WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–Green Bay traded away its third-round pick on Thursday night. But when Vanderbilt inside linebacker Oren Burks was still on the board late Friday night, the Packers traded back into the third round and used the No. 88 pick on him.

“You know, athletic linebackers like him can do so much, not only in the run game but in coverage,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said. “They’re just really, really hard to find. There’s a lot of guys that can do one thing really well. But both? Those guys are tough to find. We’re really happy that we went up to get Oren.”

–The Packers have had tremendous success taking college tackles in the middle rounds and moving them to guard. In the past decade, Green Bay selected both Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang in the fourth round, moved them to guard and watched them blossom into Pro Bowl players.

The Packers hope the same holds true for fifth-round pick Cole Madison, a right tackle at Washington State who will be kicked inside.

“You know what, I think the thought process there is if you can play out on the edge whether you’re left tackle, right tackle, from an athletic skill-set standpoint, you’ve got to have feet out there and that kind of thing,” Packers director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan said. “We like taking tackles if we can and moving them inside because they’ve proved that they can play out there in space and do some things athletically that are strenuous, if you will.”

–Punter J.K. Scott, a fifth-round pick, considered walking away from football two years ago due to painful tendinitis in both knees. Scott began working with physical therapist Kevin Wilk, though, his knees started to regenerate tissue and he’s back to 100 percent now.

“Basically, I was at a place where I was wondering if football was something I was supposed to be doing because my knee injury kept getting worse,” Scott said. “But I’m completely healthy again. I would say that whole thing, that whole experience, I’m thankful for that experience because the way the Lord is working in my life showed himself me and fixed my eyes on him.”

–The Packers released wide receiver Jordy Nelson this offseason and found themselves as thin at the position as they’ve been in years. But Green Bay attacked the position by taking J’Mon Moore in the fourth round, Marquez Valdez-Scantling in the fifth and Equanimeous St. Brown in the sixth.

Moore is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at Missouri. Valdez-Scantling set a South Florida record in 2017 with 879 receiving yards. St. Brown had a huge junior season, but slipped as a senior when Notre Dame’s quarterback play went south.

All three should be in the mix for playing time this fall.

“It’s the iron sharpens iron thing and you get all those guys in there with our revamped offensive staff and the whole thing, it’s a positive,” Packers scout Matt Malaspina said. “You hope the guys embrace it and are pros about it and try to get better and the whole group gets better as each guy gets better.”

 

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