Packers again willing to move up in first round

NFL: APR 26 2018 NFL Draft
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The Packers traded up in last year’s draft to select quarterback Jordan Love, who played no snaps last season and might play no snaps this season. They hope to get more help out of their first-round choice this year.

Green Bay has the 29th choice in Thursday’s opening round.

General Manager Brian Gutekunst admits he might be tempted to trade up again this year.

“It’s always tempting for me,” Gutekunst said of moving up, via NFL Media. “I think when you’re sitting at [No.] 29 and watching those kind of players come off the board that you’ve spent so much time studying and kind of thinking about how they could affect your football team, it’s always tempting. You gotta be careful and you gotta be careful not to fall in love with any individual player. We’ll look at each opportunity we have to move up. We’ve done that in the past. We’ve moved down in the past, as well. But, we’ll look at each opportunity and, if it makes sense, we certainly won’t be afraid to do that.”

The Packers will have Aaron Rodgers for at least one more season. That gives me at least one more season to win a Super Bowl.

The window is open, but for how long?

The Packers need as much help as they can get out of this draft to try and knock off the Bucs and other contenders in the NFC before time runs out on the Rodgers’ era in Green Bay.

“We have a very good football team coming back, which gives me a little more freedom, I think, as we attack the board to go with the best player,” Gutekunst said. “But I think at the same time, I think for me, the one thing, if we have a chance to move up to take a specific player that we feel is special, I think you have to always consider that. I think we have since I’ve been kinda, the last three years, I think we’ve done that and we’ll always kinda do that. There’s only so many game-changing-type players in this league. If you have the opportunity to acquire one, I think you have to consider it.”

17 responses to “Packers again willing to move up in first round

  1. Looks like they move up to grab whomever will be the fifth QB selected in the 1st round.

  2. The Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick the same year the 49ers took Alex Smith with the first pick. It’s not where you draft. It’s who you draft that matters.

  3. Packers will draft at least 2 WRs this year, whether they think their future beyond this season is Rodgers or Love. Also a CB who can put King on the bench sooner rather than later.

  4. Why don’t they trade Jordan Love to one of these QB needy teams? Why don’t the “experts” talk about how he compares to this year’s QB’s.

  5. How many fan bases would trade their last 2 seasons for GB’s? 26-6, back to back Title Game appearances.

    The answer is every team other than the Bucs and Chiefs.

    Also, the Vikes haven’t won the NFC is 45 years.

  6. They’d be better served to trade for Julio Jones, who can help them win right now. You can always create more cap space.

  7. bingo2112 says:
    April 26, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Why don’t they trade Jordan Love to one of these QB needy teams? Why don’t the “experts” talk about how he compares to this year’s QB’s.
    *******
    They have.
    In a recent article, a pair of unnamed NFC and AFC scouts had Jordan Love ranked 3rd overall in this draft’s crop of QBs.
    In a related article, Marc Ross, a longtime former Giants’ executive and current on-air NFL Network talent, actually put his name to it declaring he had Love ranked 3rd also.

    “You have the top two (Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson),” Ross told Mark Eckel of Packer Report. “I would put Love right behind those two.”

    Given current team needs for QBs, Ross also stated that Jordan Love had a chance to be a top 5 pick in this draft, definitely in the top 10. (You can Google it.)

    Jordan Love is a definite talent with a rocket for an arm.
    Does he possess the mental makeup and drive to succeed at the NFL level and become a competent starting QB in this league? That’s anyone’s guess.
    He’ll get the coaching in Green Bay, it really comes down to how bad he wants it.

  8. Jordan Love in 2018 : 3,500 yards, 32 TDs, 6 INTS. The following season he’d lost his HC, OC, and a good chunk of his linemen and skill players. And he forced too many. All’s while trying to carry the team.

    Reminds me a bit his one David Bakhtiari was an overlooked OT 5-6 years ago in part because he played for a winless Colorado Buffaloes team. Winning organizations like the Green Bay Packers know how to see through the numbers. That’s why they’re 13 time world champs.

    GoPackGo!!

  9. bingo2112 says:

    April 26, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Why don’t they trade Jordan Love to one of these QB needy teams? Why don’t the “experts” talk about how he compares to this year’s QB’s.
    ————–
    Because other than to homer fans there isnt value there to other teams. Since being drafted Love value has went down, not up. Not only was he passed on and lasted into the 20’s last year hes now 1 year into his rookie contract which makes him even less valuable and hasn’t shown anything on the field to prove those teams that passed on him they were wrong.

  10. @charliecharger says “The Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick the same year the 49ers took Alex Smith with the first pick. It’s not where you draft. It’s who you draft that matters.”

    Yes and no. Alex Smith could have been a very successful QB if he hadn’t had six offensive coordinators in six years. The team that drafts you plays a huge role too. Just ask David “running for my life” Carr about that.

    The most successful franchises pretty much always have stability in their leadership.

  11. The Packers will have Aaron Rodgers for at least one more season. That gives me at least one more season to win a Super Bowl.
    __________

    I didn’t realize Charean was such a Packer fan.

  12. 34patfitz says:
    April 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    How many fan bases would trade their last 2 seasons for GB’s? 26-6, back to back Title Game appearances.
    _____________

    Remember when it used to be about winning championships?

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