While mock drafts make for fun online discussion, the truth is absolutely no one has a single idea how the first round of the NFL Draft will play out.
In terms of what the Green Bay Packers will do, predicting what they do at 30th overall (provided they stay there) is an equally futile endeavor.
The one thing every can bank on Green Bay doing, judging by general manager Brian Gutekunst’s first two drafts, is selecting an elite athlete.
Cornerback Jaire Alexander was a freak athlete coming out of Louisville and has shown through two seasons signs he can be a shutdown corner.
Last year’s selection of linebacker Rashan Gary raised some eyebrows but pretty much everyone who watched Gary at Michigan knew he was a tremendous athlete even if it was a bit of a reach. Same goes for safety Darnell Savage. At Maryland he put his athleticism on tape and he flashed be plenty of promise as a rookie.
Keeping what the Packers are looking for in terms of athleticism can narrow down the player pool they could be considering but only one person knows what they want to do and that’s Gutekunst.
Enjoy the ride tonight, folks. Given current events and the talent available, it’s sure to be a wild night.
Now onto today’s curds.
The Packers liking superior athletes dates back to the later years of Ted Thompson’s tenure and basically the front office is telling the coaching staff: we’ll get you the best ingredients and leave it up to you to cook the best meal.
Speaking of elite athletes, if Kenneth Murray is there you at 30 I’d pull the trigger instantly. There will be plenty of time to get a member of a ludicrously deep receiver class in round two.
There’s also plenty of value to be had on offense outside of round one. David Bakhtiari, Jordy Nelson and Aaron Jones (just to name a few) anyone?
Here’s a nice primer on the good and bad choices the Packers have made in the draft over their illustrious history.
15 years ago today Aaron Rodgers was drafted by the Packers. Then they drafted a quarterback in 2008 that some favored over the now-legend. Oopsies.
Don’t forget, even the “experts” will make historically and hysterically bad takes tonight. The draft is the ultimate crapshoot.