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Mike from Glenwood, IL

Does this weekend’s blizzard give any concern to the city of Green Bay hosting the draft in the future? As an aside, if weather had been on the minds of the developers the baseball stadium in Minneapolis might have a retractable roof. An entire weekend series with the White Sox postponed due to the inevitable.

That was brutal. Worse than brutal. I’m just thankful it fell on a weekend. That being said, I don’t think it hurts the Packers’ chances at hosting the draft. It’s still another week away and I can’t see it snowing like that during the last week of April. Plus, this was the worst snowstorm Green Bay has seen in 130 years and the roads already were drivable a day later. Good morning!

Al from Green Bay, WI

23.7 inches. That’s the official total from the blizzard this past weekend. As you look at the list of the Packers’ home opponents this coming season, which game would you most like to see played in a blizzard?

The Vikings and Falcons games probably would be the most fun to be played in a blizzard after the Packers had to open their domes the past two years.

Patrick from St Paul, MN

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I honestly don’t understand all the Sturm und Drang over the RB depth chart. This isn’t a system built around having a bell-cow running back. I’m happy knowing that we have three guys who all have looked good at various points in the last two seasons, are young, healthy, and have at least slightly different skill sets.

I think some fans are married to the idea of an every-down back, but that’s not the world we live in anymore. There are a handful of backs who remain undisputed starters, but most teams rely on three or four options these days. Green Bay’s backfield is a reflection of the changing tides of the NFL.

Jeff from Athens, WI

I am feeling more excited about this draft than I have in years. It is because it is Brian Gutekunst’s first one as GM. It has been an offseason with activity and I can’t wait to see what transpires for the Packers in the draft. I even wish the draft was this week. The suspense is killing me.

The unknown factor is what builds suspense. There is Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  no precedent with Gutekunst, which definitely can be an advantage for a new GM. Nobody knows what the Packers are thinking right now. They’ll find out April 26.

Joseph from Decatur, MI

What are the limitations of players practicing together outside of OTAs or training camp? For instance, are the QBs and WRs allowed to get together in the offseason and run routes and such to get better timing/chemistry? Love the column, makes my lunch time that much more enjoyable.

Players can freely get together during the offseason. In fact, there are several Packers players who train together, but this idea of quarterbacks throwing to receivers in the offseason has been overblown for years. Training camp is where chemistry is forged and the work gets done.

Mike from Prescott Valley, AZ

An exciting offseason for Green Bay! Been following draft coverage closely since 2005. My personal philosophy is “best available player at position of need.” Can you give an example of a great draft pick that was contrary to this philosophy?

Teams have to build for the future while playing in the present. It would be too easy to say Aaron Rodgers in response to your question. Randall Cobb (second round, 2011), T.J. Lang (fourth, 2009), Corey Linsley (fifth, 2014) and Kenny Clark (first, 2016) also come to mind.

Christian from Santa Fe, NM

We were all super-relieved once we saw that we re-signed Davante Adams and locked him up for a good while, but after seeing what Jarvis Landry, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Evans are about to be paid, do you think he’s mad/unhappy with the contract we gave him? Should we have waited?

I don’t want to speak for Adams, but the grass is pretty green on his side of the field right now, too. He set the market with his contract and gets to play with a proven quarterback who trusts him. There’s value in that.

Kirkland from Killeen, TX

Corner, corner, corner! I get it. However, did everyone forget about Lenzy Pipkins? I mean just watch the film. That kid made plays every time the ball came his way and he was a big hitter in the run game! Pass rush has to be the first pick! Corner in the second round.

I thought Pipkins stepped up at the end of the year. He still has growing to do, but his inside-outside versatility puts him in the mix for a role this summer.

Bill from Bloomfield Hills, MI

Do you think certain GMs with scout input are better at assessing specific positions? Is it simply lack of luck that our edge-rusher picks since Matthews are less than stellar overall?

I don’t know if I buy the Packers’ edge rushers being “less than stellar” since Matthews. Nick Perry has been a solid pick and the only prototypical outside linebacker Green Bay has drafted in the first two rounds since Matthews. Some teams may be better at projecting talent at a position than others, but there also is an element of luck involved. You don’t draft Aaron Rodgers in 2005 without 23 other teams passing on him first.

Jeff from Brooklyn, WI

Everyone thinks defense is going to be the focus in the draft, but with all the pre-draft visits, I get the feeling Gutekunst’s about to reload the offense this year. Thoughts?

Roughly half of the pre-draft visits have been reported, so I wouldn’t read too much into that. Yet.

