Coming out of the NFL owners meetings, there were a handful of big storylines. Rules changes were the talk of the league a few days ago, with replay going through a major overhaul and some other key tweaks being approved. Overtime rules were also discussed, but no changes were made for 2017. And of course, the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas was approved, meaning that the team will be a lame duck in the Oakland Coliseum for at least two more years.
Meanwhile, there is now less than four weeks until the NFL Draft, and teams are finalizing their boards with private visits and the last few Pro Days. The Green Bay Packers' strategy for the draft continues to be as mysterious and close-kept as ever, but mock drafts will be written furiously and frequently between now and April 27th.
There are even significant differences in how various sources view the Packers' primary positions of need, which is a topic of discussion in today's Cheese Curds. Suffice it to say that individuals who cover the NFL as a whole see one position as a much bigger need than those who focus on the Packers.
Murphy Takes 5: Raiders relocate to Las Vegas | Packers.com
The monthly mailbag for the Packers' president addresses the Raiders' move, but he also notes that the league may actually consider college football overtime rules "if it is viewed as safer and fairer." There's no timetable or commitment, but since the league apparently wants to limit snaps in OT, that could be a driver.
Forrest Lamp and 7 other draft options for Packers to replace T.J. Lang | Packers Wire
I'm still not on the Dan Feeney train - he prefers grilling with propane over charcoal, and that's a character red flag I just can't get over. (Read with extreme sarcasm)
How TE tandem weaponizes Packers' offense | Packersnews.com
The Martellus Bennett - Lance Kendricks pairing is already getting fans excited about comparisons to Chmura and Jackson in 1996, but the two current players still have something to prove before they can be held in that same lofty regard. Still, the versatility that both offer - being accomplished receivers and blockers - will make Mike McCarthy very happy and will give him a lot more flexibility with his formations.
NFL draft 2017: One position that each team needs to address - SBNation.com
Sorry, but there's no way that running back should be the pick here for the Packers. It has to be cornerback, edge rusher, or guard.
PFF scouting report: Joe Mathis, Edge, Washington | PFF
Mathis is an explosive athlete, but has a lot to learn as far as his technique goes. Still, that could make him an intriguing option for the Packers on day two of the draft.
Zach Brown to visit Washington Redskins on Monday - NFL.com
There still are no indications that the Packers are interested in Zach Brown at his current asking price, and the fact that he continues to be a free agent is a sign that he and his agent probably are overestimating his value.
Paul DePodesta tries to help rebuild Cleveland Browns | The MMQB with Peter King
The former baseball executive is trying his hand at building a football team, but defining his job is a tough task. As far as I can tell, he is an executive director who puts processes in place for the rest of the front office - scouting, drafting, hiring, decision-making, everything.