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Packers Daily Links: Le'Veon Bell Named as Potential First-Round Pick for Green Bay

Despite not being highly rated by many NFL Draft pundits, Bill Huber of Packer Report interviewed several NFL scouts who give glowing reviews to Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell and name him as the Packers' potential first-round draft choice. “He’s the most logical pick that they could make,” a scout is quoted as saying. “He’s better by leaps and bounds than any back in the draft. I don’t think there’s a more complete running back in the draft. Don’t look at the stats: This kid can catch with the best of them.” Admittedly, it's out-of-the-box thinking, but I could see this happening. I've always been impressed with Bell's ability to gain yards after contact, and he would be a terrific complement to DuJuan Harris.

Newly signed Packers kicker Giorgio Tavecchio had an interview with Fox Sports Wisconsin in which he talked about about the process of being signed as a free agent since being released from the San Francisco 49ers last year. "I was trying to keep in touch with teams and stay on the radar," Tavecchio is quoted as saying by Paul Imig. "Unfortunately, there were no bites and no interest at the time. But I kept in shape and feel like I've improved a lot since leaving the 49ers. I've fine-tuned the things that I was working on." Tavecchio would appear to be a long shot to unseat Mason Crosby from his job as kicker, although not entirely out of the realm of possibility. A better option might be to find one of this year's top kickers coming out of college.

In a blog post over at JSOnline, Tom Silverstein speculates how a new contract signed by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews could affect the Packers' salary cap. "If the Packers eat up $18 million of cap with Rodgers' new deal and $8 million with Matthews', they still have $6.66 million of cap room to do other business," writes Silverstein. "Applying that much cap charge to 2013 will help the Packers stay under the cap in future years." The Packers will no doubt try to front-load the contracts of Rodgers and Matthews as much as possible, but they're still going to have large salary-cap figures in future years regardless. The Packers may also try to structure their contracts in such a way that their salary-cap figures are big in 2015 when the cap is expected to expand.

After days of speculation, former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn has officially been traded from the Seattle Seahawks to the Oakland Raiders. "The Raiders are led by general manager Reggie McKenzie, who was a director of personnel for the Packers when Flynn had a productive game in a near-upset at New England in 2010 and a record-setting game in the 2011 finale against Detroit," writes the Associated Press. I have no reason to think any less of Flynn now than when he left Green Bay a year ago. He simply lost out on the starting job to a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in Russell Wilson. Flynn can still be a very capable quarterback for Oakland, especially at the price of a couple of mid-round draft picks.

More on Matt Flynn comes from Fox Sports Wisconsin.

Packer Report lists the important dates in the Packers' offseason program and gives a history of the 26th selection in the first round of the NFL Draft.

West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson is interviewed by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline about wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

A couple of posts over at has a Packers-specific mock draft and some draft prospects who fit into a 3-4 defense.

Defensive line prospects in the NFL Draft get some attention over at the Packers official website.

Former Packers running back Travis Jervey has been named to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame.

Video: Cheesehead TV's own Aaron Nagler talks to Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb...

Brian Carriveau is the author of "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Pack Morris's picture

Anyone else read the Tavecchio quotes with a Super Mario accent? Maybe some day I'll grow up.

Evan's picture

Why bother.


MarkinMadison's picture

I'm a Bell fan, but I'd be shocked if the Packers picked him in the first. There is really no reason to think that more than one back will go in the first, if any. If Bell is gone by the time the Packers pick in the second round they could still pick up another back with a similar skill set. Better to go for a premier safety or to go DL in the first.

Evan's picture

For half a second I was torn on the prospect of taking a RB at 26, but I quickly snapped out of it. I'm with you. Safety or DL.

NoWayJose's picture

Whoa... a Travis Jersey reference.

Evan's picture

As for that mock draft. With the caveat that nothing TT does will surprise me, I'm fairly confident a CB in the first round is not happening.

Stroh's picture

Completely agree! No way Thompson uses a 1st on a CB. I hated that mock draft.

Ma Linger's picture

Wow. Picking a guy, a running back at that, that no one is talking about, on no one's radar, to a team that has a ton of holes that need filling and only 8 late round picks to fill them with.
Ya that's a no-brain er. This guy definitely will go to the Pack at 26. Ted can then justify to Bell, hell your lucky you got drafted, your not getting first round money pal. We don't have any first round money.

Jamie's picture

Not sure what u were going for there, but it was extremely lame

Morgan Mundane's picture

Let me just say that first, with Rogers getting 25 mil and Mathews come up the rear, Ted will trade his first pick for a second and third if he can or a second and fourth. People need to understand that the Packs first ain't that valuable its at the end of the round were the so so could be bust players reside.
I still am waiting for Perry to put on his first round big boy pants and show something. I knew there may be problems whenever they use the word 'potential' with someone.
The Vikes drafted Cahill and they did not use the word potential but pro bowl quality player.
Ted drafts potential the Vikes draft pro bowlers.

