Packers 2020 NFL Draft – 10 Last-Minute Whispers, Predictions and Opinions

Once again, we resume our annual tradition of draft day pontification on what may happen or should happen for the Packers in this year's draft.  

Of course, all is dependent on who is available when, but over the last eight years, the Draft Whisperer correctly identified these players as being of great interest to the Packers: Derrick Sherrod, Randall Cobb, Casey Hayward, Terrell Manning, BJ Coleman, Johnathan Franklin. Brett Hundley, Jason Spriggs, Blake Martinez, Kevin King, Jamal Williams, Josh Jackson, and probably some others I don't remember. 

Alas, the whisperer is retiring from the game, so this will sadly be the last time that when he whispers, I listen.

Here's my list:

1) Opinion: The Packers HAVE TO (I said HAVE TO) draft a WR in one of the first two rounds.

2) Prediction: I'm still flummoxed that the Packers didn't bring in one of the many free agent DL that were available at affordable cost. Thus, I would not be shocked to see them take a DL with the first pick.

3) Whisper:  Speaking of Defensive Linemen, I'm told the Packers have done extra homework on Alabama DL Raekwon Davis.

4) Opinion:  There are several  development right-tackle prospects that should be available in Rounds 3-4. My dream would be for Lucas Niang to fall (has some medical concerns), otherwise I like Robert Hunt (who could also move to guard), Matt Peart, Saahdiq Charles and Alex Taylor.

5) Prediction: The Packers WILL NOT draft a quarterback on days one or two of the draft. 

6) Whisper: WIth consideration to who they think will be available at #30, the Packers have shown heavy interest in Denzel Mims and Brandon Aiyuk.

7) Opinion: The Packers SHOULD NOT draft a quarterback on days one or two of the draft unless they pick up another 3rd round pick, then a run at Jalen Hurts would be ok.

8) Prediction: Gutey will have our writing team scambling to keep up and keep track of which pick got traded where. I expect 2-3 trades at a minimum.

9) Whisper: While the Packers love Kenneth Murray the person, they would take Patrick Queen if they had a choice. Packers feel Patrick Queen has the higher ceiling and will have the better/longer NFL career.

10) Opinion:  I'm fine if the Packers ignore the tight end position in this draft, although I expect they'll look for an H-back / special teams contributor type in the last two rounds.

Let the Draft Begin!

And don't forget to check out our live draft coverage tonight on our YouTube Channel. Some very special guests may be popping in...

 

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"Jersey Al" Bracco is the Editor-In-Chief, part owner and wearer of many hats for CheeseheadTV.com and PackersTalk.com. He is also a recovering Mason Crosby truther.  Follow Al on twitter at @JerseyalGBP

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:08 pm

FWIW...rumors of Packers looking for a trade-up partner...

https://www.profootballrumors.com/2020/04/jets-saints-packers-looking-to...

Thanks, Al. It's not draft day without this article!

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:19 pm

Saw that. My guess: Jefferson, Murray/Queen, Ezra Cleveland (please, no), or Jeudy if he falls due to knee.

This must be a player they’re targeting in the late teens, early twenties.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:25 pm

Rumor has it Javon Kinlaw is sliding on some boards. Do I buy it? No. But he'd be a nice get.

It could be that it's just a contingency just-in-case as opposed to having a player they're jumping ahead for.

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flackcatcher's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:12 pm

Most of this is coming from the Jets front office. They are notorious for this sort of spin. Rapport is just as bad when it comes to being their PR conduit. Saints-Packers, are two of the tightest organizations in the league. They don't talk or do 'leaks' period. Some teams like the Cowboys and the Jets love their preplanned leaks. But Packers-Saints, no way. Both GMs are old school.

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JerseyAl's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:40 pm

I appreciate that, but this is the last one. Whisperer had the nerve to retire!

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TheVOR's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:04 pm

Please God, don't trade up and screw over another draft.

