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Cheese Curds: Green Bay Packers News and Links for April 13, 2015

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As the Packers prepare for the draft, they brought in a non-football player for a visit and we look at how best to analyze potential draft picks.

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The Green Bay Packers are continuing their trend of meeting with late-round or potential undrafted players in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft, and late last week they worked out an unusual prospect. Much has been made about Demetri Goodson's and Julius Peppers' basketball backgrounds, but both of them at least played Division I football in college. Kansas State forward Thomas Gipson did not.

In fact, Gipson refused to play football until just recently, a story that is intriguing and shows just how far Ted Thompson and NFL GMs in general are willing to go to find athletes and players with potential for their teams.

We have that and much more in today's curds. Enjoy!

Thompson has reasons to match Richardson offer | JSOnline
Here's the case for matching Sean Richardson's offer sheet from the Raiders. Jarrett Bush's somewhat similar situation from back in 2009 is used as reference as well.

UPDATE: Richardson told FOX Sports Wisconsin's Paul Imig this morning that the Packers did indeed match the offer sheet, meaning the safety is headed back to Green Bay for 2015.

Who has the best roster in the NFC? - NFL.com
There's a two-team top tier in the NFC, and it's easy to see why. The Packers and Seahawks look like they're head and shoulders above the rest of the conference, at least on paper.

Ted Thompson favors offense in draft - Green Bay Packers Blog - ESPN
Saying that Thompson is sure to draft more offensive players than defensive players this year is a bit of a stretch though. The breakdown is 51/44 over the past 10 years, but it's even at 19 over the last four.

Mark Murphy 'kind of snuck in the back door' | Packers.com
No, not the Mark Murphy who now runs the team as President and CEO; this is the Mark Murphy who played safety for the Packers during the 80's.

After successful Kansas State basketball career, Thomas Gipson eyes NFL | The Wichita Eagle The Wichita Eagle
It's funny how a person's opinion can change when receiving a call from an NFL team. Gipson had refused to play football his entire life until the Packers called him to ask if he would work out at tight end.

How we should really discuss NFL prospects | Senior Bowl
Instead of thinking of players based on what round they should be valued at in the draft, at least one former NFL GM looked at players in five specific tiers instead based on their projected role in the NFL.

We will pay an NFL team $1,000 to select its final draft pick - SBNation.com
This is actually a fairly brilliant idea. Not for the team that accepts it of course, but for those of us who would love to offer the same thing.