Well, that was quite a weekend.
After weeks of anticipation and excitement building up for Green Bay Packers fans about the 2020 NFL Draft, the event has come and gone, leaving fans largely shaken, confused, and frustrated in its wake. The three days of the draft were a parade of picks that left fans scratching their heads, trying to find a method to the front office’s apparent madness.
On Saturday night, general manager Brian Gutekunst tried to explain why the team did not draft a wide receiver, saying they missed out on the early runs and did not like the back end of the class. He also said that the team feels confident in the defensive line group returning for next season, another position that the Packers did not address over the weekend.
The team adding only one day-three draft pick in a run-stopping area — a fifth-rounder at inside linebacker — to a team that was gashed for almost 300 yards on the ground in the NFC Championship game is almost as unbelievable as not taking a wideout. That leaves the team relying on the likes of Montravius Adams, Tyler Lancaster, and Kingsley Keke, barring a surprise free agent acquisition.
If confusion is the primary feeling that you’re taking away from this draft class, just know that you’re not alone. Let’s try to make some sense of this together with the help of others around the Packers media universe.
Are the Packers trying to take the ball out of Aaron Rodgers' hands? - ESPN
This draft class certainly suggests that the Packers will go much more run-heavy in 2020 and beyond. That's not to say that the team won't take their shots through the air -- it will just be a much more play-action heavy pass attack.
Unprecedented Draft, Unimaginable Results | SI.com
Nobody could have expected the Packers to draft a quarterback in the first round while ignoring receiver and defensive line.
Brian Gutekunst ignores glaring defensive problems | Packersnews.com (subscription required)
Almost as puzzling as not taking a wide receiver this weekend was the lack of investment in the defensive line. The Packers did not add a single player to that group, grabbing only three defensive players all weekend -- a fifth-round linebacker and seventh-round picks at safety and on the edge.
Packers’ seventh-round picks look to make their mark | Packers.com
Vernon Scott and Jonathan Garvin are those two seventh-rounders, both of whom will look to earn snaps on special teams and eventually develop into contributors on defense.
Draft grades: Analysts really, really hated Packers 2020 draft class | Packers Wire
Grades on Sunday or Monday after the draft are pointless, but the Packers received the lowest grade of any team from almost every analyst that one perso nlogged.
Packers’ roster analysis: How do the draft selections impact the depth chart? – The Athletic (subscription required)
Ready for a way-too-early 53-man roster prediction? Here you go.
Vallejo Official Resigns After Throwing Cat During Online Meeting – NBC Bay Area
Quick PSA: if you're getting on a Zoom meeting with your coworkers on the city planning commission, maybe don't appear drunk, throw your cat off your desk, and start cursing. Just a suggestion.