Reaction From the Packers Draft

I’ll just throw this out there right away before I’m accused of being a homer.
On the surface and just looking at it on paper, I don’t like how this draft helps the 2020 Packers. I usually can spin it or find some ways of seeing how draft picks can have an immediate impact on the team, but I’m struggling with this one a bit more when it comes to the 2020 season.
So, I went back to the films online and scouting reports online for a few players. I’m going to try to break it down how these new rookies could potentially help this year. This is the best ways I could come up with.

Jordan Love
Yeah…this one is tricky. So let’s try it. I know the Taysom Hill comparison is being thrown out there, but I just don’t see it. At least right now.
The only possible way I can see Love helping out this team in 2020, besides filling in for an injured Aaron Rodgers, is somehow utilizing his legs. Meaning, could we see more read options? But one of the knocks on Love was that he needed to do a better job at reading it. His strengths are making plays when plays break down and arm strength. So maybe, and this might be stretching it, maybe there could be a package of plays for him to incorporate some read option type of plays where they can utilize his scrambling ability, but also be a threat at throwing the ball. The fact he possess both would still keep opposing defenses guessing. If the Packers are not going to do any of that, then its pretty easy. Love is just there to be the eventual replacement.

A.J Dillon
Intersting pick that can go a couple of different ways. First reaction, why are they picking a running back early when they have Aaron Jones and Jamal Williams and other holes to fill?
But let’s look at Matt LaFleur’s pedigree. He is from the Mike and Kyle Shanahan system and one thing that offensive system loves is running backs . Not just one, but multiple. Remember those 90’s Broncos teams? It seemed like they had a different 1,000 yard rusher every couple of seasons. Terrell Davis, Mike Anderson, and Cliton Portis. And we can just look at the 49ers last year to see how they utilized all those running backs. Jones may not be the bell cow, but I don’t think this offense wants a bell cow back. Each running back will have a role and Dillon and Jones are two completely different running backs. The odd man out is Jamal Williams in this.
And for the long term, this obviously protects the Packers after this upcoming season if they lose both Jones and Williams.

Josiah Deguara
Did they reach on this pick? Maybe. But at the time the Packers had no fourth round pick so they might have reached just a bit.
But I don’t see Josiah Beguara being a typical tight end. This is a H-Back/Tight End combo guy. Someone who can be a lead blocker, running out of the backfield into a passing route, lining up hand in the dirt or in the slot. Again, this is a staple in what LaFleur want’s to do in his offense. We saw glimpses of this last season with Danny Vitale and Deguara is more versatile than Deguara. Don’t necessarily view Deguara as a straight up tight end. He’s someone who will line up all over the dang place.
Again, did they reach too high? Maybe. But right after the Packers drafted Deguara, the Patriots a few picks later drafted Dalton Keene who will play in the same role and was a guy I had mocked to the Packers.

Kamal Martin
I’m honestly not sure about this one. Scouting reports all confirm that one of his biggest weaknesses is his timing and reaction. But his speed and length is what stands out mostly about him. He might just be an early down linebacker at best to start his career off until he can prove he can be reliable in coverage.

What else does this draft tell us about the 2020 Packers? They’re giving a lot more responsibility and trust in their former selections. Oren Burks, Josh Jackson, Kingsley Keke, Jace Sternberger, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Montravious Adams all need to step up in a HUGE role this year as they will be counted on big time.
The big head scratcher is the Packers not getting a wide receiver in a historically loaded class. Knowing the Packers tried to trade for Emmanuel Sanders last year, then tried to sign him this year, and Packers GM Brian Gutekunst flat out saying they need to get better at that position and not drafting one high is, well, weird. Especially considering they don’t have a natural slot guy thats high on the depth chart. Maybe that means Davante Adams more over the middle to work in space and letting the bigger wideouts split wide.


But let me throw this out there. The Eagles loaded up on wide receivers in this draft class. They also have two veterans on their roster in DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles reportedly tried to trade Jeffery last season. Both receivers have an injury history, but is it worth a phone call to see the price? Why not?


Were some of these players picked “too early”? Maybe. But that’s according to all of us on the outside. What about the guys we had picked as first rounders who went two round later? And remember, GM’s said this year the media got their mocks wrong more than anytime in recent memory.


This draft as Matt LaFleur’s fingerprints all over the place. The Mike McCarthy offense is gone. Get ready for some heavy running and play action, possibly similar to the back-end of John Elway’s career in Denver. LaFleur has the potential to get creative with some of these guys. But will he get creative? Will it work out? Like all draft picks it remains to be seen. But for the head coach and GM, their jobs could be on the line when it comes to this draft, because they better hope a lot of these guys work out.

