The 2018 NFL Draft is exactly one month away. In 31 days, the annual selection meeting kicks off in Arlington, Texas with the first 32 picks.
The Green Bay Packers hold selection number 14, thanks to their 7-9 finish last season, and rumors are swirling about who the team might pick at that slot. Stoking those fires were visits that general manager Brian Gutekunst made to a handful of Pro Days last week, particularly at a few colleges who feature players likely to be drafted in the top 20.
However, before we get to the draft, the NFL takes a bit of a break this week for the annual league meeting, held in Orlando this week. Coaches, GMs, and owners are all in attendance, along with media members and players’ agents. With free agency about two weeks old as of Wednesday, this meeting is the first opportunity for all of those individuals to be present in the same place since the Combine and the last until the spring meetings in May.
Keep an eye out for news coming out from around the league this week.
NFL league meeting: Packers GM Brian Gutekunst followed by speculation | Packersnews.com
Gutekunst has spent the last week across the Eastern time zone, attending Pro Days for NC State, Florida State, Ohio State, and Georgia; now he's headed to Orlando for the league meetings with plenty of questions regarding both his free agency and draft plans hanging around his head.
NFL rule changes 2018: Will we finally learn what a catch is? - SBNation.com
Obviously, the catch rule is the most impactful, but another big proposed change is to allow a referee to eject a player for an unnecessarily dirty hit.
Rams considered front-runner to land Ndamukong Suh - NFL.com
The Jets made an offer to Suh, but they withdrew it over the weekend for some reason, leaving the Rams (who still need to pay Aaron Donald) as the option with the best odds of landing him.
Joe Thomas’ weight gain tips might kill you - SBNation.com
That's former Browns and Badgers left tackle Joe Thomas, not former Packers linebacker Joe Thomas, of course. In general, he drank 1.2 gallons of whole milk and nine peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day in addition to his normal meals.
NFL veteran tight end Martellus Bennett announces retirement | ESPN.com
I'm sure this doesn't mean he'll be voluntarily returning that signing bonus money to the Packers.
Packers set up pre-draft visit with Wisconsin Badgers FB Austin Ramesh | Packers Wire
This is the first reported pre-draft visit that we know about, so keep an eye out for a visit tracker coming soon. In the meantime, Ramesh is a local guy from Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin, who can do this out of the backfield: