The Green Bay Packers could finally select a receiver in the first round this year. If that happens, it’s likely to be one of these three guys, based on their thresholds (close to 200 pounds, over six feet tall, and elite athleticism, usually based on RAS) and willingness to stretch them.
The Packers recently had George Pickens in for a pre-draft visit, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean anything, finding an “X” type makes sense for the offense. Pickens has the size, explosion, and big-play ability to win down the field and make plays at the catch point. His 2021 was marred due to returning off an ACL injury, but the traits are there. Plus, he brings the mentality as a blocker the Packers would love.
Christian Watson has been the big time riser in the 2022 NFL Draft process, and that train is nearing round one territory. Watson showed off the ability to separate in a variety of ways in the 1v1s in Mobile, and showed out a the combine. He brings size and speed in the vein of MVS, but has more in terms of ability after the catch. Watson can get schemed touches and stretch the field early in his career.
Treylon Burks didn’t test the best at the combine, as his speed and explosion numbers were underwhelming. However, Burks is the type of player Matt LaFleur would love in the offense. Burks is dynamite after the catch with toughness, balance, and straight line speed. He has reliable hands, can beat press with strength and speed, and can be given gadget touches early on while he develops the mental side of route running.
If They Stray
Could the Packers stray from their tendencies? It’s entirely possible, which would mean someone like Chris Olave could be in play. Olave is the great route running type the Packers could use, and he has great hands, tracking ability, and is a good deep threat. He’d be the complete package of production from day one.