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Inbox: There's plenty of pride to take in that

At some point it’s seriously splitting hairs

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Former Packers CB Charles Woodson

Burt from Oconto Falls, WI

Couldn't help but notice the recent contrast in appearances between Wooly Wes and Smooth Spoff. Thanks for all the hard work guys – really enjoy the videos.

Wooly Weston. Hmmm. I'm sure Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs have no regrets.

Russ from Henrico, VA

There is an old curse that is apropos. "May you live in interesting times." I could live with a football version. "May your first pick always be in the 30s".

I guess I'll just say, in both cases, there are worse ways to live. I try to never forget counting my blessings.

Gabor from Budapest, Hungary

Mike, do you have the power to make the Lego version of Aaron Rodgers' training camp no-look pass happen?

Sorry, I didn't even see it myself. I was in Canton and missed it. It's as much legend and lore to me as it is to you.

Take a look at Hall of Fame quarterbacks Brett Favre and Bart Starr through the years.

Dan from Toledo, OH

Watching the Packers-Vikings replay and the one thought I keep having is that if we had a TE like Jermichael Finley, our offense would explode. I hope Jace Sternberger can be that guy. Of note, Finley had only six catches for 74 yards and one TD his rookie year before going for 55-676-5 his second year. So it's not unreasonable that an unknown commodity from one year can help our offense the following year. Also, I would happily take 55-676-5 next year from Jace Sternberger.

Finley's stats in '09 were 61-835-5 if you include the one playoff game, but Sternberger doesn't really need to approach those numbers in order to have a significant impact on this offense.

Nate from Pueblo, CO

Here's another crazy fact about 2010. If the Miracle at the Meadowlands didn't happen, the Packers wouldn't have even made the playoffs.

Not entirely true, though that's a common misconception. If the Giants had beaten Philly that day, their division would have remained up for grabs, with numerous wild-card scenarios involving the Packers, Bucs and NFC East runner-up still in play. What DeSean Jackson's punt return did (along with, moments earlier in Week 15 real time, former Packer Dave Rayner's heroics for Detroit, a last-second kick to tie and overtime field goal to beat Tampa Bay) was simplify Green Bay's situation, eliminating the need for additional help. The Packers were able to enter the final two games of 2010 knowing two wins would get them in. That's it, that's all.

Steve from Palm Springs, FL

Hi gentlemen, I hope all is well with you and your families. Do you think the schedule rollout will be delayed due to the virus?

As previously reported, the schedule will not be coming out until after the draft this year, but the league has said it'll be out by May 9 at the latest.

Paul from Ellensburg, WA

Hey fellas, the Packers don't tend to mortgage their future for the now, one of my favorite aspects of the team. However, doesn't it make some sense to have that approach in the twilight of your legendary quarterback's career similar to capitalizing on the rookie contract? In the next few years it's going to be "now or never."

I'm not sure what you mean. The rookie-contract QB scenario allows for more cap dollars to be spent elsewhere. That's not really an option here. If you're referring to trading up in the draft, or trading future draft assets, I think the draft is too much of a crapshoot to go all-in for a really high pick. Where I agree with you is with my skepticism about taking a QB in an early round when Rodgers has committed to playing out his contract (at least), and you were one of the last four standing a year ago. The Packers have plenty of work to do roster-wise and for now I'd prefer the most valuable draft capital to be spent on the immediate future, not the long-term one. But that's me.

Bob from Cortez, CO

Draft the Super Bowl rookie quarterback scenario depends on years of losing to draft the offensive line and backfield plus a shutdown defense that lets an inexperienced youth shine. No thanks.

In the five years before Mahomes took over as the starter in KC, the Chiefs went to the playoffs four times and went 9-7 the one year they missed. Bottoming out isn't necessarily required.

Tony from Appleton, WI

Do you think the Packers are pretending to be more interested in a QB than they actually are? It would make our pick more valuable if there is a QB-needy team drafting behind us.

