While Bears fans were soaking in the fun for what has been virtually universal praise of their team’s draft class, the Packers were having a rough go of it.
Packers fans who spent the weekend doom-scrolling saw: (1) reports of Aaron Rodgers not wanting to return to Green Bay, (2) trade rumors picked up significant steam (at least for a brief period), (3) news that Rodgers was telling teammates he wasn’t coming back, and (4) whispers of a power-play in which reports suggest Rodgers wants the team to give GM Brian Gutekunst the boot. And unlike in Chicago, the early returns on the draft aren’t all that endearing.
One grade stands above the rest, as Thor Nystrom (NBC Sports) gives the Packers an F.
A big, fat, stinking F grade. It’s literally the worst grade one could give or get. Moreover, Green Bay is the only team Nystrom hands out in his entire grading process. Tough break. The kind of grade my mother would ground me for having on my report card and threatening to send me to parts unknown until the situation was rectified.
Here are highlights from Nystrom’s explanation:
“Packers GM Brian Gutekunst appears to be in over his head.”
“Last draft, following the Love pick, Gutey continued to eschew position need — no receivers were taken whatsoever — but did so with a series of bizarre reaches. There wasn’t a flashy, controversial pick to light up talk radio this time around. And Gutey even more or less attempted to address his positions of need. But he seems to have a habit of zeroing in on specific prospects and targeting them with pre-delineated picks, not only missing the potential to steal prospects who are falling, but locking himself into over-picking.”
“Gutekunst’s decisions in the last two drafts have ironically put him on his own sort of shot clock. His predecessor is going to step into a situation far worse than he did barring a rabbit-in-the-hat revelation of Love turning out to be a star.”
Overall, the consensus grade puts the Packers 26th among the NFL’s 32 team:
🚨 2021 NFL Draft Team Grades
I combined 18 evaluations for GPA incl:
Doug Farrar & Mark Schofield
Mel Kiper Jr
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— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) May 2, 2021
That’s a real shame. You just hate to see it…