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  • majority of NFL teams [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Brett-Favre-Jersey]Brett Favre Color Rush Jersey[/url] , and we finally know the order of picks in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft — or at least where the Green Bay Packers’ first selection will be. Green Bay will have the 12th pick in round one as a result of their final record of 6-9-1 on the season.Green Bay’s loss to the Detroit Lions did help their draft position, as did victories by the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, who won on Sunday to both finish 7-9. That pushes them down below the Packers in the draft order, giving Green Bay the 12th pick after the early games. Wins by the Bengals and Broncos would have helped the Packers even further, but both teams lost to fall to 6-10 on the season, keeping them ahead of Green Bay.The top two draft picks both belong to teams from the NFC West. The Arizona Cardinals get the first selection as the only team to finish 3-13 this season, and they will be followed by the 49ers, Jets [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Paul-Hornung-Jersey]https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Paul-Hornung-Jersey[/url] , and Raiders in that order.Had the Packers lost their last two games of 2018, they might have been in position to find themselves well inside the top ten of the draft, However, the Packers beat the New York Jets in week 16 before losing on Sunday. If they had lost that game and finished 5-10-1 instead, they would be picking 8th overall.Keep in mind that the Packers will have a second pick in the first round, thanks to general manager Brian Gutekunst’s trade with the New Orleans Saints during the 2018 NFL Draft. However, with the Saints making the playoffs and holding the best record in the entire NFL, that pick can end up no higher than 28th. That would be the position of that pick if the Saints lose in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.The first 20 picks will go as follows [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey]Bart Starr Jersey[/url] , pending confirmation of the strength of schedule numbers. Note that pick 19 will go to the loser of Sunday’s Colts-Titans game; if the game ends in a tie, the Colts will go to the playoffs with the Titans earning the 19th pick due to a lower strength of schedule than the Steelers.2019 NFL Draft First Round OrderPickTeamRecordSOSPickTeamRecordSOS The Green Bay Packers’ 2018 offseason saw a significant brain drain in the team’s front office. After Ted Thompson rode off into the sunset as a glorified area scout, Brian Gutekunst got the vacant general manager job and Eliot Wolf departed for the Cleveland Browns. Alonzo Highsmith went with him, as the team was deprived of two of its longtime personnel men in Gutekunst’s first year on the job.Today, however, an excellent scout with deep Packers ties is back on the market. The Raiders have reportedly fired general manager Reggie McKenzie, who was never going to survive a power struggle with Jon Gruden for long. Gruden’s ten-year contract and significant sway over personnel decisions made that arrangement untenable from the beginning, and the surprise is only that it took until now for owner Mark Davis to release McKenzie of his duties. On Sunday [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Ray-Nitschke-Jersey]Ray Nitschke Color Rush Jersey[/url] , a report emerged that McKenzie was expected to leave after the season, but according to Ian Rapoport, the team has elected to move on from him immediately.Now, it’s time for Gutekunst and team president Mark Murphy to make a phone call and get him back to Green Bay.McKenzie served in the Packers’ front office for nearly two decades, starting as a scout in 1994 and working his way up to director of player personnel. In 2012, the Raiders hired McKenzie as their GM, and he purged a roster that was deep in salary cap hell and built it up to a high-water mark of 12-4 in 2016. That year, he won the NFL’s Executive of the Year award [url=https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Reggie-White-Jersey]https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Reggie-White-Jersey[/url] , largely due to that turnaround.Interestingly, Gutekunst held the director of player personnel job in Green Bay before he took over as GM. He and McKenzie worked together in the Packers’ front office for 13 years from 1999 through 2011, and should therefore have a relationship already. Currently, the Packers have co-directors of player personnel in Jon-Eric Sullivan and John Wojciechowski. However, the team could easily bring McKenzie in as a consultant for the remainder of 2018 before reshuffling the deck in the offseason to clearly define roles and responsibilities moving forward. McKenzie is a shrewd talent evaluator, and he helped identify several exceptional draft picks in his tenure in Green Bay. The Browns should also be interested in McKenzie, since he worked with Wolf and current Cleveland GM John Dorsey in Green Bay as well. Hopefully the prospect of returning to Titletown would lead him back to the shores of Lake Michigan rather than Lake Erie.
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