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Thursday Cheese Curds: Will the Packers move up again?

GM Brian Gutekunst has moved up in the first round in two of the three drafts he has overseen. Will he do it again in two weeks?

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We are now two weeks from the kickoff of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Pro days are wrapping up and teams have either finalized their draft boards at this point or are beginning to. The focus also begins to shift away from narrowing down lists of prospects to discussing strategy and potentially moving up or down.

For the Green Bay Packers, a trade up very much could be in the cards. Since taking over as general manager in 2018, Brian Gutekunst has traded up in the first round in two of the three drafts he has presided over.

Reading the tea leaves of this year’s draft, a likely candidate for the Packers to move up with is the Indianapolis Colts at 21st overall. Whether or not the Packers actually do will depend on what happens earlier in the round and if there is indeed a run on quarterbacks.

So who are the prospects the Packers could be in love with to warrant a potential jump up in the first round? One name discussed is offensive lineman Teven Jenkins from Oklahoma State. He could very well be a week 1 starter to solidify the right side of the line. It wouldn’t be a sexy pick but it would help protect Aaron Rodgers (and eventually Jordan Love). That makes the trade up worth it.

Packers mock draft: Trade up in the first round edition—Packers Wire

Two fourths to get an elite offensive line prospect would be worth it even if it makes fans yawn. Jenkins checks every box the Packers would want in an offensive tackle.

Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore offers potential upgrade in slot, return game— (subscription required)

Moore would be a much splashier pick and he could be a bona fide star in the slot. Oh and he’s also run out of the backfield before as well, a temptation Matt LaFleur might like too much to pass up.

Draft Digest: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia—

EDGE is not high up on the need list for Green Bay, but with Preston Smith on a “prove it” deal, adding another pass rush to pair with Za’Darius Smith and the ascending Rashan Gary could make sense.

Packers fans might be required to show vaccine passports at Lambeau—WISN

If you want to attend a Packers game this year, you had better get your shots. The Bills are mandating proof of COVID vaccination to enter the stadium this season and other teams could follow suit.

Florida Driver Busts Through Gates, Leaps Over Drawbridge As It Opens—Huffington Post

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