It’s NFL draft week. We are two days away from the NFL draft. This is one of the most exciting 3 days in sports. The NFL on stage, kids realizing their dreams and hearing their name called as a team selects them. Does it get much bigger than this, at this time of year? The draft will look a bit different this year as team personal will be drafting at their homes instead of in their usually war rooms.
The NFL held a trial run of the draft yesterday. There were some technical bugs that they need to work through, but for the most part, it went well. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst received the answers that he needed. He did not go into specifics, but in his pre-draft conference call he stated he will have multiple communication channels during the draft. There will be one with his top personnel executives, another with the medical staff for their evaluations and another with scouts who will be working the phones and seeking or fielding trade offers. Overall, he was pleased with how it all went from his end.
So who will the Packers pick when they draft 30th in Thursday nights NFL draft? That is the big question. There is no real clear cut answer yet, as things are all over the board. One latest mock that I have seen, has the Packers taking LB Patrick Queen from the LSU.
Let’s take a look at Patrick Queen.
Queen was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and grew up in Livonia, LA. He was a finalist for the 2016 Warrick Dunn Award, which goes to the top player in the Baton Rouge area. He was also the first player from Livonia to receive a scholarship offer from LSU.
Patrick Queen became an starting into 2018, when he started the last five games of the season. He was a full-time starter for the Tigers in 2019. In all, he started 16 games. During his 41 game collegiate career, he had 131 tackles (17.5 for a loss) with four sacks and an interception.
He weights 229 lbs and is 6 feet tall. At the NFL combine he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds, had 35 inch vertical, 10-5 broad jump and 18 bench reps of 225 pounds.
The Packers and GM Brian Gutekunst are now on the clock. Whether they take LB Patrick Queen or if a wide receiver falls to them that they like, remains to be seen. Either way, Gutekunst is ready for this unprecedented draft.
Go Pack Go!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag