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Cheese Curds, 4/25: Final predictions for the Packers’ first-round NFL Draft picks

Consensus? There isn’t one. Also, the Packers are practicing this week!

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It’s finally here. At 7:00 PM Central time tonight, the 2019 NFL Draft will finally get underway, beginning the three-day event that will last through Saturday evening. Of course, an event like this wouldn’t be complete without some complications, and Mother Nature appears determined to make her mark on this year’s event.

As far as the Green Bay Packers are concerned, there are options galore with the team’s two first-round picks tonight. Mock drafts and predictions are all over the board this morning, as beat writers, analysts, and others are unable to come to a consensus. In fact, there’s not nearly a consensus on what position the team will draft aside from maybe that they’ll grab an offensive lineman sometime tonight — but even that is in question.

While general manager Brian Gutekunst and the personnel department are hard at work finalizing their draft board and getting ready for tonight, the coaching staff and players have been working on the field this week. A voluntary minicamp is taking place in the lead-up to the draft, and the team has been feeling a different vibe in practice than in years past.

Keep it here at APC all day and all weekend long as we carry you through to the final pick of this year’s draft and beyond.

More changes evident as Packers progress through minicamp |
With the Draft going on this weekend, it's easy to forget that the Packers are actually practicing this week, holding a voluntary minicamp as a result of hiring a new coach in Matt LaFleur. The team reportedly has 100 percent attendance for this week's workouts, and LaFleur is bringing a different energy and attitude to the team's practice, at least to start.

Predictions: Which players will Packers pick in first round? |
The current newspaper beat writers give their predictions on the Packers' two first-round picks, and the only player to get more than one vote from the four guys is Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.

McGinn predicts Packers will draft Jeffery Simmons, Juan Thornhill | Packers Wire
Meanwhile, the former beat writer predicts that an embattled (and injured) defensive tackle is the team's first pick, and that they grab an athletic and productive safety at 30.

NFL draft predictions for all 32 teams - who's trading up, who's taking a QB | ESPN
Rob Demovsky believes that the Drew Lock visit and speculation is, as Brian Gutekunst suggested earlier this week, "subterfuge." Don't expect a QB in rounds one or two for the Packers.

2019 NFL mock draft: Kyler Murray still goes No. 1 in the final prediction -
Dan Kadar did one last mock draft this morning, sending T.J. Hockenson and Dalton Risner to the Packers.

NFL could move draft indoors if weather worsens -
The first round was supposed to be held in an outdoor venue in downtown Nashville tonight, but weather forecasts have the league making backup plans to go inside to the nearby Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Interstate expected to be shutdown for hours after semi overturns, spilling avocados on roadway |