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What exactly is the purpose of a potential draftee visiting the team? Don’t we already know more about his character from what can be seen from his college days than we can learn from a meeting? The film shows how he plays the game. And if we pick him he has to come, so what are we learning from the visit? And by the way, I love what you guys do for Packer Nation!

Ted Thompson liked to use his pre-draft visits on prospects who weren’t invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and to sell potential undrafted free agents on the Packers. Mitchell Henry, God rest his soul, told me back in 2015 he signed with Green Bay over Denver based on that visit. It also can be a way for the Packers to get to know these first-round prospects on a deeper level, which makes sense. A big commitment looms with that No. 14 pick.

Grant from Grimes, IA

With a league-high 12 picks in the draft, do you see the Packers trading back into the first round, like in 2009, to address the need at edge/CB depending on who they draft at No. 14?

If the Packers want to move back into the first round, this is the year to do it. They can pair any of those extra picks with their second-rounder to move back in.

Max from Carmel, IN

Is there any merit for personnel staff to try and spread the fortune of our current draft pick stock over the next few seasons rather than utilize all 12 picks in a year that the roster seems more complete than typical? Specifically in trading up this year or for future picks next?

I wouldn’t purposely dispose those extra picks into next year’s draft unless it’s a part of a bigger trade. You have the most picks in this year’s draft. Put them to work for 2018.

Geert from Old Windsor, UK

Considering our first four picks of 2017 had somewhat of a false start, should we expect a big influx of talent in 2018?

I just want to see them all on the field. The Packers made a big investment in their defense last year and I think you’ll start to see them reap those rewards in 2018. Kevin King and Josh Jones undoubtedly should benefit from last year. As for Vince Biegel and Montravius Adams, we’ll get a better feel for what those two bring to the party this summer. A full offseason and training camp makes such a difference for rookies in today’s NFL.

Dale from Kettering, OH

At a guess, where would you say player ratings start to bunch up this year so a GM might have three or four options and still be picking BAP?

Third round.

Matt from Rubicon, WI

Did Jason Spriggs show you enough this past year that he has a future on this team? He looked good at times and got better each game.

I think we’ve all been spoiled by watching Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari jump in as starting tackles and run away with the job. It’s not that easy for most. Spriggs is in the conversation for being the best athlete on the offensive line, but so much more goes into mastering that position. Mike McCarthy said Spriggs has been a fixture in the weight room this offseason, so I’d look for him to make a jump this summer barring any setbacks with the knee.

Scott from Las Vegas, NV

I have read several articles that claim that Damarious Randall never played in the position that he excelled at in college and that’s why he often struggled in the CB position. Was that because he was needed to play corner due to injuries, or the Packers simply played him in the wrong position?

Too much is being made out of this narrative in my opinion because Randall mostly played the position he excelled at during Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey  college – “star” slot cornerback. Randall technically was a safety at Arizona State, but the system Todd Graham ran called for Randall often covering receivers at the line of scrimmage. That’s why the Packers felt he could play cornerback in Dom Capers’ scheme. We’ll see where the Browns play Randall, but it’s not like Green Bay tried to plug a square peg into a round hole.

Craig from Laramie, WY

A concept from my economics class nearly 40 years ago always come to mind at this time of year: opportunity cost. The hypothetical or actual cost of what you forgo by making your choice to choose otherwise. Maybe it wasn’t what Jordy could have given GB or “was worth,” but more about the value Brian Gutekunst ascribes to “the opportunity” to have a different player in that roster slot? Maybe not though…I only got a C in econ.

And here I thought “Opportunity Cost” was just a great song by G-Eazy. The decision to cut Jordy Nelson wasn’t just one reason. It never is when parting ways with a veteran, but I agree there has been a logjam behind the Packers’ top three receivers for a few years now. This is an opportunity for the Packers to see what’s behind Door No. 2.

Myke from Janesville, WI

Other than Reggie White, one of the best veterans we acquired was Don Beebe. Don’t you think he played every game with his analytical mind propelled by his huge heart? I remember him stopping a touchdown by catching up with the runner and causing a fumble near the goal line.

Ron Wolf gets a lot of credit for acquiring White and Brett Favre, and rightfully so, but what often gets overlooked is how Wolf hit the jackpot on so many mid-tier acquisitions such as Beebe, Desmond Howard, Keith Jackson and the list goes on. Beebe is the perfect example of why it sometimes behooves teams to sign a veteran at the tail end of his career. He filled an important role on the Super Bowl XXXI team.

Benjamin from Bear, DE

We all know there’s a legal tampering period with unrestricted free agents in the NFL. Is there any such period established for college players who most likely won’t get drafted and sign on with a team right after Day 3?

