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Should the Packers be worried about the move

Postby elaine95 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:57 am

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Packers fan who thinks the team got worse this spring."Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason [url=http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-jk-scott-jersey]http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-jk-scott-jersey[/url] , we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Packers, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.The excitement is palpable among the Green Bay Packers’ fan base. After hiring Matt LaFleur as the team’s new head coach, general manager Brian Gutekunst revamped the team’s defensive roster in free agency.Gone are veteran outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. In are younger players, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, who come with big price tags. But Gutekunst also added a top safety in Adrian Amos, as well as an intriguing offensive lineman in Billy Turner. This all seems to set up the team well to truly stick with the best value available in the 2019 NFL Draft, but just how happy did the moves make Packers fans?According to SB Nation’s FanPulse surveys of the Green Bay fan base, Cheesehead nation wasn’t just overwhelming in its approval of the direction of the offseason so far — it was nearly unanimous. A whopping 95 percent of respondents said that the Packers got better instead of worse as a result of the moves in free agency.This should come as no surprise, however. General manager Brian Gutekunst fixed the biggest holes on the roster in free agency. And with players at need positions all looking like great values for where the Packers will pick in the Draft [url=http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-kevin-king-jersey]Kevin King Jersey[/url] , Gutekunst has free reign to simply take the player at the top of his board in each spot.As a result of this optimism regarding the team’s roster, as well as the hiring of LaFleur, Packers fans also saw a big jump in overall confidence in the direction of the team. Prior to week 17 of the 2018 season, just 28 percent of surveyed fans said they felt positive about the Packers’ overall direction. However, that number now sits at 68 percent.Hopefully the draft class will push these numbers up even higher after April comes to a close. But for now, Gutekunst has made Packers fans very, very happy so far this offseason. Let’s look at the first-round draft picks of the NFC North rivals to the Packers."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareNFL Draft First Round: Lions, Vikings counter Packers’ defensive picks by going offenseChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsThe first round of the draft came and went for the NFL on Thursday night, and boy was it a doozy. There was a lot of movement with teams (including the Packers) moving up for their picks and a bunch of teams marred with question marks by draft pundits.Of course [url=http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-marquez-valdes-scantling-jersey]Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey White[/url] , the Chicago Bears already swapped out their first-round draft pick for Khalil Mack in a trade with the Raiders last season (and he’s pretty good), so I’m sure they’re not too worried about missing out. But the Detroit Lions picked at the eighth spot, the Packers at 12 and again after moving up to 21 at the expense of two fourth-round picks, and the Minnesota Vikings made their first-round selection at pick 18. We’re about to take a look at the draft picks the NFC North teams not located in Green Bay made.Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa // Pick 8Hockenson had been mocked quite frequently to the Packers at 12, but the Lions decided to grab him up, assuring that he had no chance to find himself in green and gold. Another weapon for Matthew Stafford, Hockenson fills a void that was left last year when Eric Ebron was having a career year in Indianapolis. Hockenson has the chance to be the next great tight end in the NFL – if the Lions use him correctly. He’s a big tight end who has great pass catching skills [url=http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-corey-linsley-jersey]Womens Corey Linsley Jersey[/url] , but is still an able and willing blocker. He draws comparisons to Travis Kelce, but it’s tough to tell now if he’ll hit that ceiling. Should the Packers be worried about the move? Probably a little. The Lions don’t have Golden Tate anymore, but Kenny Golladay is also a big target to go along with their new 6-foot-5 tight end. Head coach Matt Patricia does have experience being on the same coaching staff that worked with Rob Gronkowski, so they might be continuing to think along the lines of being the Patriots of the NFC. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State // Pick 18The suggestion here on Draft Twitter was that Bradbury could slide in at center for the Vikings and push Pat Elflein out to a guard position. This is a draft pick that brings some much-needed help on the offensive line for the Vikings to keep would-be pass rushers out of Kirk Cousins’ face and open some inside lanes for Dalvin Cook to exploit. Bradbury has great balance in pass protection, but he’s not the quickest off the line-of-scrimmage and is slightly undersized. He can, of course, put on more size at the NFL level [url=http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-marcedes-lewis-jersey]http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-marcedes-lewis-jersey[/url] , but that might require him sacrificing some more burst. And Kenny Clark is one of the quickest defensive tackles in the league getting off the snap. The good news for Vikings fans is that Bradbury is relatively new to the center position and has been getting better and better. He was a tight end when he initially came to NC State, but converted to line. In his final two seasons, he improved as a blocker in both the run and the pass, per Pro Football Focus. They also have him graded highly as a pass protector for not giving up too many pressures in pass protection (just 10 in 2018).Should the Packers be worried here? Again, maybe slightly. It’s not the move that turns a franchise into an instant winner, but getting the pieces to put together a solid offensive line allows the team to build a foundation that reaches across the rest of the offense. As stated before, keeping Cousins upright is a priority and a lack of offensive line depth made that prospect much bleaker before this pick. The Pack will have to get a little more creative with their pass rush schemes now that Bradbury is in the fold.
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