When former Green Bay Packers executives Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf jumped ship for the Cleveland Browns, the obvious assumption was we need to hire some more guys.
Nope. At least not yet. Packers’ general manager Brian Gutekunst is planning on rolling with the guys he has until after the draft.
“I think there will be some additions I’m sure at some point, probably after the draft when most of that movement happens,” Gutekunst told the Journal Sentinel. “We’ve got plenty of hands on deck right now, so I’m not worried about it right now. But at some point I’m sure we’ll have some movement, you know?
“There will probably be some duties that change … and then obviously Ted being there, having that to lean on is huge, too. But I think right after everything happened, I think for me it was just, ‘OK, let me assess and make sure we’re covered.’ Then I realized we were fine and decided all right, we’ll wait until after the draft before we move into that next step.”
It is presumed that Gutekunst will rely heavily on director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan for the draft. Of course, Uncle Ted will also have some role. While literally everyone but Ted — even Russ Ball — is at the Senior Bowl this week, Big Ted won’t make an appearance until the NFL Combine.
One guy to keep an eye on for a potential high-level job with the Packers is Scot McCloughan. He was a regional scout with the Packers from 1994-99. He has since served as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. He’s also twice worked for the Seattle Seahawks.