Not that I’m aware of. Scouts constantly are fishing for college free agents throughout Day 3.

Chase from Sunnyvale, CA

Wouldn’t the solution then be that all fields would have to become artificial? It would seem far less drastic than removing a kickoff.

 Conversely, I can tell you there are players who say the solution would be removing artificial turf all together. If you can grow grass – cough, Chicago, cough – I believe that’s the safest playing surface for NFL football.

Ryan from Atlanta, GA

Do the Packers have draft boards for the other teams in the league? It seems to me it would be valuable to keep track of what other teams’ boards might look like, according to their tendencies and need.

NFL teams will project the needs of teams picking around them during the pre-draft process and mock drafts, but I don’t know of any that actually create draft boards.

Sean from DeSoto, TX

My bold prediction for the draft is that no more than two quarterbacks will be selected in the top 10 and no more than three going in the first round.

That is bold. I can’t see that many quarterbacks slipping out of the top 10. Not this year. Let’s circle back on this April 27.

Mark from West Bend, WI

Just wanted to say thanks to all the Packers and Mark Murphy for not letting Mother Nature win and letting the West Bend Tailgate party take place Saturday! They could have certainly just headed for home. Everyone made sure all the questions were answered and autographs were signed. An absolute great group of guys at the end of what had to be a long week.

You have to tip your cap to Murphy and the Tailgate Tour for seeing all their commitments through and not heading home early. Endeavor to persevere.

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You never know what you’ll learn when you open the Spoff-clopedia.

Ethan from La Crosse, WI

Do you guys ever get to work from home? I would imagine Sunday was the day for that. Hope everyone is safe and warm in Green Bay.

I don’t like it. It doesn’t jive with my ADHD. I’ll do it if I have to, but there are too many distractions. I’m more productive when I’m at the office.

Bob from Lexington, SC

How are the Prospect Primers selected? Do you select them as a group, or is it an individual person selecting them?

Mike Spofford says, “Wes, you’re doing these Primers,” and I say, “Thank you sir, may I have another?”


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This is the first in a series of stories that’ll examine the Packers’ roster, position by position, heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. The series begins with the quarterbacks.

GREEN BAY – A little over a month ago, it seemed almost a given the Packers would select a quarterback at some point in this upcoming draft.

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It doesn’t mean a quarterback won’t be taken, given the Packers have 12 draft picks, and a value selection sliding down the board at the game’s most important position might be too good to pass up.

But with Aaron Rodgers, Kizer, Hundley and Joe Callahan (who has been tendered a contract as an exclusive-rights free agent) all on board for 2018, the Packers have Mike McCarthy’s preferred number of four quarterbacks for the duration of the offseason if they want to stand pat.

Rodgers, and the team, would appreciate nothing better than a post-injury redux, as the last time the Packers’ star QB returned from a broken collarbone, in 2014, he won his second NFL MVP award.

That’s a high bar as Rodgers comes back from a surgically repaired one this time (in his right shoulder, as opposed to the left, non-surgically healed one from four years ago). But at the NFL Honors red carpet in February, Rodgers declared he plans to repeat the feat, and he’ll have no limitations in offseason workouts from his recovery.

One of Green Bay’s priorities was to improve at the backup spot, though, should something happen to Rodgers again. The trade with Cleveland was executed, in part, for that reason.

Hundley went 3-6 in his nine starts in Rodgers’ place in 2017, a roller-coaster ride of uneven play. He posted a passer rating under 60 five times and over 110 three times, with the feast-or-famine nature of his game never smoothing out.

Enter Kizer, just 21 years old a year ago when the former Notre Dame star was the fourth quarterback selected in the draft, at No. 52 overall by Cleveland. He didn’t win once in 15 starts with the Browns, who had a young, rebuilding defense and lost their top receiver and Hall of Fame left tackle for large stretches of the season.

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The competition for the No. 2 spot will be one of many watched closely between now and the end of training camp, and most likely the preseason games will decide it.

That may not leave a ton of reps for Callahan, who enters his third year in Green Bay (having spent parts of his rookie season in 2016 with two other clubs), but he’ll be bidding to outplay one of the other two backups and stick around.

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The former star from Division III Wesley College was the talk of the preseason two years ago, but he didn’t get a chance to step in during Hundley’s struggles last year until mop-up time in the regular-season finale at Detroit.

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Freddie from West Valley City, UT

Which Packer is most inclined to build a snow fort?

I would imagine Vince Biegel built plenty growing up in this state, but I doubt he’s ever seen something like this. I’ve lived my whole life in Wisconsin and never witnessed a weekend quite like this past one. Wow.

