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Cheese Curds, 4/22: 2019 NFL Draft week has finally arrived

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We’re almost done with speculation — almost — and ready for the Draft to finally get underway.

2018 NFL Draft Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

It’s just three days (and a few more hours) away. All the lead-up to the 2019 NFL Draft is about to come to a close, as the annual selection meeting gets underway on Thursday evening for the first round. By now, you surely know that the Green Bay Packers have two picks in round one, at 12 and 30 overall, and you’ve probably read more mock drafts than you can count.

It’s almost over.

As fans and media alike make their final predictions in the next few days, NFL teams are finalizing their boards and starting to make calls about potential trades. Those trades are, of course, some of the most exciting and highly-scrutinized moves in any draft, and this year is sure to see plenty of them.

In today’s curds, we look at the Packers’ final preparations for Thursday (and Friday and Saturday), and we find a look back at some of the biggest draft-day trades in NFL history.

Packers' position priorities take shape with pre-draft visits | Packersnews.com
Each year, the folks at the Press-Gazette and Journal-Sentinel track down a few names of players who have taken pre-draft visits to Green Bay. Today, their list is out, and it has seven players that we weren't aware of yet on our tracker.

The most impactful draft-day trade for all 32 NFL teams | ESPN
Although the option presented here is a good one -- a 1991 trade that gave the Packers a second first-rounder in 1992 that Ron Wolf eventually flipped for Brett Favre -- honorable mention needs to go to Ted Thompson's move up to grab Clay Matthews in 2009.

Maryland S Darnell Savage could play Micah Hyde role for Packers | Packers Wire
I'm still a fan of Virginia's Juan Thornhill, but if the Packers drafted Savage at 44, I wouldn't bat an eye. He's a versatile player, able to play free safety as well as cover from the slot -- exactly what the Packers could use right now.

49ers scout, ex-NFL RB Reggie Cobb dies at 50 | ESPN
Rest in peace, Reggie. The seven-year NFL veteran was part of a backfield tandem with Edgar Bennett in 1994.

How a ‘shadow’ helped set up the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers draft trade - SBNation.com
This is a crazy story, and while there's probably truth to multiple sides of this, it's fun to think about how this massive trade played out.

Cardinals to hold final meeting discussing No. 1 pick - NFL.com
Presumably, the Cardinals should know what they're doing a day or two before they go on the clock on Thursday night. I'll be interested to see if they end up fielding trade offers, though.

Ewen, MI hunter found guilty of deer poaching - The Daily Globe
The hunter claimed in court that the laws of nature mean that he doesn't need a license to hunt deer. Shockingly, the laws of man disagreed.