Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for May 8, 2014

Andy Lyons

It's finally here. The wait is finally (almost) over.

Mock drafts can finally stop today. Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft is upon us, and we'll be spending the day getting ready for round one. By now, you should have all the information a person could possibly need on what the Packers need and how the draft will go*, so let's just sit back, wait a few more agonizing hours, and get it started.

* Nobody's mock drafts will be remotely correct. Except Bob McGinn's, which we'll get to in a second.

Aside from draft news, the Green Bay Packers have announced the date of the annual Shareholders' meeting, which you'll find is near the end of July, as usual. It's that and draft prep in the final round of curds before round one begins.

Packers Annual Meeting of Shareholders set for July 24 | Packers.com
Get this on your calendars now, Packers owners. 11 AM Central, July 24th - and it will be right around the time that the renovated Atrium is open as well.

How NFL teams ignore basic economics and draft players irrationally - Vox
Perhaps Ted Thompson has a background in economics and we didn't know it...it would make sense considering how often Thompson has traded back as a GM.

Bob McGinn's top 100 NFL draft board - JSOnline
Bob is consistently the best at picking the top 100 players who will go in the draft. A few surprising names (in my opinion at least) here are Brent Urban (DE-Virginia), Kevin Norwood (WR-Alabama), Shamar Stephen (DT-UConn), and Rashaad Reynolds (CB-Oregon State).

Packers mining for gold with 21st pick in NFL draft | JSOnline
2013 missed tackles: C.J. Mosley 2, Ryan Shazier 12. That in a nutshell is why I'd prefer Mosley if I have a choice between the two.

NFL Draft: Ready for anything | ESPN Wisconsin
This recaps the 1996 draft (which Ted Thompson discussed in his press conference earlier this week) when the Packers were surprised by Ray Lewis not falling to them with the 27th pick, forcing them to scramble. You can bet that Ted Thompson won't make the mistake of ignoring his draft board like they did that year when they drafted OT John Michels.

What Off-Season? Draft’s Growth Means N.F.L. Has No Downtime - NYTimes.com
Goodell on possibly moving the draft back again: "What would be good from a fan standpoint obviously has to work from a football standpoint in order to make the event bigger and more popular." IT WOULDN'T BE GOOD FROM A FOOTBALL STANDPOINT.

Chart Party: The Chiefs do not know how to draft quarterbacks - SBNation.com
QBs drafted by the Packers since 1984 have the 4th-most wins of any franchise. This includes names like Don Majkowski and Aaron Rodgers, but also Aaron Brooks, Mark Brunell and Matt Hasselbeck, who had success elsewhere. In fact, Hasselbeck has the most wins of any of these QBs with 80, followed closely by Brunell's 78.

Richard Sherman signs 4-year extension with Seahawks, becomes top-paid CB - Field Gulls
Well isn't that nice. $40 million guaranteed? Yikes.

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