I think the Packers are doing their due diligence on quarterbacks for several reasons. 1. Thorough teams go into a draft knowing as much about all the top prospects as they can. 2. You never know how a draft is going to fall, first round or any round. 3. They're going to be studying all the QBs and drafting Rodgers' successor eventually. 4. There might be an opportunity to acquire one of the QBs in this draft in a future year. 5. They're sending a message all options are on the table, for both potential trade value and to make their intentions less predictable to other teams. I could go on.

Brian from Sussex, WI

My choice for picking a game-changer is, and has been for a while, MLB. If you really have MLB who can do it all at an elite level they are just too difficult to match up one-on-one, or scheme against. Being right in the middle of the defense allows them to do anything at the snap that can create havoc on a play without the offense being able to predict his actions. But there are so very few who can play the position at that level.

The hypothetical posed is an interesting one, and opinions obviously vary, but I'm in the minority in taking the next generational offensive tackle. I think those are the hardest to find of the choices presented, so I take "Joe Thomas" and keep working on finding the others.

Malcolm from Fennimore, WI

Three generational talents fall to us at 30? I say get on the phone and try to trade back a couple spots then take whoever is left.

Correct answer.

Marty from Galena, IL

Mike, observed what I believe is a Carl Johnson print of Lambeau over your left shoulder during "Packers Unscripted." He is a well-known local Galena artist that only paints places he actually visited. We got my dad one of the 1980s era Lambeau Field. I'm guessing you acquired it during your days in Platteville?

Good eye, but only partial credit. That is indeed a Carl Johnson print, but it's of Milwaukee County Stadium, and it was a gift from my folks (who still live in Platteville). What you can't see is in the lower right corner of the picture frame, I tucked my press pass dated April 10, 2000, from when I covered the last home opener there for the Press-Gazette.

Dominic from Chesapeake, VA

Mike, is there a story that goes with the picture of the hand with the baseball behind you in the last "Unscripted" episode? I'm guessing it's a slider.

It is, and there's another one blocked by my noggin of a knuckleball. Gifts from my brother-in-law. Yes, sports art is never a bad call with me.

Robert from Verona, WI

Last weekend I watched Super Bowl XLV with my son and we talked about how hard it must have been for Driver and Woodson to watch half of the game from the sidelines. They played such a huge role in getting the team there, to be on the sidelines had to be painful. Have either of them spoken extensively about that experience?

I haven't been a part of any such extensive interviews, but as psychologically painful as I'm sure it was to watch, they were in significant physical pain as well. Those were both major injuries, and it's not as though re-entering the game was ever an option. In addition to helping the Packers get there, the warriors in them know they laid it all on the line for their team in the moment. There's plenty of pride to take in that.

Dennis from De Pere, WI

I can't wait to see Roger Goodell hosting the draft from his unfinished basement. I'm picturing a stud wall behind him, with a commode in the corner peeking out from behind the shower curtain privacy screen.

You have a different vision than I do of the basement of someone with a $40 million salary.

Mike from Ames, IA

Looking back at past Packers games reminds me of how talented the Packers' offensive lines have been since 2000. If you had to pick a starting five from the last 19 years, who do you got?

Boy, there are some tough calls to make. Judging by All-Pro/Pro Bowl selections, I'd have to take Bakhtiari over Clifton at left tackle, and Sitton and Rivera as the guards over Lang and Wahle. Right tackle is even closer between Bulaga and Tauscher. Same at center among Flanagan, Wells and Linsley. At some point it's seriously splitting hairs. The cool thing is if a first group, left to right, is David Bakhtiari, Sitton, Wells, Rivera and Bulaga, the second is still awfully good – Clifton, Wahle, Corey Linsley or Flanagan, Lang and Tauscher. Not too shabby.

Christopher from Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire

I've enjoyed the Prospect Primers so far and have supplemented that with player highlights available online. I noticed on Jordyn Brooks' film that, on one heads-up play, the commentator mentioned that he'd made up for his error on the previous play. I like the look of Brooks, but it made me think about downsides not shown on film. Denzel Mims' completion rate fared lower than some. So we must trust Packers scouts to assess if incompletions were WR, or QB error, or good coverage.

