They do, and they're always weighing that against talent. Because for every guy like Nelson, there's an Archie Griffin or even Ron Dayne, two of the great, productive backs in college history, neither of whom did much in the NFL.
Tom Silverstein will be doing a live blog from the draft tonight. I highly recommend it while you're watching the draft, it's a great chance to get his opinion on things and ask him questions.
I'll preface this by saying I'm not a scout, so take my opinion for what it's worth, which isn't much. But from the scouts I've talked with, I could see trading up for Ward, maybe James, not Fitzpatrick.
I'm sure they would, They brought in more first-round candidates this year than in previous years, but one or more of those guys could have been smoke screens for all we know, or contingencies if they trade back, etc. From what I remember, they didn't interview AJ Hawk at the combine or bring him in for a visit before they picked him.
I can't really speak to Jackson, haven't asked about him much. But remember too, when Thompson drafted Rodgers, Favre already had been musing about retirement for several years. Rodgers has said he wants to play until at least 40. You're right, Rodgers has an injury history that gives you pause, but he's also hyper-competitive and plays a position that's really protected (and gets more protected each season). So his chances of playing several more years still are pretty good. I think taking a QB in the first round this year is too high, and I wouldn't consider doing it until Rodgers is 37 or 38, unless something happens between now and then to change my mind. I think Brady was 38 when Belichick took Garoppolo in the second round.
It would be really tempting. It all would depend on whether you really liked a guy who was available at 14. But yeah, that's a pretty attractive deal.
Maybe Chubb, though if they thought Barkley is a possible Hall of Famer and in the class of Elliott and Gurley, then probably take him.
You can have a concussion and not miss a game. I'm pretty sure he also had a concussion in '16. I do have to think it's a good sign that he's recovered quickly from his concussions. But he's still had them, and I believe the leading risk factor for suffering a concussion is having had a concussion in the past. Once they start they can keep coming. Doesn't mean they will, but he has had three of them in the last two years as far as I know.
Sounds like a really interesting player. Might even be able to play OLB in a 3-4. I'd be really curious to see how Pettine used him.
It could end up being in no-man's land for the reason you cite. Now, we don't know how players are going to come off the board, there's usually a guy or two picked higher than the mock drafts have him going, so you don't know who might go in the first 13 picks, and thus who might still be on the board.
As many as they can fit in their rookie salary pool. I'm sure it still would be a lot.
One scout I talked too expressed that concern and didn't think he was much better than Shelton, but a couple others made a point of saying they considered Vea a better player than Shelton.
Yes, those decisions usually are part medical and part football.
Yes, the hype is free publicity and helps build suspense to the draft, which makes more money. They could easily have the draft a month earlier than they, even more than a month earlier.
True, but they've found some really good players in the fifth through seventh rounds. Corey Linsley, for instance, was a fifth-rounder, so was Dorsey Levens. Timmerman and Driver were seventh-rounders. Odds are against finding a long-time starter with any given pick, but get enough picks in those rounds, chances are you'll hit on at least one.
If you could get him for a late-round pick, sure. But can he be had for a late-round pick? I tend to doubt it.
Yeah, as far as I know some guys are doing that, others are killing time. I think at his press conference Monday, Gutekunst said that if it's nice out he'll go hit a bucket of golf balls on draft day. Not sure if he'll do that now that he's the boss.
OK, this will have to do it, long night ahead. The NFL wants to get the Packers to London, but they won't give up a home game because home games are so important to the local economy, and other teams don't want to give up a home game against the Packers because it's a guaranteed full stadium. The 2019 season could be in play, the Packers are scheduled to play at the Chargers, and because the Chargers are playing in a temporary stadium, the NFL can force them to play a game overseas (but if I understand it right, the Chargers can protect one game, so maybe they'd protect the Packers game). I'd love to make a trip to London for a game, so I'm hoping it's sooner rather than later. Draft starts in four hours. Thanks everybody for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and questions. I believe I'm chatting again tomorrow at 1 p.m. Central time again, so until then, take care.