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Cheese Curds, 4/19: 10 days to the draft; Packers go all-virtual for start of offseason

Green Bay is trying to meet its players halfway on offseason workouts while the draft is finally just around the corner.

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Ten more days.

That’s how much longer we need to wait until the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. It should come as no surprise that the Draft is the topic at the forefront of every football news outlet’s coverage, with mock drafts likely dropping throughout the day on Monday and projections for first-round scenarios coming out with regularity.

We at Acme Packing Company are part of that push as well. We’ll have a mock draft roundup, a mock of our own, and the continuation of the APC Community Mock Draft running over the course of today.

First, however, we look to the Packers’ offseason program, which starts today. However, the Packers are working to find a compromise position between that of the league — which still wants to hold in-person workouts — and the players union, which is pushing for another all-virtual offseason. By going virtual for the first few phases before on-field work is set to begin, the team seems to be making a good-faith gesture to its players to help them feel more comfortable about returning to the facilities in a few weeks.

Packers avoid no-shows by making first four weeks of offseason program virtual | (subscription)
Matt LaFleur and company made the decision not to ask the players to come in for workouts over the next few weeks. Presumably there will still be a rookie minicamp, but all other players can still get credit towards their workout bonuses thanks to an all-virtual start to the offseason.

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