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Posted: Oct. 25 2019,05:32

Tight end may not be considered a premium position http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-kyle-murphy-jersey , but in Matt LaFleurís offense it just might be. For a Packers team looking for a complement to Davante Adams, they might find it in a player like T.J. Hockenson."Brian Gutekunstís aggressive approach to free agency hurt the mock draft industrial complex. Before the Green Bay Packers signed ZaíDarius and Preston Smith, putting together the likely targets for Green Bay at 12th overall was easy: grab the best pass rusher on the board. Montez Sweat before he habachiíd the combine. Jachai Polite before he lit his own draft stock on fire. Brian Burns hadnít quite moved up the boards that far, but heíd been a name to watch. The Packers can still go that route. Behind the Acme Sackers, there arenít great options and a team can never have too much pass rush. Kyler Fackrell will almost certainly regress with his sack totals and someone like Burns could come in and give them rotational outside linebacker snaps. But the question becomes, for a team that now lacks short-term holes, where are the positions that could offer the most long-term impact? Green Bay has questions at safety, offensive tackle, and tight end beyond this season, as well as some depth concerns at linebacker, receiver, and defensive line. After working to round this roster out, the Packers could conclude that a blue chip tight end like T.J. Hockenson or Noah Fant gives them the best chance at long-term impact of their options at 12. Letís say they draft Burns. If Mr. and Mr. Smith stay healthy, how many snaps can Burns reasonably snag? If we assume similar player quality in terms of the prospects available at 12 (something that isnít practical without perfect information, but is necessary for the sake of argument) Corey Linsley Jersey White , Burns probably wouldnít play more than 35-40% of snaps on his rookie contract. If heís good, but not great (again, assumed for the sake of argument), thatís a useful player, but not likely to be as impactful as a player of similar quality at another position where he can start. Jonah Williams and Jawaan Taylor donít fit Green Bayís traditional athletic profile, a mold from which theyíre unlikely to depart with such a high selection. The only top lineman matching what the front office traditionally looks for is Andre Dillard, the best pass-blocking tackle in the draft and an outstanding athlete. If heís starting at right tackle by Year 2óand letís be honest, heís going to have to play in 2019 with Bryan Bulagaís injury historyóif heís the same quality player as Burns, heís more impactful to this team, probably by a lot. But reasonable people disagree about whether or not heís deserving of the 12th pick. If the Packers feel that way, they could be in a position where both Devin linebackers are off the board (Devin White to Tampa is the worst kept secret in the draft, and the Bengals have been linked to Devin Bush), Ed Oliver is gone, and theyíre left looking at guys like Hock and Burns, or reaching for a safety if they donít like the offensive tackle options. Given Ted Thompsonís history and Brian Gutekunstís adherence to much of that vision Womens Justin McCray Jersey , guard likely wonít be on the table either. Hockenson, or even Fant, become intriguing options. Forget, for a moment, the issues teams have had drafting tight ends in the first round. It is the case theyíve been much more successful plucking guys later in the draft, but thatís also not proof Hock or Fant are bad prospects, or likely to be sub-par players. Itís merely evidence teams have been ineffective at correctly identifying talent at the position. The wisdom has long been, if you can get a tight end later, why use a high pick now? Thatís a fair point to make. On the other hand, itís not a case against Hockenson or Fant specifically. In fact, most first-round draft picks are bad, with more than half failing to earn a second contract. If we are assuming Hockenson and Fantís quality as prospects are the same as players also available, we have to assume theyíre good. This is a leap actual teams canít make, relying instead on their own evaluations. The argument against a tight end canít be that itís not a premiere position, because in this offense it is. Kyle Shanahan rode George Kittle to record-breaking receiving numbers last year with sub-NFL quarterback play. Matt LaFleur has Aaron Rodgers. Imagine what he could do with a guy 90% as talented as Kittle. Tight ends take time to develop Lane Taylor Jersey White , but no matter, Green Bay has Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis in the stable for 2019. Someone like Hockenson could take over in 2020 and be playing starting snaps, getting 100 targets a year every season for the rest of his rookie contract. In this offense, that could be WR2 numbers, particularly with no obvious No. 2 option in the passing game already evident on the team. Graham saw 89 targets last season in an offense that isnít conducive to tight end success. Kittle got 136 last season from Nick Mullens and his traveling band. Before Delanie Walker got hurt last season in Week 1, he already had seven targets for LaFleur in Tennessee. Even if all a player like Hockenson can be is a souped up version of Heath Miller, a tight end who can block and be ultra-reliable for you in the middle of the field, in this offense thatís a highly impactful player. Given that his upside appears to be well beyond that (names like Kittle, Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten have been thrown out there), thereís certainly a chance he could make that 12th pick well worth it. Ed Oliver, if heís there, represents value too good to pass up. After that, if we are assuming similar quality prospects, a guy like Dillard who can be a future right tackle, represents the best value. But if Oliver is gone and Dillard isnít coveted by the Packers Tramon Williams Jersey , a tight end has as good a case as any to be the most impactful player on the board, even ahead of another pass rusher or an inside linebacker. The quality of these players should ultimately decide the pick. If the Packers love Devin Bush and heís there, they should take him. If they think Brian Burns is Von Miller 2.0, by all means, draft him. But if they see similar talents available and canít find a trade partner to move down to 13, 15, or 17, there are two tight ends who could be big-time players for Matt LaFleur in this offense with Aaron Rodgers. Tight end is a premium position in this offense, and will be a need long-term for the team. Believing one of those guys has the best chance to maximally improve this roster is no longer a pipe dream. Brian Gutekunstís spending spree saw to that. Now, the Packers can focus on getting the best player for their team, evenóand perhaps especiallyóif itís a tight end.Packers vs. Steelers, Preseason 2018: First half game updates & discussion Tonight, the Green Bay Packers take the field for their second preseason game of 2018, hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle of players trying to make the rosters of the two legendary franchises. For Pittsburgh, the stars are sitting ó Ben Roethlisberger Paul Hornung Jersey White , Antonio Brown, and Cameron Heyward will not dress for the game, and running back LeíVeon Bell is still holding out.Weíre looking for more readers to join the Acme Packing Company FanPulse group and weigh in on polls tracking the Packersí 2018 season!Click here for more information or click here to sign up.Itís not all bubble players on the field for the Packers, however. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said that he expects to play tonight, and head coach Mike McCarthy indicated that it was his plan as well to get his veteran leader on the field. The question will be how much will we see of #12 and will we also see the rest of the teamís starters?A few players we know we will see are the Packersí young wide receivers, who largely impressed in the opener last week. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had the biggest numbers, with a five-catch, 101-yard, one-touchdown performance, while Jake Kumerowís 52-yard touchdown reception put a bow on the game for Green Bay. Will they keep up their recent success? Click here for our Game Primer to get all the details for watching tonightís game and tune in to find out.Game Updates from APC StaffA Twitter List by acmepackingco Game Updates from Packers MediaA Twitter List by TexWestern
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