First Round Mock and Seven Round Packers Mock

Here we go! Draft season again!

Note: I did not mock any trades for the first round or the Packers, BUT I definitively think there will be for both!

  1. Bengals – QB Joe Burrow
  2. Redskins – DE Chase Young
  3. Lions – CB Jeff Okudah
  4. Giants – OT Jedrick Wills
  5. Dolphins – QB Tua Tagovailoa
  6. Chargers – QB Justin Herbert
  7. Panthers – LB Isaiah Simmons
  8. Cardinals – OT Tristan Wirfs
  9. Jaguars – DT Javon Kinlaw
  10. Browns – OT Mekhi Becton
  11. Jets – WR Jerry Jeudy
  12. Raiders – WR CeeDee Lamb
  13. 49ers – Henry Ruggs III
  14. Buccaneers – OT Andrew Thomas
  15. Broncos – DT Derrick Brown
  16. Falcons – CB CJ Henderson
  17. Cowboys – CB A.J Terrell
  18. Dolphins – OT Joshua Jones
  19. Raiders – CB Jeff Gladney
  20. Jaguars – CB Trevon Diggs
  21. Eagles – LB Kenneth Murray
  22. Vikings – CB Jaylon Johnson
  23. Patriots – LB Patrick Queen
  24. Saints – CB Kristian Folten
  25. Vikings – WR Justin Jefferson
  26. Dolphins – EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos
  27. Seahawks – EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson
  28. Ravens – LB Zach Baun
  29. Titans – OT Austin Jackson
  30. Packers – WR Jalon Reagor
  31. 49ers – DT Ross Blacklock
  32. Chiefs – LB Jordyn Brooks

Packers Seven Round Mock

30 – WR Jalen Reagor

62 – LB Logan Wilson

93 – DT Leki Fotu

136 – RB Darrynton Evans

175 – CB Dane Jackson

192 – T Jack Driscoll

208 – TE/HB Dalton Keene

209 – QB Jake Luton

236 – S Daniel Thomas

242 – WR Tyler Simmons

What to Watch on Netflix – Dan’s 11 Picks

If you ever visited my man cave, there is a wall and four, big bookshelves dedicated to DVDs. I love movies and good TV shows. Then there’s the other wall in the man cave with movie and TV show posters of some of my favorites.

Then the rest of the man cave is sports.

But with a lot of us either at home or working from home these days, you might be looking for some new shows to watch and keep you entertained.

Below is my list of shows you either haven’t heard about, or didn’t jump out to you right away on Netflix. I purposely left off some of the more popular ones, otherwise “The Office”, “The Irishman”, and “Stranger Things” would have made this list. But if you haven’t seen those three, I do recommend watching them!

You

There are two seasons of You out right now and you may think it’s a chick flick type of show. Well, it is in a lot of ways. But, it’s also creepy as hell and you find yourself rooting for the villain.

Outlander

I’m a BIG fan of Game of Thrones. But if I had to pick between Game of Thrones and Outlander, I give the nod to Outlander. Outlander is on Starz, but Netflix has some of the seasons up. My wife and I love this show. It is extremely underrated. Just don’t let the kids watch it. There’s more, uh, “scenes” the kids shouldn’t see compared to Game of Thrones.

The Frankenstein Chronicles

Originally aired on BBC back in the day. If you like a British detective story where the main character was Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, you will enjoy this show

Ripper Street

Another BBC detective show that has a large group of Game of Thrones alums.

Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile

Zac Efron portrays Ted Bundy so well, it’s creepy as hell.

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

If you like documentaries, this is a good one. I grew up not really knowing the whole story about Ted Bundy. This was something.

The Highwaymen

Based on the true story of how Bonnie and Clyde came to their end. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are awesome.

Sherlock

Another BBC detective show. What can I say? But Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing as this modern era version of Sherlock Holmes, who’s also a huge smart ass.

Godless

I’m a big Jeff Daniels fan. I think he is one of the most underrated actors out there. If you like westerns, you will enjoy this show.

The Innocent Man

Based on a true story and book from author John Grisham, this is sort of like Making a Murderer, but really goes into a lot more detail and research on these cases.

The Kominsky Method

A great comic relief show from two all-time actors, Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin

What I’m Watching Now: The English Game

Extra point here. The show I’m currently watching is The English Game. Based on a true story from the 1800’s and its centered around Soccer. I’m not the biggest soccer fan, but so far this is a good watch.

