Davy from Chetek, WI
We’re on the clock.
And probably will be tomorrow at this time, too.
Richard from Chicago, IL
If I were to guess, your Inbox is filled with T.J. Watt? Well, I see it as our guy was taken by the Falcons, so TT trades back for the best pick on Day 2. I expect TT to capitalize on this and make some more trades to maximize on the value left on the board.
Many of my thoughts as well.
Caleb from Shawano, WI
Hey Spoff, what are your thoughts on the first round? Any surprises?
The moves for the quarterbacks were bold. The teams that wanted them made sure they got their man. The oft-heard phrase is it’s a quarterback-driven league. This was a quarterback-driven first round of the draft.
Scott from Lincoln City, OR
Mike, with the Packers having the first pick today how late do you think Ted Thompson was up entertaining calls about possible trades?
I’m guessing Ted went to bed. He has until 6:07 p.m. CT today to entertain calls, if he desires.
Owen from Sandpoint, ID
Oh, man. I bet the Inbox is angry today. I wanted Watt (as much as the howling wolves), but I'm guessing the next five players were ranked about the same, and Ted loves the extra picks. Fourth-rounders are like gold in his hands. I'm still super-excited.
It’s about getting more bites at the apple in a deep draft. Some draft picks won’t pan out. It always happens, and more picks means better odds of finding guys that do pan out. As I’ve noted before in this space, the last time the Packers did this and traded out of the first round, in 2008, the draft netted Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Josh Sitton and Matt Flynn. That’s not too bad. Angry? Who’s angry?
Harry from Phoenix, AZ
TT, when T.J. starts tearing up O-lines I hope you still think the extra draft pick was worth it. YOU BLEW IT!
Did I mention the 2008 draft?
Eric from Erie, PA
I just want to say how excited I was to watch the Pack pick before the Steelers this year. It seems like every year they swoop down a grab the player I thought the Packers were going to pick; Bell, Shazier, Hargrave, Hayward, Brown, to name a few. Then minutes before the pick they trade back to 33, thinking let’s get some more value for our target. Then in a twist of fate the Steelers pick T.J. Watt. Now I know Vic says never fall in love with a draft pick, but he also says never leave a player for another team. Coulda had him. Hope Ted pulls a rabbit out of his hat. I know there are some good players left, but obviously the Steelers saw the value at 30.
One team’s steal is another team’s shrug, I guess. The many unknowns heading into the draft aren’t suddenly known just because the picks were made.
Ricky from St. Charles, MO
Ted said he's open to trading the 33rd pick. Do you see him making a trade during the day or waiting until the Packers are on the clock to trade (if he does in fact trade it)?
If the offer is good enough, it may have a short shelf life. Teams aren’t going to want to be played against each other in a bidding war.
Nariah from Chippewa Falls, WI
My condolences to your Inbox.
Tonight is a new day. Or something like that.
Dan from Tomah, WI
I cannot disagree with trading down the four spots for what they got in return. If your guy is not there, go for it and take the picks. Though how do you pass on Reuben Foster? I get the issues from the combine, but wow! He's a top 10 that we could have had at 29.
Didn’t Mike Mayock say something about a medical re-check red flag on Foster, hearing that from multiple teams on Thursday? Had to be a factor there.
Mike from McFarland, WI
A gentle breeze whispering through the trees. Grandma's apple pie cooling on the window. Floating on an inner tube down a creek. The silence of soft snowfall in the forest. (Thought your Inbox could use some calm.)
If keyboards are pounded after I go to sleep, do they still make a sound?
Pat from Altoona, WI
33 seem too rich for Forrest Lamp to you as well?
Can’t imagine spending that high a pick on a guard after signing Evans.
Christian from Toluca, Mexico
I can hear the cries to fire TT all the way from Mexico for not selecting Watt. Who does he pick with No. 33?
I laid out some pass-rushers and corners as possibilities in my late-night editorial. Bowser and Willis, King and Jones, Tabor and Wilson, Awuzie. Heading into tonight, I’m sticking with what I said heading into last night – pass-rusher, corner, or trade back (again). The extra pick acquired maybe brings running back into the picture at 33, but I’m still saying too soon at such a deep position in this draft.
Dan from Sydney, Australia
Has the Inbox gone into meltdown over T.J. Watt yet? Would have loved to seen him in a Packers jersey but in Ted I trust! Still would have liked to have seen a first-round pick. It gives you that fifth-year option that the 33rd pick doesn't.
I don’t think the fifth-year option is as big a deal when you’re not talking quarterback. It’s a nice luxury, but not as much of a necessity.
Eric from St. Louis, MO
Is there any advantage to being "on the clock" for almost 24 hours? The Packers do it twice this draft now. I personally really like the trade.
It’s a powerful position that gives the Packers a lot of control. Enjoy it.
Dennis from De Pere, WI
OK, have Ted put three options up this morning and let the fans choose the first pick in the second round.
On it. Not.
Tyler from Ft. Hood, TX
Is the scenario where late-round teams trade out of the first round finally enough reason for the NFL to go back to a two-day draft format? I love the draft and love to watch all seven rounds, but as a paying customer I do not enjoy staying up all night on a work night just to watch my team trade out of their position when they get on the clock. It really is upsetting. Thanks, NFL.
I can appreciate the frustration as a fan, but I don’t see the current three-day format changing anytime soon.
