Draft Notes: Packers, Dillard, White, Fins

Midway through a rather notable offseason, given the recent behind-the-curtain look at their previous power structure, the Packers are investigating some high-end quarterback prospects. They are obviously set at sports’ marquee position, but with Aaron Rodgers set to turn 36 by season’s end, Green Bay is at a similar point compared to when it last made a major quarterback investment. The Packers will host Drew Lock on a visit Tuesday, Terez Paylor of Yahoo.com reports (on Twitter). They also tried to set up a summit with Daniel Jones, but the parties’ schedules did not line up, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com adds (via Twitter). The Packers took Rodgers when Brett Favre was 36 and sat him for three years. While Green Bay pulling the trigger on a passer would be rather surprising, especially given Rodgers’ contract status, the team does have two first-round picks this year.

Here is the latest from the draft world, staying on the subject of quarterbacks:

  • Lock will also meet with the Chargers, per Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com (on Twitter). Teams have ramped up their signal-caller-related preparation, in the event Kyler Murray does not go No. 1, according to Robinson, who notes some teams believe this year’s passers could slide a bit should Murray not be the Cardinals’ choice atop the draft. Some modest steam picked up on this notion earlier Monday.
  • The Dolphins, who already met with Jones, will head to the Duke campus to work out the former Blue Devil starter, Rapoport reports (on Twitter). Teams only have a few more days to host prospects on “30” visits but can still work them out after that deadline passes. Miami will also host Michigan linebacker Devin Bush and Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
  • Devin White‘s stock has risen during the pre-draft process, to the point he may be the rare off-ball linebacker to be picked in the top five. One of the teams holding such a selection, the Raiders, brought in White for a visit, Rapoport tweets. The Buccaneers, who hold pick No. 5, have been closely connected to the LSU ‘backer. The Raiders have the No. 4 overall pick. Oakland, which also holds the Nos. 24 and 27 selections, will meet with tight end Noah Fant, on Monday as well, Rapoport tweets. The Raiders lost their starting tight end of the past two seasons, Jared Cook, in free agency.
  • For weeks, the Jets have been viewed as a team that would love to trade down. They are meeting with a prospect Tuesday that would support the fact this is a consideration. Ed Oliver will visit the Jets, per Schefter (on Twitter). While the defensive tackle is a surefire first-round talent, he has not been mocked as a player who would be a consideration at No. 3 overall.
  • The Titans are visiting with defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, per Rapoport (on Twitter). This is the Notre Dame-developed defender’s second known visit, the first having come with the Saints recently. Tillery remains in rehab after surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum.
  • Not much has surfaced about which teams are researching an Andre Dillard pick. That has changed. The Washington State tackle prospect is visiting the Falcons on Monday and will meet with the Chargers later this week, Schefter tweets. Additionally, Schefter adds the first-round offensive line hopeful has already visited or worked out for a host of teams — the Giants, Jets, Dolphins, Ravens, Titans, Panthers, Vikings, Jaguars, Bills, Texans, Bengals, Packers, Redskins.
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  1. afsooner02

    Pack had better not waste a high draft pick on a QB this year. They have much bigger needs than a 5-7 year backup before starting QB. ….as in just about everywhere else on the field…..

    • TheTruth12

      They absolutely should consider it given Rodgers injury history. What makes you think he can play 5-7 more years? He’s not Brees and he’s not Brady they’ve managed to stay healthy for the majority of their careers knock on wood, Rodgers can’t say the same. What happens if Rodgers goes down against the Bears week 1 and it’s a season ender? They probably finish bottom of the league because they have no one to back him up we’ve seen this before with Hundley and it’s not pretty.

      • afsooner02

        Because lock and jones suck and aren’t worth a high draft pick either. And yes I do think he’ll play 5-7 more years. Especially since his current contract runs through 2023.

        If he goes down, it’ll be like every other nfl team that loses its star QB….dead if he’s gone more than a few weeks. Window for him to win another super bowl is not big and backup QB is not a pressing need right now….especially with the weak 2019 class. (Murray and Haskins are the only ones any good)

    • Matthew Heywood

      No way Rodgers makes it 5 to 7 more years . With his injury history and aging he will be lucky to make it 4 more years. Would you have said the same thing the year they drafted Rodgers ? If they can get a true replacement why not draft him? If you wait to long you might never find the replacement

    • Tankittothelimit

      They won’t, they’re going all in this year.
      If Rodgers goes down the Pack is screwed anyway, a green rookie isn’t going to save us any more than Kizer will.

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