Here's an example. The Packers in 2019 don't draft Gary at 12, instead trade back 5 - 8 positions and pick up another #2. They Pick Savage who they apparently we're in love with, with that pick. They still have the Saints #1, they have 2x of the #2's, and a 3rd round draft pick. In other words they would have had 5 selections in the first 76 picks in the draft.

Tell me that wouldn't have equaled a far better result than whoring away picks to move up to take Savage, and of course the horrible selection of Gary. I wouldn't call Gary a bust, I'd simply state he'll never live up to the mess that drafting him, and trading up for Savage did to the 2019 draft. What a complete debacle by the Packers that draft was.. Could have had amazing additions to this roster by simply trading out of 12. Instead, we're boned..

If he trades up in this draft I'll be hugely bummed out. We need so much on this roster, trading up again will devastate the draft IMO.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 23, 2020 at 08:57 pm

Moving Up is the best move to bag a playmaker.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:11 pm

I'd love to see Murray or Queen in the first and a WR in the second. Good point on taking a development right-tackle in Rounds 3-4. Packers have been very good at finding starting O-linemen in the mid-rounds (as they have WRs in round 2). Draft is finally here! Wish my family was as excited as I am!

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optimisticfan's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:52 pm

Hope that the whisper comment on Mims or Aiyuk is about taking them at 30, not trading up for them. I have this unsettling worry that Gute will reach to go up to the low 20s to secure “his guy” that he thinks won’t drop when he could just stay pat and get that same guy (Aiyuk or Mims or whomever) or many other quality players at 30. Trading up for Justin Jefferson or someone really good who slides makes some sense but please don’t reach. The draft capital/ opportunities lost in a deep 2-3 round will bite us in 2-3 years.

Here’s hoping the whisperer has not whispered all he knows and the Packers either:
1) Move out of the first round to pick up an extra 2nd and 4th (or whatever the appropriate deal is). Then get Davon Hamilton or Raekwon Davis DL, or CB or OT with one of the second round picks and a WR with the other
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2) Take one of these starter ready great value players at 30 if no trade:
AJ Epenesa (use inside/out on D line), Jeff Gladney (CB), Josh Jones (OT), Cesar Ruiz (let Taylor go this year? and move on from Linsley next year)

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dfarmer's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:42 pm

Why is no one talking about a possible trade using a 4 or maybe 3rd round pick for O J Howard?? Tampa can't need him..

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:07 pm

Only for a 4th. He doesn’t know the offense and has one year left if you don’t pick up the option. Remember, there may not be any learning time this year.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:12 pm

Bucs have said they don't want to deal him.

...but I'm guessing they'll listen to offers on Cameron Brate.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 23, 2020 at 04:54 pm

I am hoping for a WR, DL, OT and and ILB in the first 4 rounds.

I have put together scenarions for players I think fit the Packers profile and without a drade down and gaining an additional pick in the 2-3 range I cant see any of my scenarios coming through.

Guys I would like to see in G&G come Sunday morning...

Denzel Mims
Austin Jackson
Luke Wilson
Davon Hamilton or Raekwon Davis

Further down the draft order, I would love to see the G&G get some of these guys...

John Hightower or Antonio Gibson or Gabriel Davis
Javon Leake
Dalton Keene
Shane Lemieux
Reggie Robinson
Benito Jones
Stephen Sullivan
Raekwon Williams

Cant wait to see how it all shakes out!

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:13 pm

Someone pointed out that late round picks are more a crapshoot than usual this year. The goal is to get known commodities and ready-to-play picks rather than projects and unknowns. Favors the trade up scenarios.

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hobowilly's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:14 pm

JB! like it but who is Luke Wilson? You mean of the Seahawks, or did you mean Logan Wilson ILB from Wyoming? Aren't we all fascinated with what Gutey's big board could be? but suffice it to say, there will be 3-5 players GB covets when the ball drops @ 30. He may well "reach" if he see's his mid first round guy last to the early 20's and trade up to snag him--who that is really is ponderous. If he reaches and gives away his #30, then so be it, his group IMHO are a lot smarter than we fans. I'm betting he waits until round 2 to snag a WR. His guy could be a WR, but i think he should go for a big man or an ILB personally with his first selection.