Aric from Warsaw, NY

With Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green  Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack being the premier pass rushers on their teams, but playing different positions, I would like to pose a question to both Insiders. Would you rather build a defense around an inside or outside pass rush?

If I had to choose, I’d pick outside, because at a minimum I’d want to box in the quarterback.

Eric from Stramproy, Netherlands

Hey Insiders, does Lego man also re-enact the draft? That would be awesome!

I fail to see the compelling nature of Lego figures hugging on a stage, but to each his own.

Jessi from Sterling, KS

You can blame me if you want. I prayed for snow while in Green Bay…it’s been a dream of mine.

Newman! I mean, Jessi!

Doug from Quensbury, NY

I’m struggling with a choice the Packers may have. If Fitzpatrick and Ridley are both available, who should we pick? I really like both.

That would be a tough call, but difficult choices are better than the alternative.

Howie from Saint Ignace, MI

Hello, Insiders. Similar to Clark and Martinez last season, what current unsung Packer is the first to come to mind as a potential impact player next season?

If it’s Biegel, Green Bay’s defense already looks different.

Jeff from Mandalas Beach, CA

From the beginning of Geronimo Allison’s rookie preseason I have said he looks like a younger version of Jordy Nelson. I’m not saying he’s there, at least not yet, but is it possible that the brain trust likes him enough to go defense early, stay away from Dez, and go WR no earlier than Round 3? We ser Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness iously need an edge rusher, a young bookend corner opposite King, and enough cap room to not get crippled by the coming Rodgers extension.

It’s a reasonable approach if the right players are there, but if the next Nelson is available in the second round, I’m not sure the Packers can pass on him. They need to build long-term depth of Rodgers targets for the back nine of his career.

JJ from Cape Coral, FL

Would you feel comfortable drafting Davenport?

I would, but I haven’t studied all of his college film the way a team of longtime scouts certainly has. Davenport is one of those players teams will view differently. I don’t know how the Packers view him.

Monty from Hazen, ND

I am seeing a lot of chatter about drafting Davenport with pick 14 because of his potential. With our free-agent activity, it seems we’re in “win now” mode. Do you think that might sway Gutekunst to pursue a more proven talent?

Not if he thinks Davenport could be the next Von Miller and the upside is more promise than just potential. If you really believe in the player, you take him. If you’re just hoping, there’s probably a better choice.

Jack from Dunlap, IL

The Wall Street Journal ran an article on athletic field hardness. The article claims 19 percent of NFL concussions come from contact with the field. If fields are “too soft, … they slow down runners. Too hard, and they increase the risk of concussion.” With the rightful concern for player safety, could it be best to soften the playing surface with the dual purpose to reduce ground impact concussions and slow players down a little to lessen the impact of collisions? Players are larger and faster than they used to be. How do you think such a move would change the game?

It’s an interesting theory, but assuming a natural surface can be made softer than an artificial one, I’m not sure there’s a viable solution that could tolerate the wear and tear, allowing for games to be played safely once each week or two.

Matt from Cedar Rapids, IA

Do you guys ever feel like strangling other reporters if they make your job harder? Example: ESPN reports Green Bay would be a good landing spot for Dez Bryant, you get dozens of Inbox requests of various kinds regarding Bryant.

It comes with the territory. I’ve learned to never say never in this business, but personally, I don’t get the Bryant speculation. As several Inbox readers have pointed out, the Packers probably could have kept Nelson for less than they’d have to pay Bryant, and they weren’t interested.

Tony from Appleton, WI

Dez to the Redskins so he can be with his good friend Josh Norman?

Apparently Bryant expressed a desire to stay in the NFC East so he can face the Cowboys twice per season. Whether Washington, Philadelphia or New York shows any interest is another matter.

Kirsten from Madison, WI

If you’re the first in your position group to be drafted, but you’re chosen at, say, 15 because the first 14 teams didn’t need the position you play, what’s a bigger factor in your contract – “best whatever in the draft” or “dropped to 15th”?

It’s all about the slot.

James from Chicago, IL

The Packers family lost a great member this week. Jon Bunge, the owner of Will’s Northwoods Inn in Chicago passed away. The atmosphere Jon created for Packers fans on game days made Will’s more than just a place to watch the game. For all of us cheeseheads in Chicago, Will’s was a home-away-from-home…a little piece of the northwoods on the north side. For all who knew him or ever watched a game at Will’s, Jon’s presence will forever be missed, but what he created for Packers (and Badger) fans in Chicago will carry on. We will all miss Jon.

