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Wednesday Cheese Curds: Eric Stokes’ potential is turning heads

The Packers’ first round pick has huge upside.

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There’s always a polishing period after the NFL Draft. For every pick — even the unabashedly good ones — there comes a time where the media that covers a particular team seems to work to sell the idea of the pick. Before long, every guy taken in the first round (and most of the other rounds, if we’re being entirely honest) seems like a can’t-miss prospect.

Of course, we know that’s not the case. Many of the players taken in the draft just won’t work out. Many more will be merely adequate as pros. A few will turn out to be as good as their post-draft press.

None of this is the fault of the prospects in discussion, but it is worth keeping in mind as we evaluate them down the road. How were our expectations for these players changed by what we’ve read and learned? And how can we do a better job of managing those expectations in the future?

It takes practice, like everything else, but I think it’s a practice worth pursuing.

Next Gen Stats loves potential of Packers rookie CB Eric Stokes | Packers Wire

The NFL’s Next Gen Stats model projects Eric Stokes as the best cornerback from the 2021 NFL Draft and the fifth-best prospect overall.

Holy Smokes’: Inside Stokes’ Sprint to NFL | Fan Nation

Stokes’ path to the NFL started with one clip on a highlight tape — the only one that showed him playing defense.

There’s no stopping new Packers WR Amari Rodgers | Packers.com

Inspirational stories are a dime a dozen coming out of the Draft, but Rodgers’ is worth reading if only for some insight into his truly amazing recovery from a torn ACL.

Packers working toward full Lambeau Field for 2021 season | Fox 11

Buried amidst other Packers news: the team is planning for full capacity at Lambeau Field in 2021.

Footballfish From The Deep Washes Up On Shore, And It’s Really Freaky | HuffPost

The ocean: not even once.