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Cheese Curds, 4/20: Packers’ needs & plans with 7 days to the NFL Draft

We expect Ted Thompson to focus on the defense early, but there should be a couple of offensive players coming to Green Bay after next weekend.

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Seven days to go.

It may still seem like an eternity, but there finally are just seven more days until the start of the 2017 NFL Draft. As a result, the rumors are swirling more crazily than ever and teams’ rosters are being broken down farther than ever before.

For the Green Bay Packers, we continue to find examinations of the roster and the team’s needs in the draft, and we find that, for the first time in a long time, I actually agree with a certain NFL writer on something involving the team.

Meanwhile, Bob McGinn’s draft series is well underway and we look at how the Packers might address a couple of specific positions, particularly receiver and running back.

It’s all here in Thursday’s curds.

Packers could add receiver early or late in draft |

The receiver position is a sneaky need in Green Bay, with Jordy Nelson getting older, Randall Cobb not living up to his big contract, and Davante Adams set to be a free agent this time next year.

Ranking the NFL draft prospects: Running backs |

Bob McGinn’s rankings (and more importantly the quotes from his scouts and other sources) are here. Some good ones: “he’s a midget but he is exciting;” “generic, herky-jerky;” and “can’t pass-block me.” Also notable are some of the names that Bob has outside his top 13, guys like Jeremy McRoberts and Brian Hill who might be good fits for the Packers.

Green and Bold: Defense or Bust in Round 1 | CheeseheadTV

Does anybody really want the Packers to draft offense at #29?

Every NFL Team's Biggest Draft Need | The MMQB with Peter King

I agree with Andy Benoit on something involving the Green Bay Packers (namely that edge rusher is the team's biggest need). Are we in some sort of parallel universe? Probably not, because he’s still losing his mind every few days over Ty Montgomery being allowed to wear number 88.

Packers should (but won’t) trade for Mychal Kendricks | Packers Wire

The discussions of Kendricks' fit in Green Bay never seem to stop, so the question I have is this: why does there always seem to be talk about the Eagles being willing to get rid of him?

Pats sign Super Bowl hero James White to extension -

White cashed in on his big Super Bowl performance with a three-year, $12 million contract with nearly $5 million guaranteed. Not bad for the former Badger!

Phil Simms will stay with CBS as an analyst on ‘NFL Today’ -

The good news is that if you don't watch pregame shows, you can fully avoid listening to Simms from now on.