Very sorry to hear that, and thanks for the kind words. Vic and I did a pep rally a number of years ago at Will’s, out in the street no less, and Gale Sayers even showed up. The atmosphere was memorable. Clearly, Jon was, too.

Dave from Lake Zurich, IL

I don’t think Wes’ is correct because Wes is not plural. Wes’s is the correct usage.

I was always taught if the noun ending in “s” being made possessive has one syllable, add the apostrophe and the  Bart Starr Jersey “s.” If it has more than one syllable, such as the name Davis, the apostrophe is enough.

Dan from Stockton, CA

Gotta love the Insider Inbox! What other NFL fan forum hosts discussions on the Oxford comma and appropriate use of apostrophe-based possessives. Here’s how I taught it back in the day: “If you say it, spell it.” When you say “Wes’s lunch,” you pronounce it “Wessuz.” When you say “Packers’ draft picks,” you don’t pronounce it “Packerzuz,” it’s just “Packerz.”

Or what Dan said.

Dave from Germantown, TN

I just took a look at the roster. Currently between the active roster and the tendered free agents we have 67 players. Add in 12 draft picks and that leaves only 11 spot s for either more veteran free agents or undrafted free agents. Do you think this more limited opportunity compared to prior years will have a negative impact on the quality of undrafted free agents who elect to sign with the Packers?

Not really. Undrafted free agents aren’t looking at the spots available on the 90-man roster. They’re projecting how many might be up for grabs on the 53 (or 63, counting practice squad).

Eric from Fennimore, WI

Loved the “Uniquely Qualified” Rock Report this past week. Montgomery has shown a ton of potential as a receiver and running back. With that said, on top of Mike McCarthy insisting Ty’s a running back going forward, how do you envision the Packers getting the most out of Montgomery with Jones and Williams showing promise as well?

With Montgomery, I’m anticipating a package of plays specifically designed with his versatility in mind that might be put into a given game plan, depending on matchups. As for the every-down, bell-cow part of it, the balance between riding a hot hand and keeping multiple backs fresh for 16-plus games should allow plenty of opportunities for all.

Ian from Onalaska, WI

I’ve noticed Josh Jackson has had pre-draft visits with four teams picking above us. Are the Packers missing out by not showing interest in him yet? I think he could become an offense’s nightmare in Green Bay. Not to mention they could possibly trade back to get him and gain the leverage to trade up to another Day 2 pick.

The teams picking ahead of the Packers might be hoping Jackson is there at the top of the second round. A visit can mean any number of things, but a lack of one doesn’t necessarily mean lack of interest.

 Deb from Shawano, WI

After the draft, when the Pack’s choices have been announced, can you link the draftees to the Primers completed – if you did one on a drafted player?

Absolutely. That Primer will be made available, prominently, the minute the Packers select the player. Our record for one draft is three hits (2014 – Clinton-Dix, Adams, Abbrederis). It would be fun to match or exceed that.

Aaron from Miami, FL

I can’t help to think that R. Rodgers and Jordy could have helped the offense for a very modest price. That along with replacing the QB coach makes me think the moves may be an attempt to get No. 12 out of his comfort zone in an attempt to challenge him to reach a new level. Is this part of the scrubbing of the playbook?

Challenging and pushing Rodgers might have been part of the thinking behind the playbook restructuring, but the roster and coaching moves are separate decisions.

Sam from Janesville, WI

What kind of world are we living in where fictional Insider Inbox characters are becoming self-aware?

I know, right?

Albert from Caledonia, MS

I was looking at the list of players that are in the Packers Hall of Fame. Are there any players that are absent that should be inducted? A.J. Hawk comes to mind as one player I think should be inducted.

I believe Hawk will be, in due time.

Matt from Eau Claire, WI

I was watching a highlight reel of all of Rodgers 40-plus-yard touchdowns the other day and I noticed something. Jordy Nelson was an excellent downfield blocker. He always was giving great blocks, even sometimes flying down the field to throw a block. Do you ever remember seeing a receiver who blocked as well as Jordy did?

Donald Driver set an example in that regard. Nelson said he followed Driver’s lead, and then he became the example to follow.

Pat from Wisconsin

Spoff/Wes, could we please have no hugging the commissioner after every pick…pulease…Hug your mom or dad, girlfriend. You hug the guy as if he was your besty and HE just gave you the world, and you don’t even know him. Just a thought.

I’ve always felt a hearty handshake would suffice.

Zach from Virginia Beach, VA

A little confused by the re-signing of House. By signing Williams, isn’t the plan to have Williams start opposite King and develop young talent on the roster? As well as talent to be added in draft?

Of course, but why not give yourself more veteran options?

Tracy from Sioux Falls, SD

How do GMs look at first-round picks? Do they look at the floor with an eye to the ceiling or the ceiling with an eye to the floor?

It can depend on their level of job security.

Shane from Saxon, WI

I’m surprised the Vikings are in the discussion for the season opener. It was announced in March they will play the Eagles for the Thursday night 2018 season opener.

I don’t believe the NFL has made it official yet, but the matchup was reported by some media outlets, yes.

Matt from Clarkston, MI

I hope you were able to dig out from the weekend’s storm. I wish Vic would have been around. I’d like to have seen him pumping gas in April as a snowman.

After five years, the annual cold spells were enough to send Vic to South Carolina. This type of insane mid-April weekend might have done it much sooner.

Joe from Bloomington, IN

I was watching the replay of the original “Lambeau Leap” and noticed that before Reggie White lateraled the ball to LeRoy Butler, he stepped out of bounds. Did that get picked up by the officials at the time?

Nope, but the real question is if replay had existed, and overturned the touchdown, would the Lambeau Leap still be what it is today?

Don from Florence, WI

A player I have heard next to nothing about this offseason is Reggie Gilbert. He was on the 53 for the final games and made plays. He is a good example of a developmental player. Any news on Reggie and other players like him?

I quietly posted this story after the scouting combine.

Herb from Albuquerque, NM

In regards to Spoff’s wonder about other pencil comments. How about, “I’ve got my pencil. Give me something to write on.” – David Lee Roth, “Hot for Teacher”

Van Halen has now appeared in the Inbox. My life is complete. Happy Monday, everybody.


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Jason from Lake View, NY

Good morning, Insiders! How many Dez Bryant questions did you guys rack up Friday?

Enough to make me grab the Tylenol before noon. Good morning!

Cindy from Los Angeles, CA

How do the coaching changes affect the draft board? I assume Pettine has different preferences for his players than Capers did. Do the scouts adjust their board according to those preferences, or are players graded in a vacuum?

I don’t anticipate as drastic a change as 2009 when the Packers switched to a 3-4 under Dom Capers. There is some carryover between Pettine’s scheme and what Capers ran. Certain skill sets may be preferable, but many kinds of players have succeeded in Pettine’s system. He can tailor the defense to the player. That’s a big strength in today’s NFL.

Cameron from Springville, UT

If Dez is available, do we take him? Nobody can replace Jordy, but he could be a good fill at receiver.

But what’s the price tag? Bryant may not get what he was set to make in Dallas, but he won’t come cheap. If it’s me, I’d take a young receiver in the draft to develop behind Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. Trust the (receiver) process you’ve built in Green Bay.

James from Concord, CA

With everyone so fired up about picking a defensive player with the first few picks, I think the pick should be offense. Picking defense at No. 14 will give us the second- or third-best edge rusher or CB. Picking offense we could get the best wideout, lineman or tight end in the draft.

Calvin Ridley is someone the Packers would have to think long and hard about if available at No. 14. Like Saquon Barkley at RB, Ridley is widely considered the top receiver in this year’s class with tremendous speed and natural route-running ability. The Packers need help on defense, but Ridley is a name to consider.

Maggie from Silver Spring, MD

A lot of the drafts I’ve seen recently have the Packers taking Derwin James at 14. However, this would potentially mean passing up talent like Fitzpatrick, Landry, or Davenport. If it comes down to a choice between one of the four, who would be the best choice for one of the holes in the defense?

That’s why they pay GMs the big bucks. Months of preparation are condensed down into a 10-minute window. Whatever decision you make impacts the future of your franchise. I was wary of Davenport at first, but a few people I’ve spoken to over the last week say he’s the real deal. He’s unproven, but the talent is real.

Steve from Alexandria, VA

Am I the only person who feels this angst over (and even discussion of) a revamped playbook is silly? I took it as (any) senior executive saying to his staff, “Let’s be willing to challenge our assumptions and not just do something in the future because we’ve done it in the past.” No more, no less.

The angst is silly. Those same fans would have found something to cry about if McCarthy said they’re keeping everything the same. You don’t make changes for the sake of changes. You make changes to improve and evolve. That’s why he and Joe Philbin opted to go back to square one.

Larry from Chippewa Falls, WI

House is back. Tell me their cornerback situation isn’t shaping up as they planned.

Tramon Williams and Davon House have seen this secondary at its very best and will pass those lessons on to the young guys in that room. Even if they draft a cornerback at No. 14, the Packers still need experienced ve Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness terans in that room. The offseason is for building 90-man Bart Starr Jersey  rosters, not depth charts.

