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Packers president tells shareholders NFL draft ‘likely’ for Green Bay

GREEN BAY – Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy did not guarantee an NFL draft for Green Bay at Monday’s annual shareholders meeting, but he tiptoed right up to the line.

He said Green Bay likely will host the draft in 2025 or 2027.

“We will be given strong consideration,” Murphy said at his post-meeting press conference. It was not a guarantee, but he said he was confident. “We’ve been close on the other ones, too.”

Green Bay has been angling to host the draft for several years. It could bring hundreds of thousands of football fans to northeastern Wisconsin. The organization had high hopes for 2024, but the NFL chose Detroit. The Packers will not try for the draft in 2026 because it is scheduled to host a University of Wisconsin-Notre Dame football game that year.

More than 8,000 people attended the Green Bay Packers annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field on July 25, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis.

Otherwise, the meeting was a pretty standard affair, which is a return to normal after two COVID-affected years. General Manager Brian Gutekunst went over the team’s roster and recounted highlights of last year, and Murphy had a few things to say about the football side of the operation before working through a list of community interactions and construction projects.

“I do want to give special mention to Davante Adams. He is as fine a person as you’ll ever see in the game,” Murphy said.

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