Friday, March 23, 2018

The Packers Wild Off Season Ride So Far | Ticket King Green Bay

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The Green Bay Packers have been through quite the off season. After thier 7-9 season left them out of the playoffs for the first time in a decade, they made massive changes up and down their organization. They hired a new GM, changed both coordinators, and swapped out most of their coaching staff for that matter. New general manager Brian Gutekunst is already making his presence felt.

First, Gutekunst made headlines when he traded corner back Damarious Randall to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback DeShone Kizer, who was the Browns second-round draft choice just a year ago. The Browns went a different direction this off season, hiring former Packers and Chiefs executive John Dorsey to run their team. Dorsey made a flurry of trades, one of which was for Bills quarterback Tyron Taylor. This made Kizer expendable. Don’t judge Kizer on his rookie season, it was with the Browns. Let that go and start from zero. The Packers may have found their long-term backup to Rodgers for the remainder of his career. But what about Randall? Well, with this move, Gutekunst had dumped an under performing former first-round draft choice who quit on this team last season. Remember, this was the man who was benched against the Bears, and rather than support his teammates, he stormed back to the locker room, took a shower, and left the stadium while the game was still going on.

Next, Gutekunst released longtime fan favorite Jordy Nelson, one of the best players in team history. Some were very angry over this move, and it is easy to understand why. Nelson was hailed both on and off the field for his professionalism and character. With that said, we also need to remember that he is 33, injury prone, was only going to play maybe one more season, and his contract number for next season could not be justified. He also refused to take a pay cut, according to reports. So, Gutekunst made the hard decision, and cut him loose. Gutekunst then used the cap savings to make two big signings. First, Muhammed Wilkerson, recently released by the Jets. Wilkerson fits perfectly in new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme and has a track record of success playing for him. Since Wilkerson was released, that also means he will come without cost to potential compensation picks in the draft next year. This a low-risk very high reward move. If Wilkerson plays to his potential, the Packers got one of the best free agent steals in recent memory.

That same week, the Packers went out and signed tight end Jimmy Graham, filling another premium position. The contract for Graham says three years and 30 million with 11 million guaranteed. However, with the way the Packers worked his contract, this is either a steal for them or it turns into a one-year contract and release without penalty. Finally, the Packers solved their veteran cornerback need by dipping into their own past again, bringing back Super Bowl hero Tramon Williams. Don’t expect much from Williams at this point, but his veteran leadership and big game experience will prove valuable to what will be a very young and talented cornerback group.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Five Draft Picks That The Packers Should Take in 2018 | Ticket King Green Bay

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The 2018 NFL Combine is over, and that means it is now “Mock Draft Season!” Granted, it’s early in the year, and things could change, depending on which free agents are picked up along the way, but here is our Ticket King mock draft 1.0.

Round 1: Baker Mayfield/QB/Oklahoma- Some may read this and think. “Really?” Yes really. The Packers two biggest needs this off-season are pass rushers and cornerback. However, the types of players they need for both positions is not are not going to be picked up with a draft choice. They need a veteran. It is looking like they are going to sign Muhammed Wilkerson in the coming days to solve the pass rush issue. If they add a cornerback via free agency as well, this is where it becomes interesting. This is a loaded draft class for quarterbacks, and if one of them is sitting there at 14, well, as we wrote back in October, the Packers need to start thinking post-Aaron Rodgers. Mayfield is a very talented quarterback, but he has serious attitude problems. He’s got the Dolphins taking a serious look at his right now, but if they take a pass, this young talent might be a pick at back up for Green Bay. He needs to sit down for a couple of years first.

Round 2: Braden Smith/OG/Auburn- The Packers do need to solve the guard spot opposite Lane Taylor. The second through fifth rounds of the draft is where you solve that problem. Smith can be a good guard in the NFL.

Round 3: Jaleel Scott/WR/New Mexico State- The Packers need some younger legs at the wide receiver position. At 6’6”, 215 pounds, Jaleel Scott is just too inviting to pass up here.

Round 4A: Joseph Noteboom/OT/TCU- The Packers do need some depth and insurance at the tackle position. Brian Bulaga can’t stay healthy, and Jason Spriggs hasn’t exactly shown why he was drafted in round two several years ago. Noteboom is an intriguing prospect.

Round 4B: Ian Thomas/TE/Indiana- At some point this off-season, the Packers do need to add a tight end. I expect them to sign one in free agency, but at the same time, it doesn’t hurt to add a talented mid-round prospect as well. Thomas could be groomed for a couple of years to be the Packers long-term tight end.