As the 2017 NFL Draft is now less than three weeks away, we continue to wonder what form the Green Bay Packers' draft strategy will take. This year's draft is replete with talented players at the Packers' positions of need, so they should be set up nicely to land some instant contributors with their first few picks.
But how about adding a few extra selections in the middle rounds?
It appears to be a sure thing that the Packers won't trade up in round one, given the depth in this year's draft class. However, moving down into round two and picking up an additional pick or two seems like a plausible strategy to pursue. The question there is whether the Packers can find a trade partner when they go on the clock at 29.
Perhaps the key will be whether any of the quarterbacks begin to tumble and if a QB-needy team would like to sneak back into the bottom of round one to snag somebody. If a player like Patrick Mahomes is still there, that scenario seems feasible.
In today's curds, we'll look back at the Packers' draft history, find out why first-round trades will likely be less common than usual this year, and much more. Finally, we wrap up with an off-the-field story that many Packers fans will likely be interested in.
Ted Thompson draft history by the numbers | Packers Wire
Here are some interesting notes about Thompson's drafts, including a look at how his trends have changed over the years. In fact, since 2008, Thompson has only drafted one individual who played the guard position in college.
Why we likely won't see many first-round trades | PFF
Furthermore, Thompson has made first-round trades just twice, moving back out of round one in 2008 to select Jordy Nelson and landing a second first-round pick in 2009 to select Clay Matthews.
2017 NFL draft edge rankings: Myles Garrett stars at a deep position - SBNation.com
Here are the rankings for the position from SB Nation's Dan Kadar. Take a spin through the rankings here, then keep on the lookout for our pick in the SB Nation mock draft later today.
Packers' Nick Barnett among best choices at 29th pick | Packersnews.com
The last time the Packers picked 29th overall, they made a pretty good one. In fact, he's probably in the top five best players chosen at that position in the past two decades. One of the others actually ended up in Green Bay a few years after being drafted: that was defensive tackle Ryan Pickett.
Teamwork discussed at school and then witnessed at businesses | Packers.com
The Tailgate Tour extended into day three on Thursday, with visits in the Hurley area on the UP border. Ryan Longwell in particular could attest to the importance of teamwork; after all, his ability to make field goals was heavily dependent on his long-snapper and holder.
DeAndre Levy recovering following knee surgery - NFL.com
We still think Levy could be an interesting player for the Packers' defense if he gets healthy; however, he lost most of 2016 to a knee injury and just had surgery on it this week.
Finally, we would be remiss if we did not mention the big news of this Friday morning. According to People Magazine, Aaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn have chosen to end their relationship. We wish them both the best and hope that the reports of an amicable breakup are indeed accurate.