Green Bay Packers fans: we all agree that edge rusher is a need for the Packers, right? Behind Nick Perry and Clay Matthews are a host of unproven players, and an infusion of talent seems absolutely necessary to ensure that this defense can adequately pressure opposing quarterbacks.
Where we can disagree is on who is the best fit for the Packers at the 29th pick on the edge. Lately, Missouri’s Charles Harris seems to be picking up steam as a 3-4 outside linebacker. In fact, more and more in the past few days, we are seeing reports that he is viewed more highly than Tennessee’s Derek Barnett, who was thought to be one of the top players coming into the draft process.
Then there are names like Takkarist McKinley and T.J. Watt, who are talented players in their own right. In today’s curds, we see how they stack up on one person’s board (which is a compilation of many, many boards and interviews with scouts). I suspect that if everyone ranks their top five, we’ll have many, many different sets of rankings. So take to the comments and let’s find out!
Players that might fit at pick No. 29 | Packers.com
Old cranky guy article number one: Vic Ketchman takes another mailbag and this time he makes the argument that the ACC is the best conference in college football.
Ranking the NFL draft prospects: Linebackers | Packersnews.com
Old cranky guy article number two: Bob McGinn presents anonymous scout quotes on the linebackers in this year's draft. One scout says Florida's Jarrad Davis is his "favorite player in the draft," and Missouri's Charles Harris comes in as the top-ranked outside linebacker in the class, ahead of Takkarist McKinley and Derek Barnett.
Vince Lombardi-era players dominate best draft picks for Packers - ESPN
ESPN breaks down the Packers' best picks by position. Some notable names: Bart Starr and Aaron Rodgers (of course), James Lofton, Forrest Gregg, Jerry Kramer, Jim Ringo, Ray Nitschke...yeah, you see the trend here.
Report: Packers one of 4 teams most interested in Joe Mixon | Packers Wire
Take this report with a grain of salt, since we don't really know what the team is thinking. After all, Ted Thompson once famously said that "I'm the only inside information, and I'm not telling anybody."
Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a diluted sample at the NFL Combine - SBNation.com
Peppers, along with Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, had a dilute sample, which his agency says was due to him being pumped with fluids because he was feeling sick.
NFL teams shouldn't be locked in on guard for Forrest Lamp | PFF
If you love Lamp, you probably love Lamp at guard. Perhaps his short arms aren't that big a deal after all?
Giants to exercise 5th-year option on Odell Beckham - NFL.com
There's no word on whether they're bringing back his favorite kicking net for another season, however.