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murf7777's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:16 pm

If they did there homework on R. Davis they will find his production fell off in his junior and senior years and is said to be immature. Take a pass please!

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stockholder's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:13 pm

2nd That!

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Leatherhead's picture

April 23, 2020 at 08:05 pm

Immaturity isn’t necessarily a fatal disease. I put him towards the end of the third. Around 86. I think Hamilton and others at 62 would be better.

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BoCallahan's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:22 pm

When I get flummoxed I use Kaopectate, the minty kind. The orange stuff does things to me. Hope the Whisperer feels better before the draft starts!

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:13 pm

Somewhere out there, TKstinator just smirked...

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:12 pm

I passed along your "just saying" comment to TK. I will take a pass on passing along this Kaopectate dropping.

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:33 pm

Say "hi." Miss him around here!

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hobowilly's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:29 pm

folks, i was doing more draft guide research. Kiper Jr's last mock had GB picking TE Kemet from the golden dome at #30. That's really idiotic. Draft guide analyst Paul G lists him as the 33rd best player in the draft but even though Jacob W lists Kemet as the second best TE in his TE analysis, Paul G doesn't list Jacob's first selection of TE Brycen Hopkins in his top 100. Perhaps Paul doesn't like Boilermakers but i find something has gone missing here. Is Hopkins out of the draft?! BTW, how could Kiper possibly think TE is a big need for GB? I wonder what he thought of ole JGraham sliding over to da bears!

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Dragon5's picture

April 23, 2020 at 08:00 pm

I have faith in Tonyan...thought he would jump last year. I question whether being stuck behind Graham last year was more political as Gute would have had to fall on his sword if they moved Tonyan ahead on the depth chart...hopefully spending another offseason living with George Kittle will get him further along in his development...you couldn't ask for a better (currently active) TE mentor.

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Handsback's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:36 pm

OM, just saw MM in the parking lot of an apartment building near Jerry's World. I asked if he was ready for the draft and I told him I was a Green Bay fan. He said "what would you think if they got a QB in the first round?".
I'm just kidding....have to let loose some levity every now and then. I'm ready for the draft. I don't care what the Packers do, I will be fine with it and hope that the players make all-pro multiple times.

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PackfanNY's picture

April 23, 2020 at 05:56 pm

To Jersey Al and all the people who worked on it. THANKS to all of you who put the Packer Draft Guide together. I have it open and refer to it over and over again.

This Draft more than any other is a huge distraction from everything else going on. The Draft Guide is a great reference tool to track what is going on. Go Pack Go!

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mnbadger's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:01 pm

I saw MM too. He was at a walmart in DePere, WI.
I asked about his plans for tonight's draft. He said, and I quote "it's tonight?"
I will say he had great pad level.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:09 pm

Raekwon Davis would be a nice pick at the end of the second. I think there is a lot to like there. Could really be a nice running mate in the middle. Size, agility. I think he would be an upgrade by 2021 for sure. I doubt that he has the strength to be a difference maker this year.

I don't think there is any good reason for the Packers to spend capital moving up. Just me.

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cheesehead1's picture

April 23, 2020 at 06:33 pm

I’d like to fix ILB once and for all. If Murray is as good as advertised then move up (within reason)and fix this position. IMO, defense in most instances still wins out. You can’t expect Rodgers and company to put up 35+ every game. Good luck Gute and hope things fall your way.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:15 pm

7:14 and no picks yet. Molasses.

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Qoojo's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:29 pm

Some site was saying Packers are looking for a partner so they can move up. But I am sure everyone else has read that story by now.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:57 pm

Moving up makes sense if you want Murray. He won’t last until 30.

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:39 pm

Packers will trade out of first round and take a corner and a O tackle in the 2 Nd round.

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Dragon5's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:45 pm

Prefer to trade back Rd1, but if there's not a deal worthy of falling back, gimme Mims or Aiyuk, both 11 life path WRs. Despite being highly prized prospects among the Packer Nation, I have future injury concern for both LB Murray & WR Jefferson being born on 16th (7 energy).

