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Cheese Curds, 3/6: Excitement builds around Wilkerson & 2018 Draft class

The former Jet is reportedly visiting the Packers, but what should fans expect if he does end up in Green Bay?

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As the Green Bay Packers return home from Indianapolis and the 2018 NFL Combine, they do so with a meeting on the schedule with a notable free agent. The New York Jets finally cut Muhammad Wilkerson on Monday, leaving him a street free agent and therefore able to begin negotiating a new contract with a new team immediately.

The buzz about Wilkerson is significant, even despite injuries and discipline issues that have kept him off the field for a few games over the last two seasons. However, his talent is tantalizing if he can be properly motivated, and the combination of a familiar coach, a contending team, and the leadership of Mike Daniels might be just the right situation to get the most out of him. Just imagine a starting line of Daniels, Kenny Clark, and Wilkerson harrassing opposing offensive lines. Yikes.

While we discuss Wilkerson over the next few days, the Packers’ front office is undoubtedly going through notes and takeaways from the Combine as they adjust their draft board to account for the last week. Pro Days are coming up shortly as well, so there’s no time to dawdle as the team’s college scouts get ready to head back on the road.

We’ve got all that and more in this morning’s Cheese Curds.

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Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is the big draw here, as he coached Wilkerson with the Jets. One of the biggest questions is how much money Wilkerson will command; however, he "desperately wants to play for a winning organization," according to Tom Silverstein's sources, which could give the Packers another edge.

PFF: Muhammad Wilkerson had best season in 2012 under Mike Pettine | Packers Wire
Adding to the excitement around Wilkerson is the fact that his best overall season (at least according to PFF's grades) came with Pettine as his coordinator.

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That backup plan may take the form of a draft pick on day three, who could compete with Brett Hundley for the backup job, or in the form of a veteran free agent.

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Iowa's Josh Jackson and Ohio State's Denzel Ward are both projected to go in round one of the draft. However, Jackson's college experience came almost entirely in zone defense and he relies on his physicality and ball skills. Ward, on the other hand, is more experienced in man coverage and has exceptional speed.

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