Darrell from San Antonio, TX

With the House signing, does that allow for the Packers to concentrate more on edge rushers the first two rounds then fill in CB, WR, OL in rounds 3-7?

The draft is for planting seeds, not filling needs. I view the signing of Williams and House like the Packers bringing in Jahri Evans last year. It takes some of the pressure off and doesn’t back the personnel department into a corner (no pun intended).

Erik from Sisters, OR

Thank you for your insight about Kevin King being one piece of the boundary CB equation. That got me wondering about what exactly makes a CB more successful on the perimeter, skill-wise. Also, in my mind I would think it would take a better CB to play slot because of the expanded route tree from that position. To me, the boundary corner has the advantage of the sideline limiting route options.

The Packers look for height, arm length, strength and quickness in their boundary cornerbacks. Speed also helps when beaten over the top. All that plays into why King was the best fit for Green Bay. The “star” slot position requires talented defensive backs, as well. The skill set is a bit more varied, though, with both cornerbacks and safeties capable of functioning in that role.

Richard from Madison, WI

A couple of days ago referred to C.J. Wilson. I recall that he was on the roster at the same time as A.J. Hawk, B.J. Raji, and D.J. Williams and thinking that Ted Thompson was trying to work thru the entire alphabet. But that leads to the question: Who decides what name goes on the official roster? In particular, what’s up with the “Jr.”s and “III”?

That’s up to the player. After all, it is that individual’s name. For example, JC Tretter’s name was written as it is because he preferred no periods in his initials.

Josh from Hackensack, NJ

Please clear up one rule for me. I know that you can carry salary-cap money over from the previous year. Can it add up year after year, or for example, if the Packers carry 12 million over in 2018 is there a deadline to use it?

The deadline to use it is the final game of the regular season, which is why the Packers got deals done with Corey Linsley and Davante Adams in the days leading up to the Week 17 game in Detroit. Whatever remains is put in a carryout box and saved for next season.

Matt from Lancaster, PA

Donny from GB got me thinking, if both the Ravens and the Cardinals are vying for Lamar Jackson, would the Packers dare draft him and then deal? Or is it better to get what you can (if offered) before you make the pick?

You definitely want to either trade the pick or take a player you want on your roster. That’s not to say you couldn’t trade Jackson after the fact, but you lose some leverage once the card is turned in unless we’re talking about the first or second overall pick here.

Bob from Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green  Colby, KS

OK. Best player – Chubb or Barkley. Now who should Cleveland pick? Could they get Barkley with No. 4 since everyone is so hot for one of the QBs? Who’s the best QB?

Chubb or Barkley might be the best players, but the top three teams have to go with quarterbacks in my opinion. This year’s draft has too many good ones to be left without a dance partner. It’s time for the Giants to find their next “guy” and there’s no way the Jets traded up to not take a QB at No. 3.

Tim from Normal, IL

Insiders, being released does not mean players like Bryant and Jordy are washed up. They still have football left in them, just not at the level they were being paid. So Nelson gets signed for less money and Bryant will, too. My question is at what point will these and other star players accept they are no longer the star and accept their new secondary role? Do some never accept it?

Some do and some don’t. I look at players like Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith and Roddy White who developed roles after their prime. It all depends on the player and his personality.

Sebastian from Los Angeles, CA

I was reading an NFL article ranking the worst-to-best QB classes since 2000, and I hadn’t realized that another QB (Jason Campbell) was taken off the board right after Green Bay drafted Rodgers at 24. Say that Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were taken off the board before Green Bay’s turn, could Green Bay have taken Campbell at 24 and could his career have been any better under McCarthy’s tutelage? What was the grade given to Campbell compared to Smith and Rodgers?

I wonder if the Packers trade out of the first round if Rodgers wasn’t there at 24. I say this because of what Andrew Brandt wrote a few years ago about the Packers fishing for possible trade partners after going on the clock and Rodgers being the last player on their board with a first-round grade. Campbell was seen as a project right off the bat and Washington’s decisions to trade up to take him at No. 25 raised some eyebrows.

George from Hutchinson, MN

Me and imaginary friends were wondering why they call the Wonderlic test, the Wonderlic test? Is that a real word, or just imaginary?

It was created by some guy named E.F. Wonderlic in 1936. At least, that’s what Wikipedia says.

Eric from St Paul, MN

I appreciate the pre-draft coverage you guys do, it gives me as someone who doesn’t follow CFB a solid base. I saw a video on Oliver and I’m really hoping we grab him (more than any other top corner prospect) due primarily to his technique followed by his reach. Would having two lanky shutdown corners in Oliver and King be too much of the same thing? Can you really have too much of a great thing?

