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Cheese Curds, 3/5: No time to rest between Combine and Free Agency

This year, one event essentially begins the day after the other concludes.

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In past years, NFL general managers have had a week to catch their breath after the Scouting Combine. Usually held the final full week of February, the Combine has wrapped up on a Monday and teams have about a week before the start of negotiations with free agents.

That's not so this year, as the Combine was pushed back a week. That results in an unusual and unfavorable schedule for front offices; while the Combine finishes today -- the defensive back workouts wrap up this afternoon -- the legal tampering period of free agency kicks off on Tuesday. That's just enough time to get home, get a good night's sleep, and then start making phone calls.

As a result, we at Acme Packing Company will have plenty of information and interviews to go through from the Combine, but that will have to wait a few days, as we will dive right into the free agency waters on Tuesday as well.

Here are a few nuggets of news coming out of Indianapolis and as we lead up to the start of free agency.

2017 NFL Draft Outlook |
Bob McGinn breaks down 50 of the top players in the draft with comments from scouts and breakdowns of who will be gone and who should be available when the Packers are on the clock at pick #29.

Eddie Jackson grateful for friendship with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix |
The Alabama teammates remain close off the field, as Ha Ha was a bit of a mentor for the young Jackson a few years ago.

Incomparable Micah Hyde set to cash in, with Packers or elsewhere - ESPN
Hyde can't really compare himself to anyone else in the NFL, and that makes judging his market difficult to do. As Hyde himself notes, he plays more positions - special teams and otherwise - than just about anyone else.

Julius Peppers plans to play 16th NFL season -
The big question now is whether Peppers will play it in Green Bay or elsewhere?

Myles Garrett is so good, nobody knows who to compare him to -
Garrett had an awesome day on Sunday, running the 40 in 4.64 seconds and posting a 41" vertical. If the Browns have a shred of intelligence, they'll draft him number one without a second thought.