Stroh's picture

Its Kalil, and in this draft he would have been the #1 overall pick, much different than the #26 pick the Packers own. I think Thompson would love to move back a bout 8-10 spots to the top of the 2nd, but I don't think there'll be many teams interested in moving up. The players from 20 to 40+ are all very similar grades. And I don't know if any late 1st QB's will be left that will tempt a team to move up for them.

Evan's picture

You're waiting for Perry to show you April? You might be waiting a while.

And bust players only reside at the end of the first round?

At least Cow has a semblance of intelligence behind his trolling.

jmac34's picture

there is quite a difference between the 3rd overall pick (kalil) vs a 28th pick (Perry). The top 3-5 guys are expected to be pro bowl type player while guys who are picked in the late first have the potential to be pro bowl players. Expecting a top 5 guy to be there at 28 is rediculous.

Norm's picture

Are you serious, one pro bowler,because they have a crappy record and always draft high,PONDER, there was a great pick.

MarkinMadison's picture

No busts at the top of the draft? Pro Bowlers reside there? OK, let's look back for 25 years and see what names pop up.

AJ Hawk #5 - no pro bowls.

Justin Harrell #16 - nuf said.

Jamal Reynolds #10 - no pro bowls (hell, did he even start?)

Bubba Franks - he made a pro bowl as
Farve's red zone guy once or so, I believe, but in his time he was just as disappointing as Hawk.

Terrell Buckley # 5 - nuf said.

Tony Mandritch #2 - nuf said.

Brent Fullwood #4 - who? Sorry, too far back for me. I didn't pay much attention to the pros until the 90s; I grew up in Iowa.

v. CM3 #26, Rodgers #24 by TT at the bottom of the 1st, with the jury still out on Bulaga, Sherrod and Perry.

TT isn't perfect but he is not dumb either. He can find value at the bottom of the 1st. Probably more so than most GMs.

mark's picture

You know who else is a potential 1st round pick for the Packers?

Everyone eligible for the NFL draft.

mark's picture

"they still have $6.66 million of cap room to do other business"

YES...THE DEVIL'S BUSINESS!!!! Sign Lucifer!!! Nobody would call our defense soft if we had somebody who could literally prey on the souls of opposing QBs. Just saying...

Brian's picture

I thout Lucifer was coaching the Patriots already.

Drealyn Williams's picture

Now,I like Bell but I was never pushing for him to become the Pack's 1st round pick. Maybe they plan on trading down. But I knew I wasn't crazy campaigning for Bell. I felt like the only Cheesehead on this site that had him ranked top 3 in this year's RB class. I forgot who I was going back and forth with on here,but I hope he read this article.

2 share owner's picture

I believe it was Stroh, although I could mistaken. I like him alot too but not in the first.

Stroh's picture

Think it might have been. I'm not a big fan of Bell. Good RB but he doesn't do much for me and everything I've seen has Bell as a 3rd or 4th. I've watched my share of him too. I would take Lacy before him for sure and Ball too for that matter.

MarkinMadison's picture

I think you and I had a little back and forth about Bell too. I really like his size and skill set. I think you felt like his power was not what it should be for his size. Just from watching the Badger/Spartan games, I'm actually more of a Bell fan than a Ball fan for the next level. But I think the Packers could take Lacy, Bell, Ball and potentially a couple of other guys and be happy. Any of them would be an upgrade at the position and has the potential to be a three-down back.

Drealyn Williams's picture

That's what I see in Bell. Thick,quick,GOOD hands,excels in pass pro and he's a 3-down back. No concerning character or injury issues.

Stroh's picture

While I think they'll take a RB I want to see a healthy Green. Last year he clearly wasn't recovered from the ACL. He didn't have any explosiveness or confidence in the knee. I still think he could be the full time RB, hopefully this year. As Green got more and more snaps you could also see he didn't have his conditioning back to pre-injury levels. I think its entirely too soon to write off Green based on the limited games played while still recovering from ACL surgery. Just like Sherrod might be stepping up this year, so could Green and it wouldn't surprise me if the Pack went w/ Harris, Green and Stark again this year.

Drealyn Williams's picture

I'm a fan of Green as well. I really want to like Starks,but he always seems hurt. Always. I think Green and/or Harris would really excel if the Pack had an all-around Feature Back. They're not #1 guys.

Stroh's picture

I think Green has a chance to be a feature back. Or at the very least he and Harris would be a good RB by committee. It might be smart to draft another RB but it also might not be necessary.

mike's picture

Lattimore in the second round.

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