All-Time NFL Draft

These are definitltly some weird, crazy, and scary times going on in our world right now. We’re all in this together!

So while I know there isn’t a lot of sports chat to go around right now, let’s use this time to get a little creative and have some fun with sports.

One thing we’ll be kicking off is an all-time NFL Draft with YOU the listeners. Everyone is on the table from any era. 22 Rounds. 1 round each day. You text in your pick when it’s your time to pick. We’ll hold each round from 7:20-7:50 AM so make sure you’re listening! You can have a co-GM to fill in for you if needed.

The deadline to sign up is today! So put your GM skills to the test! More info to come to those of you who signed up! Here is the link: https://campaign.aptivada.com/proform/812458?embed=true&parent=http%253A%252F%252Fwayyradio.com%252Fprize-dugout%252F

And don’t forget to vote daily on the matchups for the best sports movie as we figure out who gets the crown for the best sports movie ever!

Finally, THANK YOU to all of you who have been listening and participating!

Championship Picks

Titans at Chiefs

The Titans have been super impressive in the playoffs and I don’t know if anyone can stop Derrick Henry right now. But I don’t think the Titans can stop this Chiefs offense either.

The Pick: Chiefs 27 Titans 17

Packers at 49ers

The key to victory is the trenches. The big boys. Can the Packers o-line slow down the 49ers d-line? Can the Packers d-line stop the rush and put pressure on the 49ers? That will all decide the game.

I really, really, really wanna pick the Packers here…………………….

The Pick: 49ers 23 Packers 20

Divisional Round Picks

Vikings vs 49ers

This one I think is either close, or it could be a blowout on each side. Kyle Shanahan vs Mike Zimmer. Who wins between the two play callers will determine this game.

The Pick – 49ers 23 Vikings 17

Titans vs Ravens

If you like running the football, this is the game for you. The Ravens were the top rushing team in the league, but the titans have the individual rushing champ.

The Pick – Ravens 27 Titans 13

Texans vs Chiefs

The Titans escaped a wild game last week against the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes won’t be doing the same antics that Josh Allen was doing for the Bills.

The Pick – Chiefs 30 Texans 17

Seahawks vs Packers

Can the Packers defense stop Russell Wilson? The biggest match-up of the game is the Packers defense vs Russell Wilson in terms of both passing and rushing.

The Pick – Packers 20 Seahawks 16

Dan’s Wild Card Picks

Wild Card weekend is here! The NFL Playoffs!

Here are my picks for this weekend’s games:

Bills at Texans

I think this is a sneaky good game. I’m struggling with this one a bit. How effective is JJ Watt going to be in this game? Is Josh Allen ready for the moment?

The Pick: Texans 17 Bills 10

Titans at Patriots

Seems like a lot of people are high on the Titans and I get it. Ryan Tannehill is playing out of his mind. Derrick Henry is the rushing champ. But, it’s still the Patriots

The Pick: Patriots 23 Titans 17

Vikings at Saints

Who ya rooting for Packers fans? The Vikings to avoid the Saints or do you just want the Vikings out of the playoffs? The key for the Vikings will be Kirk Cousins. Can he do it?

The Pick: Saints 27 Vikings 20

Seahawks at Eagles

The battle of who has enough healthy bodies to play this game. Seahawks are the better team.

The Pick: Seahawks 27 Eagles 17

What Expectations?

How should we view this Packers team?

I’m talking about how we should view them in terms of expectations for this season.  You know what I’m getting at?

Because for most of us, we didn’t see this coming. We didn’t see a 9-3 start through the first three quarters of the season and in first place in the division under a first year head coach who only had one year experience in play calling.

But yet, here we are. Four games left in the regular season and the Packers are right in the thick of a top heavy NFC. So what should our expectations be? Championship or bust? Are you just enjoying the moment because you didn’t expect this happening THIS year?

I’ve battled back-and-forth on this. I didn’t have high expectations this year. I picked them to finish third in their division so I should just be enjoying the ride, right? But, I’m also a big believer in expectations change through the course of any team’s season. But yet, there are things that I see with this team that just doesn’t give me a ton of confidence to win the Super Bowl.

After much inner turmoil and back-and-forth arguments between the two Dan’s in my head, I’ve come to a conclusion I think all Packers fans should come to. At what level of expectations should we hold this 2019-20 Packers team to?

To quote Jake Taylor from the theatrical classic Major League:

“Win the whole *bleep* thing”

Fans should absolutely enjoy what this team is doing so far this year and enjoy the ride. Football is fun again in Green Bay! Live in the moment!

