May 29, 2022

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The emphasis on special teams is obvious

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The emphasis on special teams is obvious



Ryan from Sheboygan Falls, WI

Will Aaron Rodgers be the MVP this year?

I don’t see why not. The Packers likely will need Rodgers to help break in some young receivers and guide the offense in its first season without Adams.

Linda from Lakewood Ranch, FL

Good morning, Wes! Are you getting beyond tired of all the what-if draft questions? Who to take and when? Trade up or trade back? This position first and then that position second versus any other possibilities? On and on. I just want the draft to get here. All the speculation is just a waste of time and energy. (And then it starts all over with what they should have done.) I just let the draft occur and hope the picks turn into good choices.

It comes with the territory. There isn’t much going on right now, so naturally fans’ minds begin to wander. You just don’t want them wandering too far. It’s the “How many draft picks will it take to trade for Player X?” questions that give me an enormous headache in my eye. Class dismissed.

Brian Gutekunst needs to pray for patience, not get “itchy feet,” control the wide receiver fever and let the draft fall to him. Yes, we all can see the empty chairs in the wide receiver room but there are so many good players in the first round this year and I want to leave that round with two of them regardless of position. Day 2 and 3 plus the post-draft free agent market can satisfy our wide receiver needs. Good plan or do I have too much Ted Thompson in me?

It’s a good plan considering the Packers have that proven track record in the second round to fall back on if the value isn’t there. Thompson loved Jordy Nelson coming out of Kansas State in 2008, but still traded back out of the first round because he felt he could get better value in the second.

I’m amazed at the pre-occupation with the 40 times that wide receivers run. Very, very seldom does a receiver simply run straight down field at the snap. Can they get off the line when pressed? Can they adjust to the D-backs’ position as they’re heading downfield? Can they adjust to the ball when it is in the air? Can they catch it (see MVS)? Yes, an outside receiver needs some speed, but to wring your hands over a couple tenths of a second is crazy to me.

Speed can get in you in the door, but you need a lot more to keep you in the building. Don’t get me wrong. Speed is critical but there’s also a ball involved with this sport. Back in 2014, Davante Adams ran a 4.56 and you don’t hear grousing about it today. The best thing about this game is there’s no readymade formula for which prospects succeed and which will fail. GMs and scouts have to do their best to figure out which of the talented players and their respective skill sets will prevail at football’s highest level.

Everyone is talking about the wrong things about Treylon Burks. 40 time? Doesn’t matter. Height/Weight? Doesn’t matter. WR? Doesn’t matter. This man hunts feral hogs with nothing but his dogs and a knife. In his own words, “Guns take the fun out of it.” I want that guy on my football team!

I was disappointed Spoff didn’t include that in Burks’ Prospect Primer. I mean, who doesn’t love to go toe-to-toe with a feral animal that could gore you? In addition to his impeccable hunting skills, Burks played a significant role in the Razorbacks taking a big step forward this past year. He’s a stud. In addition to dominating against elite competition in the SEC, Burks also possesses the size-and-speed combination NFL teams covet.

Roger from Lakewood Ranch, FL

Morning, Wes! With all the Prospect Primers you do, have you become more “attached” to some of them? Are there a few that you would “really like” to see the Packers draft? Or are you just “neutral” on all of them? (Can’t wait to read some background stories on some of the actual draftees.)

I’ve fallen in love with many of the same receiving prospects that you have. But I also know the Packers won’t draft most of them – and perhaps all of them. That’s why I prefer to learn a little about each prospect and then dive into the details once the experts make their selections. It’s easier to connect the dots once the paper hits your desk.

Michael from Santa Cruz, CA

While the secondary looks stout right now, you still need to replace Chandon Sullivan as that sixth DB in the dime. There’s also the expiring contract status of both starting safeties to consider. Could that mean targeting a “cover” safety that could be groomed as a Year 2 starter if necessary? There’s a player who wore the maize and blue who fits that profile pretty well.

The Packers haven’t drafted a safety since selecting Darnell Savage in the first round in 2019. So, it’s totally plausible they look to take another, especially since there are no safeties on the roster under contract for 2023. Even if the Packers don’t draft a safety with slot potential, Adrian Amos can still drop into the box, if necessary. The litany of options in the secondary is what’s driving the intrigue.

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