In the just over three years that Brian Gutekunst has been the general manager of the Packers, he’s made one thing very clear: he’s not going to do anything unless he absolutely has to.
Draft a wide receiver just because a bunch of mock drafts project it? “No thanks,” he said. “We’ll stick with the guys we’ve got.”
Commit to a quarterback long term? “Nope,” said Brian. “I’ll take it a year at a time and evaluate where we stand at what I view as an appropriate time.”
Restructure Aaron Rodgers’ contract to create cap space? “I’ll pass for now, but if we absolutely need it, I’ll go ahead.”
This is a good lesson to keep in mind as the NFL Draft approaches. The Packers have (seemingly) obvious needs at corner and on the offensive line, but that’s no guarantee that Brian Gutekunst will address those positions in a way that fans think is best. More than likely, he has a course in mind already, and it may differ from what outsiders view as the correct way of going about things.
Would the Packers wait on drafting a cornerback? What about offensive line? It’s worth considering as they weigh the relative values of one position over another.
Bill Barnwell is too smart to actually think anybody can “win” the offseason, but he points out the Packers still have plenty of flexibility to make moves — should they want to.
The short answer here is there are still a lot of unknown variables in the Packers’ quarterback situation.
Toney is one of my favorite draft prospects simply because he’s a lot of fun to watch.
Sure the mine says “inert,” but why not give it a good whack and find out for sure? You’ll be remembered either way.