But, given that they have put themselves in a position to get to the playoffs, the expectations have changed.  And that’s a good thing. It means your football team is competitive and competing for the ultimate prize.

We know the Packers are struggling in certain areas and their statistical rankings on defense and special teams are, well, not good in areas. They do have areas they need to really improve on if they want to win a Super Bowl. No doubt about it.

But I’ll say it again. They’re 9-3. They are a good football team.  Maybe not the best, but they are a good football team. And sometimes good enough, in football believe it or not, gets you a Lombardi trophy. Get to the playoffs and weird things happen.

And last time I checked the NFL rules, there is no rule that says a rookie head coach can’t get to or win a Super Bowl.  

And there is a difference between having higher expectations for your team and just constantly calling out bad play calling, calling for someone to get fired already, or always finding a negative in a win. Come on now. We can criticize bad plays by players or questionable play calls now and then. But it sure seems like were quick to criticize something compared to giving props to a good play call. Allow yourself to be happy with a win regardless of who it’s against and upset with a loss regardless of how it happened.

Enjoy the ride and have Super Bowl expectations. You can do both. Stop always looking at the negatives. We know they’re there, but there are also some good things with this team. Believe me!

Whatever happens happens.

Football is fun again in Green Bay.

Win the whole *bleep* thing.

P.S – I’ve got a new podcast coming out early 2020! I love history and sports. I’ve always wanted to do a documentary and I enjoy producing podcasts. So, I’ve combined them all!

Coming soon is Lambeau: A Podcast Series. Curly Lambeau was more than just the founder, coach, and player for the Packers. He lived quite the life. Scandal. Conspiracy. Hollywood. Drama. Glory. He went through it all and I have some awesome guests from the Packers, NFL Films, and historians joining me to discuss the life and legacy of Curly Lambeau. I can’t wait for this to drop!

Quarter 1 for the Pack, Brewers Playoff Bound

After their loss to the Eagles Thursday night, the Packers have completed their first quarter of the season with a 3-1 record. At the beginning of the season if anyone said the Packers record would be 3-1 through the first four games of the season, the majority of fans would and should be very happy with that. Add in two wins against the Bears and Vikings and Packers fans should be good with the record.

But, I still can’t get a good gauge on this team.

The first three weeks of the season we’re highlighted by impressive defensive play. The defense was creating sacks and turnovers at a rate we have not seen from a Packers defense in a really long time. But then against the Eagles, the defense, especially the run defense, was like a leaky faucet.

On the other side of the ball, the offense wasn’t lighting up the world like we’re used to from a Packers offense over the years through the first three weeks of the season. But then Thursday, Aaron Rodgers looks like the old Aaron Rodgers. It helped that the Packers passing game was attacking a depleted Eagles secondary, but give credit where credit is due. The Packers exploited it.

So how can we assess this team after the first quarter?

It’s still a work in progress. Still inconsistent.

I know that’s kind of a cop out answer, but I don’t think we still have a really good gauge on this team. The defense has more than not shown a lot of positive things. But that run defense needs to be shored up. I know Mike Pettine prioritizes the pass over the run, but if you’re going to allow the opposing teams to average 5 yards a carry, your defense is going to get worn down throughout the game.

And I’m maybe not as concerned as the offense as some fans are. We have to remember the offense went up against three good to solid defenses and the team came away with wins. They we’re able to exploit a poor pass defense. If anything, the Eagles game gave me the confidence the Packers offense can move the ball through the air.

But, there is a caveat to that. If Davante Adams is going to miss a long period of time, the offense is going to take a huge step back. And if Bryan Bulaga misses time, I don’t know if Alex Light is the answer. The best option might be to put Billy Turner at right tackle and Lucas Patrick at guard.

All in all, a good start for the Packers with definitely some positive things, but also things to work on, which is to be expected from a team with a new coaching staff and a lot of new players.

So how about those Brewers?! What an incredible turnaround for this team. There was no way, like all if not many of you, thought this team would be going to the playoffs at the beginning of September. And the fact they are still in the hunt for a division championship heading into the final regular season series this weekend? Incredible.

Give credit to the veterans like Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Yasmani Grandal for leading this team and stepping up after losing Christian Yelich for the season. A big credit to the youngsters for rising to the challenge as well.

But a big amount of credit should go to Craig Counsell. To keep that team focused, motivated, and energized after everything that has gone on as been incredibly impressive. One of the best coaching jobs in all of sports.

I don’t know how deep the Brewers will go in the playoffs, but to say they are going back to the postseason in back-to-back season’s is AWESOME!