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Scouring of game film over the last six weeks has gone up

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Former Packers WR Donald Driver

Eric from Reedsburg, WI

Keep up the good work guys. It is only a few more days until we get bombarded by articles second-guessing the Packer draft picks.

Can't wait.

Kelly from Kimballton, IA

Which would have a larger impact on defense this year – using an early pick on a D-lineman, MLB, or slot corner?

I think it's a close call between the lineman and the inside linebacker, but I'd lean toward the lineman, all else being equal.

Paul from West Allis, WI

With any number of things that may need to be addressed before the actual NFL Draft, will the general public know of any issues or will things be done internally?

The league is conducting a mock draft today to test all the technology. There are plenty of national reporters who will tap into their sources to find out how it went. The Green Bay media are also getting a chance to talk with Brian Gutekunst late Monday afternoon, so we'll see what he shares about the process.

Randy from Highland, IL

II, in regards to the discussion of White or Brees as the all-time top free-agent signing. I would give the edge to White. As I understand the situation in Green Bay at the time no one wanted to play in Green Bay, and White's arrival changed that outlook for other free-agent signings that followed. I realize that Brees came to a team with fans who wore bags on their heads, but I think White's overall impact was greater.

I wholeheartedly agree, and the bags were off the New Orleans fans' heads long before Brees came. The Saints went to the playoffs three straight times in the early '90s and won the first playoff game in franchise history in 2000, six years before Brees arrived. No one really challenges Brees for No. 2 on the list, though.

Jay from Altoona, WI

There are countless stories of undrafted players who caught the eye of a scout or GM during a draft pro day when scouts were making a visit for a big-name player. With pro days largely being cancelled, will there be such players who slip through the cracks who otherwise might have caught on to a roster, or will those players still find a way? Do you see teams having additional tryout players once teams are actually able to assemble?

We may hear more stories this year about that "other" guy showing up on film while a scout was studying another prospect, because without pro days and in-person visits, the scouring of game film over the last six weeks has gone up by an unquantifiable factor. Teams are still going to build 90-man rosters, so comparing those hopefuls' chances to other years will really come down to how training camps unfold.

Larry from Bakersville, NC

No, no, no. Mike needs to remain clean shaven. Let Spoff grow a beard instead.

(Insert Vinnie Barbarino "I'm so confused" gif here.)

Dana from Eau Claire, WI

The only pick that would surprise me, slightly, in Round 1 is a QB. I don't think they can go wrong at almost any other position with best available. If you think it came down to D-lineman and O-lineman and they were ranked the same, is there one position rated a bit higher than the other?

Just from what I've heard and read, my gut tells me the offensive tackles projected to be available at the end of the second round will look more attractive than the defensive linemen, but you never know how it's going to fall.

Jon from Temecula, CA

In 2009, the Packers had two first-round draft picks and won the Super Bowl the next season. Last year, two first-round picks......first time since Raji/Matthews. Also, as much as we beat up the 2015 draft, look back at '03 and '04. Nick Barnett and Scott Wells were the only things that came out of those 15 picks.

For the record, Corey Williams (sixth round, '04) turned into a pretty decent player. But there's a reason Ted Thompson was hired in '05.

Ron from Waukesha, WI

The NFL Draft seems to be a perfect example of the "50-50-90 Rule." When you have a 50-50 chance of making the correct choice, you're usually wrong 90% of the time. With all the time and resources spent on player evaluations and analysis, why doesn't the first round have a higher success rate?

Because those being evaluated are humans, those doing the evaluating are humans, those making the decisions are humans, and there are no do-overs. Put another way, it's a crystal-ball business, because while it looks like the players moving from the college ranks to the pros are playing the same game, in many ways they're not.

Jim from Woodbury, MN

Watching game replays the past couple of weeks, I've observed Finley and Collins were pretty good. That is all.

Yes, yes they were. Collins was one of numerous home-run picks by Thompson in the second round, while Finley was one of the top three picks he ever made in the third round.

Vinny from Arlington, VA

I realize a lot is riding on the upcoming draft but from prior history, are there a number of veteran players that are cut after the draft? It is clear that the team can't address every single need in the draft. However, can we expect veteran players to be released between post-draft and training camp to provide an additional avenue to acquire players?

Yes. As teams fill out their 90-man rosters after the draft, there are veteran players who will be deemed expendable.

Sandy from Green Bay, WI

Coach LaFleur set a very high baseline for himself with the success he experienced during his first season coaching the Packers. I know the goal is always to get to the Super Bowl, but keeping in mind how difficult it is to achieve that goal, do you think Coach LaFleur will be vulnerable to criticism with nothing less than a deep playoff run his second year? Does his successful first season secure him a bit of "wiggle room" in case the team has a bit of a letdown during his second season?

LaFleur proved the game is not too big for him and he can succeed at this level. That's all that really matters. Will the criticism be more harsh if the Packers stumble in Year 2 than it would have been in Year 1? Yes. Success breeds expectations. It's part of the deal, and he's well aware of it.

Peder from Muskegon, MI

Regarding Matty's question about transporting Jordy back to the '60s, I think your answer was spot on. However, that door swings both ways. What would those '60s Packer greats look like with today's sports training, diet and tech? Monsters most likely.

I won't argue.

Jake from Shoreview, MN

How much does the signing of Christian McCaffrey affect the Packers trying to sign Aaron Jones? Does this raise the cost of re-signing him?

I don't see how it doesn't. To what degree depends on when they try to negotiate a new deal, and if it's not until after the 2020 season, what kind of season Jones has.

Heather from Racine, WI

Who will be the No. 2 wideout? Allen Lazard or Devin Funchess?

I have no idea. I also don't know if they'll be the only candidates.