I can see why you don’t want to have too many running backs or receivers with the same skill set, but I don’t think the same applies at cornerback because of how many are required with sub-package football. I don’t think any team would complain if it had two Richard Shermans or Darrelle Revises in their prime.

Sawyer from Clemson, SC

While the draft is one of my favorite events, I’m also excited to see what happens in post-draft free agency, both for college free agents and veteran players. I feel like smart roster management and a seriously competitive 90-man roster are really built in that stage of free agency.

Just think about how important phone calls were placed in the hour after the draft. That’s when the Packers were introduced to the likes of Sam Shields and Lane Taylor. Heck, what about a guy like Lucas Patrick, who came to Green Bay as a tryout player at rookie orientation and he winds up starting games? Competition doesn’t require a draft choice.

Bob from Riverside, CA

I’ve really enjoyed the great articles and pictures from the Packers Tailgate Tour. It’s funny to see two Packers with No. 88 on the tour. Yesterday, I saw a great quote from Ty Montgomery that can put the number change to rest for good. In the article from the stop in Monroe, he said, “It is a testament to what I can do, my skill set. I bring a unique value to the team and I’m going to keep this number and it’s who I am.” I’m looking forward to seeing Ty deliver on that promise this year.

He’s a unique football player and there’s always room on the field for unique football players. Don’t sleep on Ty Montgomery in 2018.

Tom from New York, NY

Will Green Bay ever be in the running to host the draft? Is there any league more afraid of the cold than the NFL? Let’s host it next year, “1919-2019.”

It won’t be next year. I believe Denver, Kansas City, Tennessee and Canton are on the short list of finalists. The Pac Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 kers definitely will be in the running to host it someday. There are just a few logistical things to figure out before they make their big pitch.

Griffin from Belmont, NC

Is there a designated press box for each team playing or is it one press box with personnel from both teams? Is there friendly banter and conversation or just each person and their laptop?

Most NFL stadiums have one press box where all the media cover the game. It’s typically a lively atmosphere beforehand when the food is out.

Tom from Wood River, IL

Talk has been of multiple Super Bowl rings at different jobs, but how about Bob Harlan? Super Bowl ring with Packers, World Series ring with Cardinals in 1967!

Not a bad legacy.

Gary from Austin, MN

After we get past all this pre-draft time and this miserable winter ends, could you guys get a camera on the new grass in the stadium so we can watch the new grass grow?

Assuming this weather ever cooperates, we will have written and visual coverage of the new turf. First, it needs to stop snowing.

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

Can you do a Prospect Primer on Uncle Rico? I heard he used to throw a pigskin a quarter mile.

Now, there is an idea. I’ll see if our video department can get some of his file footage.

Chase from Sunnyvale, CA

If you were born in 2000, your first season was 2000. In 2001, you’d only be 1-year-old, but you’d be in your second season of life. Therefore, this is the Packers’ 100th season, and they will be turning 100 years old next year.

I’m so happy this had to be explained in Inbox.

Lori from Brookfield, WI

Wes, which player in the draft would be able to do the best job of protecting your lunch from Mike? Do you think Mr. G should trade up for him?

Will Hernandez. At 6-2, 330, I’m guessing he never fell victim to a stolen lunch. He’s probably the second-best guard prospect in the draft to Quenton Nelson and played with Aaron Jones at UTEP. However, it looks like Hernandez could come off the board later in the first round.

Jimmy from Dallas, TX

How much are you writers paid? Coaches, players, ref salaries are public. Why not journalists?

Because I’m not a coach, player or ref. How much do you make?

Bubba from Pocatello, ID

Spoff the Grammar God, it’s still the offseason, so how about a grammar question? Last Friday you wrote, “I wouldn’t have to steal Wes’s lunch every day.” I was taught to write “Wes’ lunch.” Are both correct?

Both are correct.

Steve from Salem, OR

Why do you guys complain about long days, no vacation in August and late flights? The re Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 st of the working world has similar issues.

So I assume you’ve never complained about it then?

Stephen from Chicago, IL

I have no problem with Vikings fans buying a $129 photo of their franchise’s greatest achievement. I would spend the same amount for pictures of Favre running with his helmet off in SB XXXI; Rodgers/Matthews on stage after SB XLV; McGee’s one-handed nab in SB I, and Adderley making that pick in front of Fred Biletnikoff in SB II (honorable mention to the picture of Kramer carrying Lombardi off the field). What moment or moments would you spend $129 to immortalize on your wall?

This submission. Well done. Have a good weekend, folks.