1) Denver passing on Justin Fields: The Broncos couldn’t have asked for a better situation with the ninth overall pick. Fields, Ohio State’s All-American quarterback, was still available after three other signal-callers had been selected ahead of him. But instead of jumping at the opportunity, Denver decided Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II was the better option. There’s no doubting that Surtain II is a great talent, one that will help the Broncos’ defense immediately. The problem is that Denver still doesn’t have its quarterback situation figured out. New general manager George Paton has been impressed with all the work Drew Lock has put in this offseason. The team also recently traded for Teddy Bridgewater, which means Lock hasn’t impressed his new boss that much. Let’s also not forget that Denver plays in the same division as Kansas City, which has a pretty good quarterback named Patrick Mahomes. To be blunt, it’s not going to matter who is playing cornerback in Denver if the Broncos don’t have a quarterback who can generate plenty of points for that offense as well. Of course, this will be a different conversation if the Broncos wind up landing Aaron Rodgers in a trade. Until that happens, let’s go with this take: Denver will regret letting Fields, who wound up in Chicago, slip through its fingers.
2) The Packers’ approach to placating Aaron Rodgers: Since Rodgers’ name just came up, let’s talk about how Green Bay continues to make a bad situation worse. Rodgers made it clear Thursday that he wants out of Green Bay. Part of his frustration traces back to the Packers’ decision to use a first-round pick on quarterback Jordan Love in last year’s draft and not use any other selection to give Rodgers more help at wide receiver. So how did the Packers decide to make Rodgers feel better about the team this time around? By taking cornerback Eric Stokes with their first-round pick. Stokes may very well be a fine player. The problem is that talented wide receivers like Elijah Moore, Rondale Moore and Terrace Marshall Jr. all went in the second round. The Packers eventually selected Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers in the third round but it feels too little too late. Rodgers seems to be at a point where he’s simply had enough of the Packers. That first-round pick probably only reminded him of why he’s so bitter right now.