This draft class has it all

“Face to face,” are you taking a stool into the locker room? FYI, I’m at your level. I was at a restaurant once and the Olympics were there. I came out of the bathroom just as Frank Winters came in and I found myself more face to chest than face to face with him and he was a “little” lineman.

Soccer players are great people, but I have also covered 7-foot basketball players and 5-foot wrestlers. On the surface, height is never really something I think much about. But seeing the combination of size, speed and physicality at the field level is the most awe-inspiring for me. If you have the funds, try to get field-level tickets to an NFL game only once in your life. It could even be preseason. It gives me the heartbeat to see the fight that way. These are some of the strongest, coolest and fastest people alive who go to battle in real time. I would not be able to win a single yard.

Yes, Vic famously said that recipients are a dime a dozen. But that was several years ago, and inflation has taken hold. Today, he might say they are a quarter of a dozen. I believe a great quarterback can make an average receiver a star more than a great receiver can make an average quarterback a star. What is your opinion?

There’s truth in what you say, but it’s funny when you get the best of both worlds that the Packers had with Rodgers and Jordy Nelson, and Rodgers and Adams.

Darren from Wakefield, MI

Hey Wes! The ball distribution in the passing game should be interesting to see this year. Can you see the TEs getting more involved and will Josiah Deguara get more opportunities with Bobby out in probably the first half of the season? He’s still my guy who I think will have a breakout season given the chance.

A year from knee surgery, Deguara will take more of the offense this season, but it’s worth pointing out that he’s more of an ‘F’ tight end than Tonyan. So I would not necessarily judge his production by having 100 yards and two touchdowns. Deguara, however, is an important piece in the attack. He is versatile, aggressive and plays to the whistle.

Mark from Iron Mountain, MI

To all those who think it’s the way to go, to sign a free-agent WR or swap for one. The only thing you get is a dissatisfaction or a player on the disadvantages of his career. Make a few WRs and you can have them for years without wasting money or drafts.

There is a certain gray area between these two extremes, but I agree with the underlying premise of your posts. Draft-and-develop is not dead. It is alive and well. A year from now, we can look back and realize that was the answer to the questions fans are asking right now.

Tom from Stevens Point, WI

Let’s play a game of pretending. Let’s pretend the season starts today. Who are our starting wide receivers?

Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard and probably Malik Taylor as No. 3. People forget how fast Taylor is. If you’re asking for an ’11 ‘staff formation, I would have Taylor deployed in that MVS role at the moment.

I just want this in before it actually happens. Packers and Will Fuller V will soon agree on a deal. He has the speed the Packers want and he should be cheap after his stay in Miami and his injury history. Also, the Packers already showed interest a few seasons ago.

II ombuds-people, put a needle in this for later.

Jameson Williams (fast and productive) is the guy to be taken with the first pick in the first round. Yes, he misses a month or two, but the wait will be worth it. The pack may have to jump in front of Pats (currently No. 21) to get him. Would No. 22 and one of their fourth-rounders get this done?

I would not mind drafting Williams. He’s a game-changer and worth the injury risk if he slips into his 20s. Based on DraftTek’s draft value chart, it could take both fourth-rounders (856 points with No. 22 picks) to get ahead of New England. Pittsburgh’s No. 20 pick is rated at 850. Williams or not Williams, the good news for Green Bay is that there is no shortage of receivers this year. This draft class has it all. There is a WR perspective for any kind of offense.

I’d rather go with the big guy to kick the draft off. It’s not a sexy choice, but it’s the better philosophy. I think it’s a better investment in the first round to find another stud to rotate on DL or OT to push Yosh Nijman and Elgton Jenkins than a WR who has to be the guy to justify the 22nd election. Taking two WRs in the second round sounds good to me, both become free pieces that build a solid career. Does that sound good to the II GMs?

That’s what makes the run-up to the NFL Draft both compelling and silly. Over the next month, we will be talking through all of these scenarios, and 99% will be turned off in an instant on April 28th. But it’s fun to talk about.

Gentleman: As a former high school football coach, I wondered why the 40-yard dash time was so important to the lineman. I asked a former NFL father and son player from our hometown if the four-foot line time would not be more important? They both agreed. If you do not get into the defensive lineman first, you will have a long possession.

I agree with a certain point. But you also need to recognize a guy like Terron Armstead who put himself on the map when he ran 4.71 in the 40s at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2013. Since then, he has gone from a small school third round to a three-time Pro Bowl left tackle. Everything matters in the pre-draft process. Just take each part with a pinch of salt.

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