The folks who do this for a living are looking at all the film, not just the highlights anyone can find online.

Steve from Niagara, WI

A fun part about this NFL draft is the challenge of trying to visualize the marriage of roster building and future cap management through Gutekunst's and Ball's eyes. At this time, it appears Green Bay has a significant advantage over its division rivals in terms of defensive backfield talent. To attack that weakness, do the Packers prioritize finding an elite receiving talent to pair with Davante Adams or an elite talent in the run game to force defenses to stay balanced?

Drafting based on your division opponents is not a sound long-term strategy. Building the best team you can is, and the Packers need receiving talent to join Adams and to plan for the future at running back, regardless of how the other NFC North defenses look at the moment.

Bill from Clive, IA

Other than Paul Hornung, have the Packers ever drafted a Heisman Trophy winner? I realize that we've signed some later in their careers, but was Hornung the only draftee?

No. The Packers also drafted Ty Detmer from BYU.

Kelly from Kimballton, IA

On my list of Rodgers' best throws – 2015 vs. Eagles. Rodgers' second touchdown to Adams. It may have been a better catch by Adams, against a completely oblivious defender.

It was 2016, and yes, a phenomenal play on both ends to start "run the table."

Julian from Gastonia, NC

My greatest Rodgers pass is one that unfortunately is rarely mentioned. Minus-4 degrees wind chill at Soldier Field, heavy clouds and no sun. Bleak is an understatement as the cold seemed to come right through the TV screen. Packers enter fourth quarter up 27-10, Bears roar back to tie it at 27. Just enough time for two plays before overtime and the Packers deep in their own territory. In that painful, ice cold wind, he completes a bomb to Nelson. Clock the ball, kick the FG. Pack wins 30-27.

Also part of "run the table," as was the third snap of the game to Adams vs. Seattle, the interminable scramble to Allison at Detroit, the halftime Hail Mary to Cobb vs. the Giants, and the sideline strike to Cook in Dallas. "Run the table" has a highlight reel of top throws all by itself.

Donald from Fayetteville, NC

So, are there a handful of players you think fit around the Packers' first-round draft pick that you have thoughts on you'd like to share with us?

It's so difficult to tell who will really be there. I could see the Packers choosing between Kenneth Murray and Patrick Queen at linebacker, and I could see both being gone. Same on the defensive line with Ross Blacklock and Neville Gallimore, or on offense with receiver Justin Jefferson and tackle Josh Jones. I also see a ton of receivers that fit in the 30-40 range, which makes me think trade down from 30, or up from 62 (though that could get pricey, with Green Bay having no extra picks in the middle rounds), or wait and hope in the second round. All the unknowns are why the best thing Gutekunst could have done is give himself flexibility in the early rounds, which he did with the signings of Christian Kirksey, Rick Wagner and Devin Funchess.

Gary from Bear Valley, WI

What would it cost the Packers to move up to 10 or 15 in the second round?

It would take their third-round pick at a minimum, and maybe their fourth, too, depending on how many spots.

Ron from Ham Lake, MN

A draft forecast of the NFC North in The Athletic has the Vikings taking Justin Jefferson and Josh Jones in the first round, followed by Russ Blacklock in round two. Slap me in the face and tell me this was nothing more than a very bad dream!

I'll be stunned beyond belief if none of Minnesota's first three picks is a cornerback.

Alyssa from Racine, WI

Wow, big contract for Christian McCaffrey. I know recent history has not been kind to teams paying running backs, but is there a non-QB in the league who impacts his team's success more than CMC? If they were to give out a non-QB MVP award, who would be the favorite for 2020?

Aaron Jones could be a candidate, but the Packers will be better off in 2020 (and beyond) if he's not forced to be that guy.

Joshua from Houston, TX

I still haven't seen one mock draft yet. I'm proud of myself.

Happy Wednesday.

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