of R1 this year, but getting two shots at some great R2/R3 talents using back end picks could prove valuable in terms of draft steals.

The more I'm looking at this draft, the more I am liking it for GB. We can get help at areas of need all throughout this sucker. It is so deep, I might prefer he not trade and take his scheduled 10 bites of the apple.

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Coldworld's picture

April 06, 2021 at 10:15 am

I disagree with this and with the bulk of the comments. We have adequate depth to not need to start a rookie.

Turner, Runyon, Patrick, Stepaniak, Jenkins to start, Bakh, Jenkins, Patrick, Runyon/Stepaniak, Turner later.

That doesn’t allow for additional injuries, but I do expect us to draft an OL, to back up, but potentially not at tackle. If we draft a T, it will be to develop, a high upside type. If he forces his way up the pecking order, that’s a plus not a plan this year.

We have a number of candidates already on the roster that may be in the mix: Nijman (T), Hanson (C), Braden (G), Johnson(G), one or more of whom may be considered viable candidates. Patrick is, after all, a UDFA, as was Taylor. It’s also possible Taylor returns on a similarly cheap deal when healthy.

So, have to be contrarian, I don’t see the need to pick up a guaranteed starter. I do see the need to bring in future upside and, possibly depth. That’s not an argument that I can make at DL and not one I can convince myself of at DB.

As to the need to draft from WI, I always force myself to look at any such suggestion twice as hard to ensure it’s not swayed by homerism or familiarity. In this case I think it probably is, when you say use a second on a C/G.

We have versatility galore: Jenkins, Turner, Patrick and, per fans, Runyon, can all play multiple positions even if the others can’t (unknown). We don’t need versatility, we need high ceiling if we do draft one, and not necessarily for this year either.

Another thing to consider is that Jenkins will eventually get paid. Since he has shown he can play T, he will likely end up doing so. Teams aren’t going to pay a guard what he will command, and probably not a C in most cases. That’s without adding in his unique versatility to his price.

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Guam's picture

April 06, 2021 at 09:59 am

You are assuming both Runyon and Stepaniak are ready to start. It would be great if you are right, but I think that might be a bit of a reach. One of them, yes, but both ...IDK. Ditto for Nijman, Hanson, Braden and Johnson - all potentials, but also question marks. I would like a bit more certainty/quality with a 37 year old QB.

BTW, in your second paragraph I think you meant Jenkins, not Dillon, as the Packers starting left guard.

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April 06, 2021 at 10:32 am

I did mean Jenkins. Correction made, thank you.

I see Runyon as being capable of starting at G. I was not projecting him at tackle in the NFL on a regular basis when writing. I’m a lot more skeptical of that than some.

I thought more of Stepaniak coming out. He dropped through injury but still got some practice time. I think he is the G pick this year, just with a partial season under his belt. He will be a mauler, one strong man. He is not a T.

I think Hanson is overlooked. The kid is smart and was a good center in college. His problem was a need for time in the weight room, which perhaps explains the year on the PS. He could make a legitimate push at C during this season. As a pure college C, not sure of his positional versatility or lack thereof.

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April 06, 2021 at 11:07 am

Runyan is capable. But Turner is going back to RG ,( if/ when Bahk returns.). I Get the idea you don't like using on #1 0n RT. But during Rodgers training he rolled out to the right. Turner isn't a Rt. And his contract is up. So who can replace Bahk if he becomes injury prone now. No guy with short arms.

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April 06, 2021 at 05:16 pm

If Bakh is done, Turner is likely left tackle and Jenkins right, just as I suspect that they will be to start the year. I’m not at all convinced they let Turner go next year. I do believe, as I said, that they need to draft an OT for the future. That is premised on Runyon not being a T at this level, as many here believe he may be. Turner does not have short arms, by the way, so no issue there.

I make it clear that I do not believe that Bakh is done.

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April 06, 2021 at 10:41 pm

Like you, I am very interested to see what Stepaniak does next year. He was graded much higher than a sixth round pick but fell due to injury. He could be a serious steal if he lives up to the draftnik's assessments. I hope Runyon and Stepaniak are the Packer guards of the future.

The concern is at OT. I believe Bahk will return and be an anchor at LT for awhile, but RT I am less sure about. Jenkins could fill that role, but I lean to Leatherhead's assessment that Jenkins is penciled in as Linsley's replacement. Turner will cover RT next year, but he will be over 30 for his next contract and Packers have little cap space for 2022. I think he may be gone and they will need a young player at RT. Perfect year to draft that player is now.

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Swisch's picture

April 06, 2021 at 12:00 pm

I had a hunch all along, Coldworld, that you'd come around to drafting a shifty and speedy slot receiver in the first round, preferably as short and light as possible ;-).