Steven from Silver Spring, MD

For all the conversation about positional impact, I still look at two teams, Rams and Bears. In 2018 both offenses were ascending units offensively with new(er) coaches. Through different means both teams suffered major regressions on the right side of their OL coming into 2019 and the results couldn't have been more stark. Both teams QBs were less efficient, play calls were less effective and RBs were less productive. A lesson learned?

I think the QBs involved were the biggest factor. Personnel changes and injuries in the backfield played roles as well.

Joel from Singapore

Good day to you folks. Do you think that scouts who speak to the media anonymously go out of their way to manufacture hype for certain players they consider to be potential bust picks?

Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.

Dan from Jimboomba, Australia

I hope this doesn't offend, and I'm sure this isn't easy. But sheer "talent," who is the best receiver you've covered in your time? Connection with Jordy was second to none but I've forever loved Greg Jennings for his route running and safe hands combo. Though I feel like Davante Adams is pushing his title. Pure talent...I'm keen on your thoughts given your exposure.

You're right, it's not easy, and you won't like my answer because I'm going to equivocate. No receiver I've covered looked more ready to step into the NFL on Day 1 than Jennings. He just looked smooth and natural from the start. But the sideline footwork and explosion after the catch Nelson developed eventually gave him abilities Jennings never had. And Adams' footwork and quickness at the line of scrimmage give him something the others didn't possess. All that said, if we put my observations aside and go with the opinion of Rodgers, here's what he told me in a Yearbook interview I conducted with him last spring: "With all due respect to everyone who's ever played here with me, we've never had a guy who (was a great player, teammate and leader) and was as talented as '17.'"

Corey from Bethlehem, PA

I read the Jags may be looking to move Leonard Fournette, which is crazy considering two years ago they almost beat the Patriots for a Super Bowl berth and now they are rebuilding again. How do teams fall off that fast? Especially with such a strong nucleus of young talent?

It was actually three seasons ago. How time flies. But without a true franchise quarterback, no strong nucleus of young talent can generate consistent success in this league. Fleeting moments or seasons, sure, but the QB is needed to sustain it.

Tim from Charlotte, NC

Out of curiosity, I did some research on the "Lombardi 12." 1963 was Dave Robinson's first year, and Jim Ringo's last, but also the year in which Paul Hornung did not play. So it appears they never all played together at the same time. Is this correct?

Yes, I never thought of it that way, but you're correct. For what it's worth, eight of the 12 were on all five of Lombardi's title teams – Gregg, Starr, Nitschke, Adderley, Davis, Wood, Jordan and Kramer. Taylor and Hornung were on the first four title teams but not the fifth. Ringo missed the last three championships, and Robinson missed the first two.

James from Asheville, NC

There have been 52 Super Bowls. With an average roster size of 43 (over that span) I've come up with about 4,500 players. Those who have played in multiple SBs would knock it down to maybe 3,500. My point is how rarified that air is and how cherished an opportunity it must be for those involved. That's why it's the dream of every man who ever put on an NFL uniform.

And why the prize is so cherished.

Matt from Hawthorne, NJ

I think trading out of the first round into early second is a good move depending on how the Packers' board looks at that point, but it would be somewhat depressing to watch three hours of the draft and not see a Packers pick. What's your preference being that you have to report on any news/updates either way?

My preference is for pick 30 to arrive sooner than later so we can get our coverage on the site ASAP for everyone to consume. Whether it's a pick or a trade, we'll write about and analyze it thoroughly regardless.

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Rick from Bluffton, SC

Could you explain what are the expected salary or bonus payouts to those drafted in the first round? How does it change between the first one selected and the 32nd selection? Also, is there a big change to a second-round selection?

Last year, the No. 1 overall pick got a contract with a total value of around $35 million (for four years), including a signing bonus of $23.5 million. The No. 32 overall pick's contract was worth around $10 million with a signing bonus of a little over $5 million. For the top picks in the second round, contract value dropped to $7-7.5 million with a signing bonus of $3-3.5 million.

Nik from Piedmont, SC

Generally the option to trade back at the end of Round 1 is for a team looking to get an available QB for the fifth-year option. This year it's Indy at 34. We get 34 and 75 and give up 30. Book it.

No way Indy gives up a mid-third to move up just four spots. If offered, that's a steal for Gutekunst.

Willis from Pensaukee, WI

How rare are in-division trades and can you speak to some of the most memorable?

They're very rare in Packers history. There were a couple back in the early Super Bowl era (trading Ron Kramer to Detroit in '66, and then Bob Hyland, Elijah Pitts and Lee Roy Caffey to Chicago; both deals netted first-round picks). The most significant one of the (relatively) current era wasn't significant at the time. At the end of training camp in 1998, Ron Wolf traded return man Glyn Milburn to the Bears for a seventh-round pick the following spring. Green Bay used that seventh-rounder on Donald Driver. Ted Thompson also swapped fifth-round picks with the Vikings in 2008, acquiring an extra seventh-rounder. Minnesota moved up to take QB John David Booty. The Packers then took Breno Giacomini later in the fifth and QB Matt Flynn with the extra seventh.

Rob from Katy, TX

NFC North teams planning on trading in the draft?

The Lions have made it clear they're listening to offers for the No. 3 overall pick. With the first two picks seemingly clear cut, this is where it appears the intrigue starts.

Matt from Manhattan, KS

If we're doing a line of II jerseys, we can't forget to put the name "Banned" over No. 88...

Amen.

Clayton from Chicago, IL

I kept checking and rechecking the app all morning while waiting for II to post. At one point, I even thought something might have happened to you guys. Around noon, I realized it was Sunday so I'm thinking I need a little more structure in my life because the days are really starting to blend together.

Happy draft week, everyone.

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