Eric from Ames, IA
It seems most analysts agree Joe Mixon is a first-round talent. That being said, a few GMs have admitted taking him off their draft boards completely due to character concerns. My question is about the GMs who are reluctant to take him early (rounds 1-2) but might "take a flyer" in later rounds. What do you think is their rationale? Is it just too politically messy to use a first-round draft pick on someone with Joe Mixon's history and easier to sell to your fans as a later pick? Or is it simply that the player's draft value has been affected by the character issue, so a shrewd GM waits until the player falls to that perceived value?
Mostly the latter.
Juan from San Antonio, TX
At least one of these names will be a Packer after the draft: Pat Elflein, Desmond King, D'onta Foreman...book it Danno.
For some reason that “Hawaii Five-O” theme song gave me nightmares as a child. I really wish my parents hadn’t liked that show so much.
Justin from Titonka, IA
Do you think that the Bears expected someone to trade in front of them?
Yeah, that must have been their fear, and it led to the Chiefs and Texans trading up into the top 12 for the other first-round QBs. Chicago’s move changed the whole complexion of the first round.
Joel from Shawano, WI
Did the Bears just pay Mike Glennon a lot of money, and then basically tell him that he is not the future? I am confused by their moving up to the second pick to grab a QB.
They structured Glennon’s deal so they can get out of it after one year without a crippling cap hit.
Mike from New Orleans, LA
I noticed that Jahri Evans already had a picture in a Packers jersey on the website. Is he already in Green Bay or was that photoshopped? Love the column!
Stop giving away our secrets.
Jeff from Green Bay, WI
Evans for $1M annually or Lang for $20M guaranteed and an injury history? Give me Evans everyday and twice on Sunday. He is durable with an All-Pro resume and will be surrounded by excellent talent. He may not be the stud that Lang is, but effectiveness and value are obvious reasons he is here. Even better is the fact that Thompson can draft a project player to replace him in 1-2 years after some development. You can't always get what you want, but you just might find, you get what you need.
I’ll have to ask Ted if he’s a Rolling Stones fan.
George from San Diego, CA
Do you think there is any chance the Packers pursue Dalvin Tomlinson from Alabama? His wrestling background and overall physical prowess intrigue me. Sounds like a good fit for the coaches and our scheme. Your thoughts?
I expect the Packers to add a defensive lineman at some point, and Tomlinson could be there late on Day 2 or early on Day 3. Smart enough to go to Harvard, tough enough to play for Saban. That’s an intriguing combination to me.
Matt from Pulaski, WI
When are the first open-to-the-public team activities being held?
They’ll be in late May, but the specific dates of which OTAs will be open have not yet been announced.
Garrett from Hidden Meadows, CA
"Sometimes you don’t know until you know.” Jahri Evans? I think we signed Yogi Berra. And for old time's sake: “What say you?”
Sorry, only one Yogi reference allowed per week.
Dale from Kettering, OH
Finish this sentence: A GM who is as impatient as the fans is _____________________.
Not employed for long.
Chris from Lexington, KY
Everything I've read here suggests the combine doesn't shape a team's draft board, only tweaks it. Knowing that, would you agree the draft rankings and mock drafts done before the combine may actually be more accurate than the more recent ones? Analysts seem to put too much weight on combine performance.
Perhaps. I often see it as analysts getting info from their inside sources later in the process, so they incorporate those opinions into their rankings as they go. There’s less of that chatter getting spread around pre-combine, but the timing doesn’t necessarily mean the combine is given too much weight. Then again …
Bob from Kennesaw, GA
Insiders, leading up to this draft (and others) I read many articles where they speak with 2-16 anonymous NFL scouts who give their assessment of player rankings, where they should be drafted, etc. Wouldn't a team want to keep that info private and have policies about passing this along to the media? Or, do you have to wonder about how much misinformation is being put out there as a smokescreen?
I think you answered your own question. Take everything about pre-draft analysis with a grain of salt.
Shawn from Kissimmee, FL
This column definitely makes me feel connected to both the Packers and Wisconsin, even though I now live in FL. Do you ever think that televised games will be able to be chosen based upon your favorite team and not just based upon regional games? I think the NFL could implement that in order to get more viewers watching. When the weather is really nice outside, the Packers will still keep me watching, but Dolphins vs. Jets will not.
I definitely see a pay-per-view model of some kind in the NFL’s future.
Collin from Mechanicsville, VA
How much of rookie success in the NFL is simply having the NFL body necessary to last in such a physical league?
The rookie season is unlike any other, physically speaking. These players finish their college careers and immediately begin training for the combine, pro day workouts, and draft visits. They get drafted, go through a rookie minicamp, plow through 3-4 weeks of OTAs, take a few weeks off, get into their first training camp, and play at least 20 games (including preseason, health permitting), with possibly more in the playoffs. It’s great to be young, but I still don’t know how they do it.
Timmy from Madison, WI
Have you ever seen a draft board in the war room after the draft has been completed? Do they erase players’ names as they go, so at the end it is just a big board of who they drafted and who they are immediately trying to pick up as UDFAs?
In 11 years here, I have yet to set foot in the draft room. It’s on my bucket list, but honestly, I don’t like my odds.
Mike from Cibolo, TX
Well guys, what can I say to my dad to calm him down?
This draft is just getting started.
Ryan from Des Moines, IA
I feel really bad for the Insider that has to try and clean this mess up.
How’d I do?
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