Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst surely has his draft board coming together by now. Gutekunst has been racking up frequent-flyer miles over the past month, particularly scouting cornerbacks at Pro Days across the country.
Meanwhile, the team continues to meet with numerous players via videoconference, recently meeting with Asante Samuel, Jr. for the second time. So by now, it’s fair to assume that the team has its ranking of the cornerbacks mostly finalized with about two weeks to go until the 2021 NFL Draft begins.
One thing that Gutekunst has shown a propensity to do is to identify a player that he wants and move up to ensure that he gets that player. This year might result in a similar approach, particularly given the ten picks that the Packers currently hold. But if this happens again, who is the guy that the Packers might target?
Caleb Farley could be that player. Maybe Northwestern’s Greg Newsome would be a candidate as well. What about an offensive tackle?
Obviously, there’s no way to know who “that guy” might be this year for the Packers. The Packers didn’t even meet with one of their recent first-round draft picks — Rashan Gary in 2019 — so this level of interest in a player like Samuel could be a smokescreen. But it’s still interesting to imagine who is sitting near the top of the board.
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Three compensatory picks -- one each in rounds 4, 5, and 6 -- give Brian Gutekunst some added ammo to move up for a player that he really likes once again.
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Farley might just be that guy that Gutekunst likes. Although he couldn’t work out at his Pro Day, his reportedly clear back exam might keep him on the Packers’ radar. Gutey may need to move up to get him, however, particularly if teams buy into the medicals.
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Indeed, Chad Reuter of NFL.com sees Farley as being the Packers’ “ideal” first-round pick this year, with BYU offensive tackle Brady Christensen as a perfect fit in the second.
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