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Friday Cheese Curds: Packers continue to do diligence on top offensive tackles

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There are a few intriguing depth tackles already on the roster, but nothing proven behind the starters.

The names of players coming to visit the Green Bay Packers as one of the team’s 30 formal visitors this draft season continue to trickle out, and this week that list picked up a couple more names at the offensive tackle position.

Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton and Georgia’s Amarius Mims are on the list now, bringing the total number of confirmed visitors up into the double-digits. They are the first offensive tackles in the group of visitors, but they are projected to come off the board squarely in the Packers’ range around the latter part of the first round.

With the Packers doing plenty of diligence on the tackles, it does make the position seem like an increasingly plausible one for the team to spend an early pick on, even despite general manager Brian Gutekunst’s comments this offseason about believing in left tackle Rasheed Walker. Regardless, the Packers could use some improved depth at the position, with some intriguing but unproven players behind their starters at tackle.

Before we get to today’s links, however, we at Acme Packing Company want to address news that came out yesterday: SB Nation and Vox Media will no longer be supporting team-specific podcasts, and so the APC Podcast feed is no more in its prior iteration. We at APC are disappointed in the decision and the impact that it will have on our coverage of the Packers moving forward, and we hope to have some way of providing audio content in the future.

Now, on to the news.

Luke Tenuta, Caleb Jones on similar path as Yosh Nijman, can Packers get similar results? | Packers Wire
Offensive line — especially tackle — is a common mock draft pick for the Packers again. They do seem to believe in these two young players, however, so they will be trusting Luke Butkus to help them develop regardless of whether or not a draft pick enters the fray.

2024 NFL draft: Favorite team fits for 20 top prospects – ESPN
Former Packers safety Matt Bowen likes the fit for Georgia cornerback Kamari Lassiter in Green Bay. His pure speed is a concern (just a 4.64-second 40) but he did put up excellent agility numbers. Perhaps he could be an option as a slot corner? After all, he does have a similar athletic profile to a one-time Packers second-round pick, Casey Hayward.

Packers NFL Draft big board: 15 targets include Tyler Guyton, Graham Barton and more – The Athletic ($)
Will the Packers draft any of these players? The group includes a bunch of the commonly-mocked names (Barton, DeJean, for example).

North Carolina State big man DJ Burns Jr. says he has no plans on playing football | NFL.com
Bummer.

Italian island overrun by goats is offering them free to anyone who can catch them | CNN
Whether you intend to use them to make milk or cheese, put them on the grass-covered roof of a restaurant, or just eat them, the island doesn’t care. Just take the goats away.

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