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It’s how the personnel wheel turns

Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, Head Coach Matt LaFleur and President/CEO Mark Murphy
Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, Head Coach Matt LaFleur and President/CEO Mark Murphy

Will from Glendale, AZ

Double dipping into what might be the best defense in college football history? Sign me up.

Triple dipping if you count last year's first round. But as much respect as the Packers have for the program, they drafted the players first and foremost. They really like these guys.

Steve from Rockford, IL

Absolutely love the picks. Just like baseball, good strategy to be strong up the middle. Do you think it's possible these two actually could make Clark and Campbell even better? If so, look out.

I'm not sure Clark and Campbell can be much better, frankly. It's more about trying to get equivalent production in similar spots from other players.

Kurt from Sartell, MN

Run the ball, move the sticks with a conservative pass game and play great D. This is starting to look like ML's team.

Let's not get carried away. An Aaron Rodgers passing game by no means needs to be conservative. But it's fair to say since LaFleur got here, the Packers have been developing additional ways to win games.

Matt from Tea, SD

So is the sky falling now that we didn't select a WR?

Not in my book, and I said as much in the weeks leading up to the draft. I was pretty sure once Treylon Burks was taken at No. 18, as the sixth wide receiver off the board, the Packers weren't going to draft one until tonight.

Dan from Northbrook, IL

The value on a wide receiver wasn't there, so I'm not upset. I am excited that we could have the best defense in the NFL?

There are a lot of games to play before anyone starts ranking anybody. But I do think the Packers could have their best pair of inside linebackers since Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk were playing side by side more than a decade ago, and the defensive line could be its deepest since the (fairly brief) Raji-Pickett-Daniels era.

Graydon from Menomonie, WI

What was faster? Devonte Wyatt running a 4.77-second 40-yard dash or the amount of time it took to submit the card with Wyatt's name for pick No. 28?

I thought Wyatt was going to be the pick at 22, to be honest. When he was still available at 28, I figured only a really good offer to trade back was going to stop the Packers from picking him.

LJ from Greenville, SC

Another streak is finally over! I think the D gained contributors, flexibility and depth. Any potential impact on special teams? What would be the cost to get into the top 10 of Round 2? Thanks for all you do.

Walker played a lot of special teams his first three years at Georgia, but as Gutey said, that's not why the Packers drafted him. We'll have to see how that plays out. As for moving up, packaging No. 53 with the third-round pick would get up into the top 10 of the second round.

Shane from Coralville, IA

I believe 11 of the last 12 first-round picks from the Packers have been on defense … Is that some sort of record?

I don't know, Margo. I mean, Shane. But I do know thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau that this is the first time in the common era draft (since 1967) that a team has selected three consecutive first-round picks from the same school.

Ian from Sherman Oaks, CA

The Packers' disinterest in picking a wide receiver in the first round has been picked over to death and predictably played out yet again. But what about the fact that, in the last 10 years, the only offensive first-round draft pick has been Jordan Love? That's not random, right? That has to be driven by philosophy.

I think that's been driven by the fact that, until perhaps this year, the Packers have regularly gone into the draft with a defense that didn't measure up to the offense.

Eddie from Onalaska, WI

Mike, the draft is a game show now. An overmarketed game show! They even have a red carpet! I hate it. Should I see myself to the Old Curmudgeons Home?

When they have the draft in Green Bay, instead of a red carpet they should have everyone walk through a gauntlet of tailgaters in the Lambeau parking lot.

Ummy from Two Rivers, WI

All three networks covering the draft had way too many distractions and not enough info. Thoughts?

Yeah, I didn't need to see a couple dozen players making the long behind-the-scenes walk toward the stage and posing while putting on a hat along the way. After the first few, that got awfully old awfully fast.

Richard from Menasha, WI

Does Evan Siegle get to see the draft board? Maybe you could get him to take a quick picture to share with the II faithful.

Evan values his expensive camera equipment.

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H.R. from Las Vegas, NV

Non-draft question! I know they have until Monday, but what's up with the fifth-year options on Gary and Savage? Is the team hoping to get a long-term deal done with each and not have to use the option? Or are they waiting to see how the draft shakes out?

I would expect the fifth-year option to be exercised on Gary. I'm not sure about the decision on Savage. It's really about whether the team wants to commit to that elevated salary for the player's fifth year. Working out a second contract can still occur either way, but the option buys more time to do so.

Fred from Shorewood, WI

Good morning, a couple of days ago when you were asked to post your Mt. Rushmore of bad No. 1 draft picks, don't you think Justin Harrell should have been included? As I recall he was a first-round pick whom no other team seemed to have on their board, and he was pretty much a complete bust for four years. Thanks for your consideration. Have a good time during the draft.

Like Carroll and Fullwood, Harrell definitely deserves consideration, but I don't think there's much arguing with the first four I picked, for the reasons previously mentioned.

Jason from Janesville, WI

Regarding Brent Fullwood: If memory serves me correct, he was one of the reasons we got Mandarich. With his Pro Bowl season in the book, Barry Sanders wasn't being considered. Mandarich was supposed to be the big road grader that cleared the way for Fullwood.

Choosing Fullwood fourth overall in 1987 may have factored in passing on Sanders two years later, but Fullwood's lone Pro Bowl season was in '89, Mandarich's rookie year. Fullwood had 757 rushing yards combined in his first two seasons.

