It’s here. The waiting, the mock drafts, and the speculation is all over; it’s almost time for the 2017 NFL Draft to begin. With round one kicking off at 8:00 PM Eastern, we just have 12 more hours to go as of the publishing of this post.
For Christmas, children put together wish lists, so let’s start putting our heads together on what items we would like the silver-haired gift-giver to deliver to the Packers’ roster. Naturally, I’m talking about Ted Thompson, who would hardly be confused with a jolly old elf, but who is responsible for filling his team’s needs. Let’s face it: Thompson lives for this weekend, as his draft-and-develop model of roster construction depends on good decisions over the next three days.
In today’s Curds, we find one version of a wish list, which happens to align very closely with my personal hopes for this year’s Draft. What are you hoping that St. Theodore will deliver over the next 72 hours?
College free agency pays dividends for Packers | Packers.com
This will be a critical item for the Packers to advertise on Saturday: a whopping 22 undrafted rookies have made the team since the 2010 season.
Oral history of Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay Packers 2005 draft-day slide - NFL
This discussion of Rodgers' fall in 2005 is fascinating, and it looks at how it happened from a number of different angles. One in particular is Buccaneers' head coach Jon Gruden's comments that not drafting Rodgers is "one of the greatest regrets" of his life.
King could meet Packers' biggest need | Packersnews.com
Bob McGinn nailed the Packers' pick last year, predicting that Kenny Clark would be the selection. This year, he's on the record as saying that Washington cornerback Kevin King will be the pick at 29.
Checklist: How the Packers can have a perfect NFL draft | Packers Wire
This is exactly what I'd like to see as well Trade back into round to for an extra pick or two, load up on edge rushers and corners early, find a talented wideout for the future, and wait on running backs and offensive line help.
Second-year Packers on the rise | PFF
Kenny Clark had a nice second half in 2016, and he's poised to be a starter in 2017.
Jake Butt got an endorsement deal with Charmin and it makes us so happy - SBNation.com
This was really a no-brainer.
Raiders acquire Marshawn Lynch in trade with Seahawks - NFL.com
It's official - Lynch is now a raider after Oakland gave up their fifth-round pick and Seattle send their sixth-rounder.
Marshawn Lynch got permission from Charles Woodson to wear No. 24 for the Raiders - SBNation.com
This was a cool move by Lynch; while the Raiders did not officially retire Woodson's number, they did not give it out last season, the first year after the legendary defensive back retired.