I looked at the late first-round talent of the last five drafts. With the exception of 2017 (White, Watt, and Ramczyk), the talent after pick 20 really drops off in recent history. I’m normally not a “trade-up-guy” but if history holds true, and we have two firsts we could parlay into a potential top 10 pick, I’m now interested. Imagine getting a top 10 edge rusher to pair with our current LBs and a DC who knows LBs, a top DT, or RT. Atlanta is rebuilding and might want more picks.
This isn’t a normal draft, though. This is almost like a “super” draft because of the number of players who stayed in school after the pandemic year. If Gutekunst wants to trade up, I say go for it. The proof is in the pudding. But if the Packers choose to stand pat, there’s no reason for panic.
Gary from Bear Valley, WI
Thank you for the knowledge the two of you give us about football and life. I’m disappointed about the Davante Adams trade but looking forward to seeing how the Packers resolve the WR issue. If Julio Jones is available at a good price, I would like to see a one-year deal for him and draft receivers in the first two rounds of the draft. What say you? If the Packers and Raiders meet in the Super Bowl, would it be acceptable for No. 12 to throw a pass to No. 17 during warmups?
I’m not the type of writer who often stumps for the Packers to sign a veteran receiver, but I still think one would make a lot of sense, especially during the first half of the season when the rookies are getting caught up to speed on the offense. Whether that player would be Jones, Sammy Watkins or Don Hutson, your guess is as good as mine.
II, have you ever seen as many staggering contracts as happened this offseason? Aaron Rodgers, Adams, Hill, Howard, Watson, Diggs, on and on and on. Where’s the Monopoly money coming from? Can it all be the prospect of more cap space next year? How are teams going to build rosters around these monster deals? Serenity now.
Adams, Hill and Diggs are three of the top five receivers in the game. It only makes sense they get paid like it. The difference I’ve noticed this year is how much money that next tier of receivers is getting. I don’t blame them. You take what the market is paying you, but the cap hasn’t risen so much that those numbers are comfortable fits. I’ll be curious to see what happens in Year 2 and 3 of those deals.
Neil from Tunbridge Wells, UK
When players are invited to pre-draft interviews, are we genuine or in some cases winding up other teams to trade up?
I can’t think of any examples where that’s happened. In fact, I think Jaire Alexander and Darnell Savage previously talked about not having many conversations with the Packers heading into the draft. While Green Bay brings in more highly touted prospects these days, it still uses those allocations to learn more about overlooked prospects who might be drafted in the middle-to-late rounds.
In regards extending players before free agency, I get why the team wants to do it. Lock the player up as soon as you can, as affordably as you can. From the player perspective, I get waiting until free agency, and then look for the most money. But on the flip side, the great players are also only one significant injury from getting no contract at all. How much does that factor into it for the players? Are they trying to get injury wording into contracts?
Some prefer the bird in the hand and leave some money on the table in favor of long-term security. Others roll the dice and bet on themselves to have a career year and cash in. Players have to do what’s best for them and their families. Leaguewide, there is a growing push for more guaranteed money in contracts. In the wake of Deshaun Watson’s deal with Cleveland, I can’t see any franchise quarterback not asking for a fully guaranteed contract moving forward.
Teams are able to extend a fifth-year option on first-round draft picks. For the teams that have multiple first-round draft picks, is it limited to only one of those draft picks?
Any first-round selection still on his rookie deal is eligible for the fifth-year option. So, the Packers can exercise the option on both Savage and Rashan Gary if they so choose.
Michael from Fort Wayne, IN
There seems to be a degree of panic from some Packer faithful about Rodgers having several new players in the receiving room this year. I wonder, though, if having new toys to play with and a new challenge may even invigorate him?
That’s what I would expect. We don’t know what’s going to happen a few weeks from now. The next Davante Adams might be in this year’s draft and could become an All-Pro receiver that Rodgers finishes his career throwing to.
That list of WRs in the 2014 draft with Adams is a real eye opener. Paul Richardson was the one that made me chuckle though. Add in Jarvis Landry and Allen Robinson taken right after Davante as well.
Spoff’s comment brought back a lot of memories of that draft class. The receiver picks were all over the map. Fortunately, the Packers got the best of the bunch in 2014.