Since 2000, the Packers have drafted eight players who ran the 40-yard dash in less than 4.40 seconds at the NFL Combine. Speed is a nice thing to have, but a blistering time in the 40 hasn’t always translated into success for these Packers draftees.
For every Nick Collins, there is an Ahmad Carroll. For every Javon Walker, there is a David Clowney. This is no surprise; as it turns out, there’s more to playing in the NFL than just running fast.
But it never hurts to be faster than everyone else, either, and when you combine great speed with a willingness to work hard and improve your craft, it’s possible to find something truly special. The Packers are hoping that’s the case with 2019 first round pick Darnell Savage Jr., and it seems things are already trending that direction with 2018 draft picks Jaire Alexander and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, both of whom seem poised to make big leaps this season.
Valdez-Scantling, in particular, could see tremendous growth. Where Alexander was capable of playing with the starters early on last season, it took some time for MVS to fully integrate into the offense. This year, though, he’s ready for a bigger role, and if he puts his world-class speed to good use, he could add an entirely new element to the Packers’ offense.
Valdes-Scantling plays plenty fast, as we’ve already laid out. But as he tells Mike Spofford, becoming more comfortable in Matt LaFleur’s offense (in addition to having a year of experience under his belt) will help him truly utilize his game-breaking speed.
Giannis Antentokounpo joined Aaron Rodgers and Christian Yelich in the Wisconsin MVP club last night, and Rodgers was quick to reach out and congratulate the Bucks star.
And it’s not at all Packers related, but the internet found a very amusing way to remind James Harden he’d been beaten for the award.
Brian Jones takes a crack at predicting the Packers’ opening day starting lineup.
Emory professor Michael Lewis has released his annual rankings of NFL fan bases, and the Packers are once again outside the top 5. Lewis calculates his rankings based on his custom “Fan Equity” metric, which accounts for a variety of factors related to fan engagement.
However, it’s worth noting that Lewis’s formula penalizes teams like the Packers that may not be squeezing their fan bases for every dime, which also explains why Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are on top again. Read his methodology here and come to your own conclusions.
It turns out my parents may not have been fibbing when they told me my goldfish were going on to a better place.