Matt Flynn has departed as expected, and he's going to get a chance to win a starting QB job with the Seattle Seahawks. In today's Green Bay Packers news and links, ESPN's NFC North Blog speculates that he's not going to be worth a 3rd round compensatory pick, which is sure to get everyone mad. We also have some NFL draft stuff and a very interesting speculative post on A.J. Hawk potentially being replaced a year from now.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock has his top five players at each position. Of note: He has potential 3-4 DE Fletcher Cox higher than Michael Brockers. No way Cox drops to 28. He has Andre Branch, Ronnell Lewis and Nick Perry in his top DEs and OLBs.
An interesting post on how the Packers have been drafting for future needs, not current needs. The writer makes the case for the selection of Dont'a Hightower if Pittsburgh passes on him. I don't think Pittsburgh passes and I disagree with the conclusion about Hightower taking over for Hawk, but this is well-written and well-argued.
A great piece on center Scott Wedige of Northern Illinois. A lot of people think he's going to make an NFL roster. Could be a great late-round pickup for someone.
Kevin Seifert speculates that Flynn might be worth a 4th round compensatory pick, not a 3rd rounder as we previously assumed.
More from around SB Nation after the jump
Fooch is pumped.
BTB concludes that Pool's a good pickup and that he will help in pass coverage, but that he's more or less deficient against the run. Sounds about right to me.
Don't get mad at the headline. They think Flynn is going to win the competition, but Jackson is going to be given a chance on Day 1 of training camp.
The Patriots still have a ton of work to do this offseason, even though they've made a few solid pickups already.