Key Takeaways From Brian Gutekunst’s Pre-Draft Presser
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst is getting ready for the 2020 NFL Draft. This will be his third draft as the Packers general manager. Last year, the Packers tried to rebuild their teams along with their dynamic free agents. This year, the Packers got close to the Super Bowl yet again. Now, they’re trying to be in win-now mode along with trying to have key additions for the future. Gutekunst did not give any full hints, but he left a few crumbs to think about heading into this draft. Ross Uglem of The Packer Report did a great job with transcribing quotes. He is worth a follow before the draft if you haven’t done that already.
– Packers might be looking for a receiver early: Based on Gutekunst’s comments, he knows there are different tiers to the wide receiver class. There is an elite tier with Ceedee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs that the Packers will have no chance to draft. But there is a large group of second-tier guys that can be dynamic players for Green Bay. After that, there is a little bit of a fall off so I get it from Gute.
– Gute is ready to roll with what the NFL Draft gives him: This is the fascinating part of the Packers’ draft at 30. It seems like there is a plan in place for the Packers to move up, move down, or stay put. Part of the reason why I’m so fascinated by this draft is anything could happen with the Packers at 30. Gutekunst seems to acknowledge this fact.
– Packers are ready to make moves after the draft: One of the things that are worth noting about the Packers is they’re not done after the NFL Draft. Green Bay always does work in the undrafted free agent game. But also, they have many veterans that they could potentially bring back. Lane Taylor, Tramon Williams, Jared Veldheer, and they may have an interest in new free agent Marquise Lee. This does put Green Bay in a bit of a house money spot with all of those positions even tackle. I’d prefer to draft an offensive tackle, but Veldheer is a good backup plan.
– Thank God, Ted Thompson isn’t running this draft: Could you imagine Ted Thompson running a virtual draft? No way would have happened, right? Do you think Thompson would have let the Packers IT go into his apartment? No fucking chance. Thompson would have probably quarantined himself inside Lambeau and just lived there for a month or so.
I cannot wait to see what the Packers will do on Thursday.