Green Bay Packer’s GM Brian Gutekunst shocked Packer Nation and stepped out signing 4, yes 4 Free Agents! They also tendered several of their own. One surprise signing was the return of TE Marcedes Lewis. He was seldom used in 2018 and had done some trash talking about Rodgers in the off-season. This may signal the departure of 31 year old Lance Kendricks.
The Packers signed 2 Edge Rushers, Za’ Darius Smith and Preston Smith, both young, up and coming players. Then Gutekunst addressed the need for a Safety, in immediate starter Adrian Amos and then on the Oline with versatile Billy Turner. The Packers labeled all four as players with their skills on the rise. I believe familiarity with these players was also a key. Gutekunst targeted these four players specifically. They now add depth and quality to a Mike Pettine defense, that was on the rise in 2018.
What looked like one week ago, a Packer’s 2019 Draft that would focus on defense, now appears to be a draft that can focus on quality and depth on either side of the ball. I’m talking about adding a Tight End, Running Back, Olineman, and even a quality Wide Out! This is totally different from what I had written in previous articles. This is why I stated all this projecting is purely for entertainment purposes. If anyone claims to have predicted these moves, I’d have to see it both on video and in writing!
Now for some projections about the 2019 Draft, LOL!! At #12 look for the Packers to a) move down a few spots and receive another pick, or b) choose an Olineman like Jonah Williams, Cody Ford or Dalton Risner. With #30 I believe the Packers get a TE, TJ Hockenson, Noah Fant, or Irv Smith Jr., any one would be a great choice. With pick #44 they could draft a RB, Damien Harris, David Montgomery, Miles Sanders would all fit nicely in the Packers scheme. Pick #76 could yield another Safety at this spot, Johnathan Abram or Line Backers Tre Lamar, or Cameron Smith.
The rest of the Picks 108, 112, 140, 172, 182 and 204 could yield an abundance of depth anywhere on the field. I find it really exciting that the Packers, specifically Gutekunst and Ball have maneuvered the Free Agency so that they can maximize the draft to add talent to the team. Once again Packer fans were ready to crucify Gutekunst on Day One of Free Agency only to eat crow on Day Two!
Let’s enjoy the rest of the Off Season without jumping to conclusions. This can be a frustrating time or we can absolutely love every minute!
As Always, Go Pack Go,
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