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Gman1976's picture

April 23, 2020 at 07:59 pm

Thank you whisper for spilling your secrets one last time.

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FootballGuy's picture

April 23, 2020 at 09:25 pm

picked cd lam

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 09:36 pm

Interesting. Murray, Queen, Jefferson still available.

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:10 pm

Nice job Gute not trading up for Murray , Queen still there , how about it , but I doubt you do .

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:26 pm

Gute is a F ..Ning idiot , taking a QB when Queen was on the board. What a JO

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm

What a complete joke this team has become.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:30 pm

I would like to be an early member of the Fire Gute club

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

Why is this different than Pack selecting Rodgers?

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leche's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:42 pm

NM

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:42 pm

Maybe they think Rodgers is done. LaFleur looked really happy. Is this Rodgers’ final year in GB?

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HankScorpio's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:44 pm

Rodgers was in the discussion for #1 overall. Love was 4th best in the class.

They didn't trade up---jumping teams that had no earthly need for a QB---to get Rodgers.

Rodgers is not doing the retirement dance each and every year, like Favre was doing

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April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

For the second year in a row, I am completely mystified. Trade up for a QB. Tough one to understand.

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leche's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:34 pm

Gute needs to walk into traffic...

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Tundraboy's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:38 pm

Holy crap! Didn't see that coming.. no mistaking the elephant in the room now. Can't wait to see and hear what Rodgers's reactions are . Got to admit Gute's got balls.

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Cubbygold's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:45 pm

He has to be floored. Having a replacement plan won't piss him off as much as the fact that they chose not to go get a weapon to win now. Trading a late draft pick for Rosen, or using a mid round pick on a QB would have been acceptable to Rodgers I think. Trading up to get a QB... Slap in the face. Would not shock me to see him demand a trade

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dobber's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:46 pm

Light a fire under his ass...put that chip back on his shoulder.

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Dragon5's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:39 pm

I feel bad for Gute's kids...if Belichick passes on [email protected], what does that tell you?

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splitpea1's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:39 pm

Inexcusable. Of all the holes that needed to be filled, our brilliant GM does THIS in the first round?? And we lose a fourth-rounder, too? You've got to be kidding.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:56 pm

Gute did the same thing last year to move up for Savage. He just doesn't get the draft.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:42 pm

This is the single stupidest draft move EVER.

UI cannot believe that this idiot GM did this to this team.

What a complete idiot.

At least do it for a player that is good at his position.

I am soooo sick of being a fan of the dumbest team in the league.

I have over 55 years invested in the Packers but this idiot gutter-cunt is moving me away from this team.

First Howdy-Doody keeps the addled brain TT around for 5 years too many, then he hires this brain dead idiot and lets him choose the players in the draft. LOSER - FAIL.

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sonomaca's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:44 pm

They were in the NFC championship game. That said, they are not close to the Niners, and won’t in the next two years. This is clearly the beginning of a rebuild.

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Cubbygold's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:43 pm

So when is the Rodgers to NE trade being announced?

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:49 pm

Patriots or 49 ers, it’s coming, at least Rodgers will get another ring just not on the Packers.

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AgrippaLII's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm

You've got to be kidding me! Could've got this guy at #30 and saved your picks!

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Lphill's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:46 pm

I have been saying Gute won’t fix the run , Queen on the board but let’s waste the first round pick on a QB , I posted earlier Ravens always take linebackers they must have been shocked the Packers move up and leave Queen for the taking. Please trade Rodgers to a contender so he can get another ring.

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Difer's picture

April 23, 2020 at 10:59 pm

Stunning lapse of judgment. This will be a wasted draft. Too bad for Rodgers. He should call it a great career and retire with dignity. Time to move on from this clown show.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 23, 2020 at 11:53 pm

The think the Whiperer got cut.

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Archie's picture

April 24, 2020 at 12:12 am

I'm sooo angry I can't talk. Love has to turn out as good as Mahomes for this move to make sense.

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