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With uncertainty around DeShone Kizer http://www.packerslockerroom.com/authentic-mason-crosby-jersey , the 2019 NFL Draft might be a prime time for Green Bay to re-employ the Ron Wolf strategy of the 1990s in developing quarterbacks."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Advicereturning to a yearly QB draft strategy in 2019New,30commentsWith uncertainty around DeShone Kizer, the 2019 NFL Draft might be a prime time for Green Bay to re-employ the Ron Wolf strategy of the 1990s in developing quarterbacks.CDTShareTweetShareShareThe Packers stand to benefit from returning to a yearly QB draft strategy in 2019In his first offseason as General Manager of the Green Bay Packers, Brian Gutekunst shared at least one similarity with former GM Ron Wolf: he traded for a quarterback castoff. DeShone Kizer, acquired from the Cleveland Browns after just one season with the team, was a once-regarded first round talent that dropped to the second. Green Bay was reportedly interested in Kizer during that 2017 NFL Draft and made the surprising move to trade for the Notre Dame product once he became available. Likewise, Wolf shocked many Packers fans when he dealt for Brett Favre, another player that slipped to the second round of the draft and had worn out his welcome in Atlanta. But while Kizer has not come close to displaying Favre-like ability in the pros, Gutekunst’s decision did represent a return to prioritizing the backup quarterback position, even with an established starter at the helm.The Packers selected a quarterback in seven of Wolf’s 10 years in charge of the roster, in addition to trading for Favre in the 1992 offseason. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Wolf described his reasoning for the strategy. But while Favre continued to be available on the field, the philosophy shifted a little when Mike Sherman took the driver’s seat with just one quarterback in three drafts JK Scott Jersey White , and continued even under Wolf disciple Ted Thompson. Thompson drafted the position sporadically, selecting five quarterbacks in 13 drafts. However, three of those occurrences came within his first four years as GM. The last time Green Bay drafted a signal caller was Brett Hundley in 2015.The benefits to an annual quarterback draftee are noted. Most important is the insurance of grooming a capable spot starter in case of injury. The Packers have really struggled with this in particular over the past five years outside of Matt Flynn’s heroic moments of 2010 and 2011. The low-cost talent acquired via undrafted and street free agency to back up Aaron Rodgers was a liability, especially as Hundley failed to show progress after two full years of prior seasoning.Meanwhile, trade collateral is an added advantage with drafting quarterbacks. While the hope is that there will be minimal chances for a backup to showcase his skills, a backup’s preseason action and opportunities when pressed into action can provide later trade value. For every Jay Barker of the Wolf era that fizzled in the pros, there were players like Matt Hasselbeck, whose value appreciated over time. Identifying a franchise quarterback will never be an approach that goes out of style and, in fact, the cost of finding one is only rising.Although Wolf called drafting quarterbacks “blind luck,” he was almost 50-50 in finding a future starting quarterback in the later rounds and selling them later. With Favre stabilizing the starting spot, here is a look at the return value of Wolf’s quarterback selections.Packers quarterbacks drafted under Ron WolfDraft YearRoundPlayerValue to Green BayDraft YearRoundPlayerValue to Green BayWith Kizer failing to impress in 2018 and undrafted Tim Boyle sliding into the third quarterback role as a rookie, the Packers are in position to re-initiate an annual third-day Za'Darius Smith Jersey White , quarterback-drafting strategy this year. Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson, Washington State’s Gardner Minshew, and Vanderbilt’s Kyle Shurmur, the son of New York Giants head coach Pat, make up three of a number of potential prospects available in the fourth round and beyond. Even if Green Bay does not find a diamond in the rough, a late-round pick could provide valuable training camp competition to Green Bay’s current depth. But if the Packers do, they could bolster their roster in both the short and long terms.As Gutekunst continues to add competition and increase the talent level at a variety of positions on the Packers’ roster in 2019, quarterback is not one that should be neglected with 10 April selections. And while drafting quarterbacks may indeed be blind luck, the value derived from the Packers’ strategy of the 1990s was far from it. If you’d have told Green Bay Packers fans in August their team would have a duplicate record with the Cleveland Browns in December, they’d probably say they’d be stunned the Browns had such a strong season.Now that December is actually here and both teams have identical records and for all the wrong season.What’s worse is both teams have head coaching vacancies and somehow the Packers opening is the less desirable of the two.Does this sound like some version of hell, Packer Nation? It’s not quite as bad as it might sound.Cleveland has been in the basement of the league for decades and has been able to stockpile a lot of young talent thanks to consistently picking in the top five of the draft. Green Bay has spent most of their time picking in the mid-to-late twenties the past decade, save the past two seasons.The Packers do still have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, but he just turned 35 and has fewer years behind him than he does ahead. The Browns have Baker Mayfield Kyler Fackrell Jersey , a gifted but raw young signal caller who could take the throne Rodgers currently holds as the NFL’s most gifted signal callers.There are more factors than the above at play obviously, but the bottom line is the Packers are a victim of their own success in this situation. What the Packers do have going for them is obviously Rodgers but also a young aggressive general manager in Brian Gutekunst. It’s not a bad job by any means, it’s just Cleveland holds an advantage thanks to their long stretch of poor play. You can read more on the comparison between two jobs and how Mike McCarthy was allowed some closure in today’s cheese curds.Packers’ job attractive, but can’t compete with Browns’--PackersNews.comAfter being a staple of success and stability for over a decade, the wave of change has swept over Green Bay.Unfortunately sometimes success puts a team are a disadvantage when change finally comes.After coach firing, Packers players try to show ‘we weren’t the problem’--ESPNThe Packers players have a lot on the line these final four games. With their coach now gone, many players will look to prove they’re not one of the reasons for the disappointing season.Mike McCarthy gives ‘emotional’ speech to Packers’ locker room--Packers.comRegardless of how it ended, an era is over in Titletown and it was an era that had a Super Bowl title in it. Nostalgia ran rampant throughout Lambeau Field this week.Packers have 4 deserving Pro Bowlers in 2018--Packers WireDespite a 4-7-1 record, the Packers have had some great individual performances. Alligator makes surprise appearance in Kentucky swamp--UPISomehow “Kentucky Fried Gator” doesn’t have the same ring to it.