Packers G.M. downplays Drew Lock’s pre-draft visit

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The Packers have benefitted from generational stability at quarterback, a stability that stemmed from drafting one in the first round when they had a 35-year-old star at the top of his game.

But even though Aaron Rodgers was a clearly defined successor to Brett Favre, Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst downplayed bringing in Missouri quarterback Drew Lock for a pre-draft visit was part of a plan to eventually replace Rodgers.

“I think the whole succession plan thing, I think is a little bit overhyped or whatever,” Gutekunst said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “I go back to when I first started and certainly when Ted [Thompson] came back [as GM in 2005], we value that position extremely highly. And I think every year we spent a lot of time on quarterbacks and try to figure out what kind of players those guys are going to be in the NFL. I think it’s really, really important to us because if you don’t have one it’s really tough to win in this league. So, you know, for us it’s just about each and every year trying to decide which of the guys that could potentially be starters in this league and difference maker-type players. And then if you ever have an opportunity to take them sometime in the draft and it’s the best thing for your team I don’t think you can hesitate with that, you know?

“Again, we’re lucky to have the best player in the NFL playing that position right now. But at the same time, just like I was talking about before, your needs can change just like that. So, I think it was just doing due diligence. There’s always questions, specifically with those guys, maybe that are a little more thorough and more in depth that you’ve got to get to the bottom of and so we were trying to do that.”

The Packers are in a position to invest for the future, since they have a pair of first-round picks (12th and 30th overall).

And it would be easier to dismiss bringing in Lock as one of their 30 visitors if they didn’t also try to schedule Duke’s Daniel Jones. But Gutekunst said between medical issues and other considerations, the extra visits could mean many things.

“Certainly, there’s a medical part of it,” Gutekunst said. “There was a bunch of guys not at the combine that we needed medical grades on. That’s part of it. A lot of it is just trying to get to know guys a little bit more. There were some unanswered questions that when we came out of the combine or pro days that we didn’t feel like we had answered.

“And then sometime there’s just some subterfuge thrown in there as well.”

And that’s fine, as they have enough visits to do things just to mess with their opponents. If that’s all they’re doing, of course.

26 responses to “Packers G.M. downplays Drew Lock’s pre-draft visit

  1. best player at the position? yea ok. somebody check his drink. make sure nobody roofied him.

  2. That’s fine to take the most important position on an NFL football team seriously.
    To analyze it properly and to make sure that there’s no stone unturned when it come to stocking it.

    But, then again, I’ve seen some team’s GMs try and fill it as if they’re throwing darts at a dartboard.
    And, as crazy as it may seem, they even go into an offseason with absolutely nobody signed to even play it.
    I’m not joking.
    You’d almost think that would be reason enough to lose your job, but nope.

  3. If Rodgers is going to play at least another 4 years I can’t imagine they would spend a round 1-3 pick on a QB when there are other more immediate holes to fill.

  4. Any team with two or more 1st-round picks should be looking hard at QBs. It’s a rare opportunity.

  5. Aaron won’t like it if they draft a QB this year. In 3-4 years he’ll likely be more open to it.

  6. purpleguy says:
    April 22, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    If Rodgers is going to play at least another 4 years I can’t imagine they would spend a round 1-3 pick on a QB when there are other more immediate holes to fill.

    ==============

    In Favre’s final season with the Packers, he went 13-3, won the division, won a playoff game, set multiple all-time NFL records, and was a game away from the Super Bowl. It can happen any time.

  7. kevpft says:

    In Favre’s final season with the Packers, he went 13-3, won the division, won a playoff game, set multiple all-time NFL records, and was a game away from the Super Bowl. It can happen any time.
    ###

    And the following year, they wouldn’t allow Favre on the field at training camp and ultimately traded him.

    Rodgers has been injury prone and can’t lead the team to wins consistently anymore. The Packers are stuck with him due to his contract which makes him untradeable for the next couple of years.

    Their only hope is a young QB on a rookie deal, so that’s why they brought Lock in.

  8. Nothing is more amusing to me than when a gaggle of Barneys try to school Packer fans on their QB issues.
    Well, maybe the fact they still continue to ridicule Packer fans over the teams lack of Super Bowl wins.
    That irony is a tad bit funnier.

  9. History will show that Lock may well be the best of three.
    Way underrated just needs to sit a year or two and learn. GB is the perfect scenario.

  10. I’m more amused by a prediction of 3 HOF QBs back to back.

  11. This is brilliant actually. Bunch of teams drafting after GB at 12 who need or want a QB… they fear GB is serious about taking QB so they trade up in front of GB, pushing the players GB actually wants to them. Simple.

  12. Tonight, the Brewers are playing in St Louis, the Bucks are playing in Detroit, and by looking at just this one thread, it’s evident that the Packers are playing in the head of every Minny fan.

  13. When Gute finds a QB he thinks is the next guy he won’t hesitate to draft him. It doesn’t appear he found him in this draft. He basically said as much at the pre-draft presser today.

    I love Gute’s honesty when he admits subterfuge is sometimes part of scheduling pre-draft visits.

    If Gute can swing something close to Hockenson, Burns, and Thornhill with our first 3 picks(#12, #30, #44), I will be popping corks on a couple bottles of Krug Friday night.

    #InGuteWeTrust

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  14. Liberalsruineverything says:
    April 22, 2019 at 8:36 pm
    Nothing is more amusing than watching an entitled franchise, quarterback and fan base think they are still relevant.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I’ll agree with one thing…….Packer fans are entitled……..to laugh at obsessed Viking trolls. .

  15. “Don’t be the problem” – organization never denied saying this

    Bring in Lock, try to bring in Jones – nothing to see here :rollseyes:

    “You’d almost think that would be reason enough to lose your job, but nope.”

  16. Don’t be the problem” – organization never denied saying this
    ——
    Where you been? Both Murphy and Rodgers called it 100% false. That’s not a denial?

  17. It went over 8 days without denial by the organization. Three days after Rodgers went public and denied, they still left him hanging in the wind. At that point Murphy claimed “It’s a lot of half-truths and a lot of stuff just made up”. I suppose better late than never.

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