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Coldworld's picture

April 06, 2021 at 05:37 pm

So short and light he doesn’t count as a pick. Tom Thumb perhaps or just old Rigid Digit.

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April 06, 2021 at 09:44 am

Agree with you, Coldworld, on Nijman and Hanson, who I think might be developed well enough in Gutekunst's eyes to lessen OL as an early priority this draft.

While you have stated we don't need WR, I do believe Gutekunst may jump all over one he feels is a steal in R1, should that opportunity present. Looking at the number of WRs up for new contracts in 2022, that could prove to be a smart business move.

Joe Barry, is going to need all the help Gutekunst can give him early.

Could easily see CB, OLB, DT, S taken with four of our first five picks, in any order, looking at building for the future of this new Packers D.

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April 06, 2021 at 09:43 am

If a true standout prospect falls to us, or near enough to us, I agree that we take him. Rumor has it that Gute was hoping Jefferson would slip just a little further last year. I would have loved that, not because we needed him as much as I thought he might be special.

I think that Gute thinks that way. It would explain the rumor on Jefferson, but it was surely the thinking in Gary and Love. Positioned be darned, this player is special (in the Packers evaluation). I guessed neither, I freely admit.

A lot of my comments about the draft this year are premised not just on need but what I think is remotely likely to fall within reach. This year I don’t see a Jefferson calliber receiver or Clark type DL getting remotely close to 29.

It’s fair to say I also think we need our picks more too. Even then, if the draft goes bizarrely, it could happen. As we know, drafts can go in wildly unexpected directions. I just can’t see it going sufficiently far to drop a WR or DL I’d see as justifying a pick at 29. If I’m wrong, I won’t be unhappy.

For that reason, I don’t see a WR pick that will obviate the need to resign Adams next year. Adams was a second and took three years to be seen as anything other than a bust. I was one of the few who argued that he would turn it around when he was among the league worst after year 2. Not everyone is the same, but the odds aren’t great that a receiver this year that I see us in with a shot for will stop us having to extend Adams and resign others. Again, happy if I’m wrong. 3 later round WRs would not shock me, however.

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April 06, 2021 at 09:46 am

"I think that Gute thinks that way. It would explain the rumor on Jefferson, but it was surely the thinking in Gary and Love. Positioned be darned, this player is special (in the Packers evaluation). "

I think that as part of draft prep, the war room group looks at top players and asks how far they need to fall before the opportunity is right and you make a trade up (if at all). I think that's what happened with Love.

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April 06, 2021 at 10:37 am

Think that is essentially what I’m saying. I think any draft team should do that. Of course, it depends on evaluation, but if a team believes it can acquire a true difference maker, it should. They are few and far between. I just think Gute’s been willing to be more aggressive about it than some and willing to view it over the life of the contract.

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April 06, 2021 at 10:08 am

I was not thinking of a pick to replace Davante Adams, at all. Really just looking to add quality depth, and if one of those Cadillac WRs lands in our laps, I'm fine with Gutekunst pulling that trigger. Wouldn't hurt to add that level of talent for AR as well. One of those guys who has zero problems gaining separation, completes plays, etc.

BTW, I do think there are some late round gems to be had there as well.

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April 06, 2021 at 12:31 pm

Philly blew the Jefferson pick ,as they liked Reagor's big play ability in the return game. Pederson wanted Jefferson.

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April 06, 2021 at 09:41 am

The Packers need game changers. Those guys are usually found in the earlier rounds not later. Therefore, I'm hoping that Gute goes, CB, WR and DL with our first three picks. Those are the positions where we need players who can change a game or in the case of a DL dominate a game.

I would not mind if Gute takes an OL early but I'm not sure that we need an immediate OT starter from this draft based on how well the OL performed in 2020 with numerous injuries. Wake me when it's over, then I'll check out the picks. Thanks, Since '61

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April 06, 2021 at 11:16 am

If You want to stop a offense. Take a DL. Ot won't be a popular pick if Barmore is there. And Alim McNeil is No Adams. The biggest fear, is moving Clark outside like Raji. And as the packers go lighter to get more rush. It's more then likely they get a bust. The packers have tried lighter for the last 10 years. It's Time to draft another big man or two.

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April 06, 2021 at 01:17 pm

I agree that if either Barmore or McNeil is available we should take whichever is there. Then go CB and WR with the next 2 picks.

If we go OT early especially at 29 then I also agree with your earlier post that OT would be a pick for Love and we're moving on from Rodgers. I doubt if we're getting a blue chip OT at pick #29 anyway so what would be the point if we're planning on keeping Rodgers. If we go WR in either the first or second round that would send me a more positive signal that Rodgers is still in the Packers plans. What the Packers do or don't do with D. Adams will also shed light on Rodger's future. Thanks, Since '61

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April 06, 2021 at 01:49 pm

Good point on Rodgers. But the best way to show faith in Rodgers is his contract. Same with Adams. If Gute was TT. Yes to the WR. But he isn't. Gute will sign a Free Agent first. Even trade for one. But I see the need for a Cobb who can return punts. And we just don't have one.

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April 06, 2021 at 06:39 pm

No question a contract extension for Rodgers would answer questions about Rodgers future in GB. However, I don’t think we’ll see any extension until after the draft if at all.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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April 06, 2021 at 12:37 pm

Don't count on Bhaktiari showing up until the snow flies. OT is a high priority as is CB, or we have The " Butler" scenario. He wants Savage as the slot guy. It would be a good change up and then pursue a safety like Holland in the second rd. to be the free and handle the return game.

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April 06, 2021 at 09:58 am

That is funny, Since'61 (nice finish: "Wake me when it's over.") and Coldworld. None of us saw either of Gary nor Love happening. While I believe they could be brilliant moves, there is a lot of proving left to do.

Could very easily see S, CB, DL, ILB with our first 4 picks. I'm thinking that may be the case.

I think I know where you're going, Since'61 with WR, and I would be all for that as well. While I haven't had a ton of time to pour over players, stats, video this year, seems what we want to add there is specific, and won't last long.

There might be surprise drops Day 1 that would be too good to pass up this draft. And, NONE of that has to do with OL in this draft, which can be had later due to the depth there. If they burn an early pick at RT, great. Next.

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April 06, 2021 at 10:56 am

I certainly didn’t see Gary, Love or, for that matter, Jenkins. That’s why I don’t make big bucks essentially playing a game within a game for a very good living.

Maybe there is another such player the Packers see in the draft this year that will somehow come within reach. I’m happy to record that I don’t see such a player this year at this point. If Gute does, and he proves a worthy starter this year at any position, I will be happy to be wrong.

For me, given the likely players available and a belief that the greatest immediate need is DL, and CB/DB/ILB (anything behind the DL and in front of Savage and Amos) followed by WR, I see a round one DL as a trap (light types or pure runstuffers), WR as an unnecessary leap and, to a lesser extent ILB/S as a lesser overreach. Therefore I’m hoping the draft falls such that we get a perimeter corner who could play this year and then more help in the defensive middle and go DL, OL and WR later.

Been wrong many times, but right sometimes too.

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April 06, 2021 at 11:19 am

I saw Gary. And when they said they were going to move him outside. I thought Datone Jones. I was sold on the Smiths and still am.

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April 06, 2021 at 12:04 pm

I like what you're saying here, and I believe we'll see BIG adds in our secondary, both CB and S. There are some dynamic talents there that I cannot wait to see in Green & Gold.

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April 06, 2021 at 01:35 pm

greengold I appreciate that many fans, including numerous posters here are draftniks. But there is no way I could spend parts of 3 days watching teams make their draft selections. Even if I followed college football closely and knew something about the players, which I don't, there are just so many better uses for my time.

I only care about who the Packers pick anyway since there is nothing I can about who the other teams pick or who the Packers pick for that matter. I prefer to do some research on the Packers picks after they have been chosen and go from there.

As I mentioned in my earlier post the Packers need some playmakers. If there is a WR available early with good speed and good hands let's take him. Let's pair him up with Adams and give DCs something to worry about. If we don't take a WR again I think we have a pretty strong signal that we're moving on from Rodgers sooner rather than later. We also need a CB opposite Alexander who can not only cover people but hold onto interceptions.

If we can get a DL who can hold the point of attack against the run and generate some pressure to play alongside Clark our DL with the rest of the defense can takeover a game when the offense struggles. We need football players rather than guys who might evolve into a player 3-4 seasons from now. We need to get some plays and mileage out of our draft picks before they leave in free agency. Thanks, Since '61

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April 06, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Some good thinking by many today. It's best left to chance regarding this stacked draft. Take it as it comes to you. Gute is as unpredictable as his predecessors. But what I really hope for is some team wants one of our 2 early picks more; for GB to use in the 3-5 round range. I love this drafts talent. And again, if anybody saw the NFCCG the last 2 years while going 13-3, the Packers need a better DEFENSE.
Defense wins championships. 1. OT 2. CB 3. ILB 4. DT 4. WR 5. DL 5. TE. 6. S 6. CB 7. RB . It's three 3-more weeks of guessing.
My dream draft without trades is Cosmi or Jenkins; Stokes or Molden; Barnes or Suratt; Shelvin and Eskridge; Rumpf or Toney and Mckitty; Sterns or Stevens and St Juste; Jefferson; but we know that won't happen!

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April 06, 2021 at 02:02 pm

It does appear that OL with Baks injury and unknown timetable has raised its head as at an early priority! Makes one wonder if none found and Wagner still available about possible bring him back. He was actually more than adequate or bring back Taylor.

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