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New GM Brian Gutekunst and Packers Use Pre-Draft Visits to Bring in Top Names

In prior years, Packers general manager Ted Thompson used his allotted 30 pre-draft invitations to the Packers’ facility mostly on undrafted free agent types, refusing to tip off the competition on what he might be doing in the early and middle rounds of the draft.

New general manager Brian Gutekunst has changed all that and has brought in some of the top names in the draft, including Florida State safety Derwin James, Washington nose tackle Vita Vea, Virginia Tech inside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“I just thought for me and how I wanted to go about it, there’s just a certain amount of, yes, I wanted to have some face-to-face time with (them) individually,” Gutekunst said Monday. “I also think getting them with our coaching staff and seeing how they might fit in our room and our team locker room was important.”

“We’ve done that in the past, I don’t know if it’s been as publicized as it has been, but we’ve done that in the past and I always liked it. We just did a little bit more of it this year.”

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