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Cheese Curds, 4/28: Draft provided a diversion, but 2020 NFL season is still uncertain

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Although the draft helped provide some fun for a while, we’re still no closer to knowing if the NFL season will actually happen.

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The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and for three short days, things felt a little bit normal again for football fans. The usual banter, excitement, frustration, and emotional gamut of the draft provided a temporary diversion from COVID-19 concerns, giving fans some live sports-related programming to follow.

But with the event now in the rear-view mirror and teams going back to work — entirely virtually, of course — it re-centers the focus around the questions that still exist around the 2020 NFL season. There remains no guarantee that there will be football in the fall, and if games are canceled, that will hit Green Bay’s local economy much harder than any other market.

Meanwhile, the Packers must move on to continue getting ready for football if it does happen. The front office opened up a roster spot on Monday, so a free agent acquisition could be in order.

Still, life — and the business of football — go on, even if the actual games end up being postponed.

A season without Packers fans would devastate Green Bay economy | Green Bay Press-Gazette
The estimates put each Packers game at about $15 million in contributions to the Brown County economy. Lambeau Field is scheduled to hold 11 games this year -- the Packers' ten games plus Wisconsin-Notre Dame -- so the total impact to the area could be well over $150 million if no football takes place or if fans are not allowed to come.

Packers, American Red Cross hosting blood drives each Friday in May | Packers.com
Meanwhile, the Packers are helping to drive blood donations in the Green Bay area. If you're near Lambeau Field and free on Fridays, this is a great way to help give back to the community.

32 NFL players most likely to be cut or traded after the 2020 NFL draft | ESPN
Looking back to the roster, Bill Barnwell sees Jamaal Williams as the likeliest candidate to be an odd man out in Green Bay. If AJ Dillon impresses early as a power back and shows good pass-blocking chops, that probably makes Williams redundant and potentially expendable.

The best available free agents after the 2020 NFL draft | Touchdown Wire
Comp picks are no longer a thing, and the Packers have an open roster spot. Perhaps Logan Ryan could be a fit as a slot corner?

Using the Consensus Big Board to rank the 2020 NFL Draft classes from 1 to 32 – The Athletic
The Packers didn't have the worst draft as judged by Arif Hasan's Consensus Big Board, but they did have one of the biggest apparent reaches of the draft, for Josiah Deguara in round three.

An Incredible Fact About Packers’ Receiver Corps | SI.com
The Packers are the only team in the NFL not to draft a dwide receiver on day one or day two of the last three drafts.

Man in gorilla costume charged with burglarizing Mt. Juliet home | WKRN News 2
A Tennessee man scared a little girl when he barged into the wrong house dressed as a gorilla. One must wonder what he would have done if he had picked the right house.