3. The Packers aren’t opposed to using multiple picks on one position…including perhaps receiver.
As history has shown, Green Bay will use multiple picks on the same position when the situation warrants.
The Packers’ most famous example came in 1999, when former GM Ron Wolf used his first three draft picks on cornerbacks Antuan Edwards, Fred Vinson and Mike McKenzie.
In Ted Thompson’s last draft, the former Green Bay GM drafted Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Devante Mays on the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft. A year later, Gutekunst unearthed fifth-rounder Marquez Valdes-Scantling under the same Day 3 circumstances.
It’s possible Gutekunst goes that route with their wideouts again. The Packers currently have five receivers under contract for next season, including former Pro Bowler Randall Cobb. They also placed a restricted tender on fourth-year veteran Allen Lazard.
With so many players returning to college last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s draft is considered especially deep in the early rounds. CBS Sports currently ranks 13 receivers among its top 100 prospects.
“My history and even with Ted’s history, I don’t think we’ve ever shied away from taking multiple players at one position in a draft,” Gutekunst said. “So certainly if the right players are there, we wouldn’t shy away from that.”
4. The Packers were thrilled to reward De’Vondre Campbell’s effort.
Green Bay checked off perhaps its biggest offseason box when it re-signed its All-Pro inside linebacker on March 17.
Campbell bid his time last spring, waiting for the right opportunity before signing with the Packers during the final week of the offseason program.
It worked out well for both sides. As the key defensive communicator, Campbell established a new career high with 145 tackles and was one of only three players in the league with multiple INTs, sacks and forced fumbles.
“Really excited to see his growth from Year 1 to Year 2,” Gutekunst said. “What a story that is, him coming in when he did. Not only to a new team but taking over a little bit of a new position at the ‘Mike’ (linebacker), making calls and things like that, and watching him just explode onto the scene. He was such a big difference for our football team, so we’re excited to have him for Year 2.”
5. Green Bay has wasted no time addressing special teams.
Hiring former Raiders interim head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was only the beginning for the Packers’ plans to revitalize their special-teams unit.
Over the past two weeks, Green Bay has signed punter Pat O’Donnell and cornerback Keisean Nixon, who was a three-year contributor on Bisaccia’s special teams in Las Vegas.
O’Donnell is the first punter the Packers have signed in unrestricted free agency in 20 years. The selling point for Gutekunst was O’Donnell’s consistency during his seven seasons with the Chicago Bears, both as a punter and holder.
“Certainly, we have to be better than we were last year,” said Gutekunst of Green Bay’s special teams. “We came to the guy that we thought was best for the (punting) job. Corey (Bojorquez) did a great job for us last year coming in at the last minute as he did, but we just thought this was a little bit more consistency for us, and holding was a big part of it.”