Thomas from Madison, WI

When BG jumped up to pick JL I was certain of the Patrick Q. name on the card. Surprise! Do you think De'Vondre Campbell is on the roster if we don't draft Love? Deep thoughts.

That's one example of many as to how a single draft decision (or non-decision) impacts future moves. Campbell probably doesn't choose to come to Green Bay last year if there isn't a clear opening to be the signal caller in the middle of the defense. Similarly, passing on T.J. Watt in '17 was regrettable, but two years later the Smith Bros. and Gary arrived. It's how the personnel wheel turns.

Clark from Machesney, IL

Since it's draft season, I was wondering do we get compensatory picks for MVS and Patrick, or are they canceled out by Watkins and other signings?

As of now, OverTheCap's projection has Patrick and Reed canceling one another out, MVS netting the Packers a fifth-rounder, and no other free agents gained or lost having APY's high enough to factor.

Jeff from Cedar Falls, IA

During the draft do different people have specific jobs in the draft room? Is there one or two people that handle any phone calls from other teams asking about possible trades? If so, how do they determine if or when to pass on a possible trade to Gutey? Or in reality are there not that many calls coming in that it creates a problem?

There are specific people assigned to man the phones and process potential trades. How exactly all the communication works from there, I honestly don't know.

Sam from Janesville, WI

To dovetail off of Gardner from Circle Pines, MN, do you think it seems that many first-round picks don't live up to the hype only because they are first-round picks? Take for example Jordy. We love Jordy and praise Thompson for finding him in the second round, but he took a few years to get going. Would Jordy be viewed the same if he were picked in the first round?

It may have affected perception a little initially, but then again, in 2008 and '09 when Nelson had very modest production (33-366-2, 22-320-2), it's not as though the fan base was clamoring for a receiver to leapfrog Jennings, Driver or Jones in the pecking order. The circumstance or situation into which a draft pick is thrown impacts perception, too.

Kevin from Indianapolis, IN

I remember when Bulaga was drafted, and I turned to my dad and commented that he just felt like a Packer. Some players just seem to fit their teams perfectly. Were there any selections from Round 1 that you felt just fit their respective teams' identities?

The Ravens getting both Kyle Hamilton at safety and Tyler Linderbaum on the offensive line.

Nicholas from Baltimore, MD

Have you ever seen division rivals do a draft trade? (or any trade for that matter...)

Not a draft trade as significant as the one the Vikings and Lions made last night, that I can recall, at least not in the NFC North. The Packers' draft trades with division rivals in the past have involved very late picks. In 1999, the Packers traded Glyn Milburn to the Bears for a seventh-rounder they used on Donald Driver. In 2008, the Vikings traded up in the fifth round to take USC QB John David Booty and gave the Packers an extra seventh Green Bay used on LSU QB Matt Flynn.

Glen from Eugene, OR

So how do you think Detroit and Minnesota fared?

The biggest question in that regard will be, down the road, whether the Vikings regret trading with the Lions to allow them to draft Jameson Williams. If he lights up Minnesota's secondary for a decade, Vikings fans won't forget (nor forgive). But I do like the Georgia safety Minnesota picked, and the full evaluation of the trade will also include whom the Vikings get at the top of the second and third rounds (at 34 and 66).

Kyle from Waunakee, WI

Looking back at the A.J. Hawk draft, I saw Devin Hester listed as a CB. Never knew he started on the defensive side of the ball.

Only in college at Miami, where he played in all three phases. To my knowledge, Hester never started a game on defense in the NFL, only as a receiver (and obviously return specialist).

Sam from Germantown, WI

Walker before Dean is interesting to say the least. Do you think it was just his size that Gutey liked more or something else?

I didn't know much about Walker until the past couple of days when I was hearing more about him. All the media attention and accolades at linebacker went to Nakobe Dean at Georgia. But they're two very different body types – Dean at 5-11, 229; Walker at 6-4, 241. Clearly the Packers see Walker's type as the better fit for how they want to look and play.

Cooker from Sheboygan, WI

Why Quay Walker over Jermaine Johnson II?

I don't know what the Packers' opinion was of Johnson. From a size-speed-explosiveness standpoint, as Larry said in our videos, Walker is Campbell 2.0. When Campbell 1.0 made the difference he did in this defense, it's certainly intriguing to see what another one might provide.

Ron from Waukesha, WI

Spoff: I'd say that 4.7 yards per carry the defense gave up last season will get significantly better this year. And the run on wide receivers reminded me of a shark feeding frenzy. What a crazy first round. I applaud Gute's steadfast patience. Do you anticipate our Day 2 being completely different? One that has multiple trades to get our pass catchers, offensive linemen and pass rushers?

I'm not sure if trades are coming or if the Packers will sit and pick. But you just listed the three primary needs, while safety, corner and tight end are also squarely on my radar for tonight.

Jake from Decatur, GA

An offense is only as good as its best player. A defense is only as good as its worst player. If there's ever a year to draft for defense, it's the year you have four picks in the first 60.

When six receivers get drafted in a span of 11 picks (8 to 18), there's no point in reaching. I'm fond of saying in my live blog there's a lot of game left. There's a lot of draft left. Happy Friday.