The Lass Word: Drooling Again Over Draft Receivers

One of these guys needs to be wearing green and gold in the Fall.

I can't help myself.   

 

For the second year in a row, I am getting pumped about the prospect of the Packers taking a wide receiver in the first or second round of the NFL draft.  

  

In my heart I know that this is a futile dream.  Gutey won’t do it, and probably shouldn’t.   I acknowledge the team has greater needs.  Defensive line.  Corner.  Tackle.  I get it. 

  

Still, I can't help drooling over the long list of impressive receiver prospects in this year's draft.  You see, I am among those who don't believe the Packers' receiver unit is good enough.  Yes, I know Green Bay had the number one offense. but I tend to attribute that mostly to the greatness of Davante Adams and Aaron Jones, the emergence of Robert Tonyan, and the ability of Aaron Rodgers to get the ball to them. 

  

To be sure, the Packers got significant contributions from Allen Lazard, MVS, even EQ made a first down conversion now and then.  They are blue collar guys who work hard and do much of the blocking dirty work.  They are the kind of players you love to pull for and rejoice when they make the occasional big play.  But let's be honest.  They are number three caliber receivers.  I have to believe they are at, or near, their ceiling. They don't compare to true number twos, like Calvin Ridley, Justin Jefferson or CeeDee Lamb (all of whom were first round selections).   Devin Funchess?  He hasn't played a meaningful season since 2018.  Green Bay needs a more consistent top talent at the position, the kind of talent you usually have to get in the first or second round.  The three best receivers in recent Packers’ history, Adams, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb were all second round picks.  Ditto for Greg Jennings.  The 7th round finds like Donald Driver are rare.   

  

Just as in 2020, this year's draft features eight to ten really good receivers at the top.  The consensus of the gurus who put out mocks, is that Alabama's dynamic duo of Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle, along with LSU's Ja'marr Chase, will be long gone by pick 29.  But that leaves a tantalizing menu of others who may still be there when Green Bay's turn is on the clock. 

  

I can't help getting excited about seeing someone like Rashod Bateman of Minnesota, Rondale Moore of Purdue, or Kadarius Toney of Florida wearing green and gold.  I wouldn't quibble with Ole Miss's Elijah Moore or LSU's Terrace Marshall either. 

  

A couple of the mocks actually predict the Packers will pull the trigger on a receiver with their first round pick, something they haven’t done since taking Javon Walker in 2002.  The cbssports.com mock draft has Green Bay taking Toney in round one.   How cool would that be?  Toney is the prototypical slot receiver the Pack doesn't really have.  He gets open and runs like a running back after the catch.  He has Tyreek Hill-ish moves, although he's not quite as fast.  Alas, I fear it is not meant to be.   At 5'10", Toney is not the tall, physical type receiver the Packers favor. 

  

Cynthia Frelund of nfl.com has Green Bay taking Rondale Moore.  Big Ten fans have watched Moore perform the past few years.  Much like Adams, Moore has a great explosion off the line of scrimmage, competes well for the ball, and can score from anywhere on the field.  Here again, size is an issue.  He's just 5'9", but his athletic ability allows him to leap for contested catches. 

  

The Packers will no doubt extend Adams at some point, but beyond that, they have no receivers under contract for 2022.  It seems General Manager Brian Gutekunst will be compelled to take one or two pass catchers in the coming draft.  But despite my eager anticipation, they will likely be day three guys that will send me deep into my CHTV Draft Guide to learn about.   

 

Then again, Gutey can be full of surprises come draft night.  No one expected Rashan Gary.  No one surely expected Jordan Love.  So...... just maybe??? 

  

With contracts for MVS, Lazard, EQ and Funchess all expiring after this season, it will be interesting to see which of them the team decides to bring back.  What they do in this draft may have a profound effect on that. 

 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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Lphill's picture

April 01, 2021 at 03:11 pm

62 receivers have been drafted in the first 3 rounds in the last 5 drafts , none by the Packers.

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Coldworld's picture

April 01, 2021 at 03:23 pm

And I’m absolutely fine if they don’t this year, at least on day one and really wouldn’t kill me if not on the second. At this point, we need real candidates to add to other positions before we add depth, potential and an effective slot/option/returner type(s) in later rounds.

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Titletown222's picture

April 01, 2021 at 11:41 pm

Yet with the more pressing needs at OL, OT and CB doesn’t that suggest it’s a better chance that Gutey drafts a WR this year?

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 02, 2021 at 09:40 am

Should bag a WR by the third round. CB, OT, WR then worry about depth. Get veteran one-year plugs to fill spots and cut some more of the dead weight. Focus on the Big Game, not the sledding hill.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 01, 2021 at 04:52 pm

And yet, we have the best passing attack in the league. Do you feel sorry for those teams that wasted their picks on guys who aren’t any better than they Day 3/UDFAs we have? I don’t.

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PackerGold's picture

April 02, 2021 at 05:31 am

But we are expecting the existing receiving group to step up this year? Even though the Packers have had one of the slowest group of receivers in the NFL since 2015.

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Johnblood27's picture

April 02, 2021 at 08:40 am

But Hey, ,we do have our QB of the future... so we have that going for us...

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 02, 2021 at 09:43 am

If Rodgers goes down and the kid wins games for them to stay in the hunt, then the storyline changes. With The last group of fill-ins at backup, the fans would be looking forward to a higher drafting position.

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Guam's picture

April 01, 2021 at 03:35 pm

No, not until day three. The Packers had the #1 offense without Funchess and the fans need to give this guy a chance to prove himself before dismissing him out of hand ("he hasn't played played a meaningful season since 2018"). He was injured in 2019 and sat due to COVID in 2020 - its not like he played poorly in those two years.

The offense will be fine without drafting a WR. Fix the damn defense.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 01, 2021 at 04:57 pm

Fix the blocking. We’re minus three starters from last year....Wagner, Linsley, and Bakhtiari (until he comes back).

If Rodgers has time to do his job, our existing group of receivers will be fine.

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dblbogey's picture

April 01, 2021 at 06:08 pm

We've had a string of good right tackle play (Tauscher, Bulaga). It's time to continue that run and take one in the first round if a good one is there.

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Guam's picture

April 02, 2021 at 08:04 am

Yes, fix that too although Gute started that process last year when he drafted three interior OL at least one of which maybe able to play RT (Runyon). So Linsley as well as Lane Taylor (depth) have already been replaced. I expect one of the first three rounds to be spent on an OT.

The larger needs are on defense. The Packers need multiple CBs and drafting at least one DT if not two would be helpful as well. And more depth at ILB since Burks is only special teamer and Summers has not shown much in two years. Fix the defense.

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ShawnO's picture

April 02, 2021 at 08:16 am

I could see the Packers drafting a WR in the second round with the plan of letting Adam's go in FA. They are already in cap he'll next season and will need to find money for Alexander.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 02, 2021 at 09:46 am

I agree. OT day one...DL, ILB, CB day two...WR to start day 3 or a trade up at WR in the 4th round.

Having a clear #2 WR in ML's offense is less a need when you have such a high octane run game. Teams that are weak in the run game or have coaches who don't use it much (MM), they need a bonafide #2 to stress defenses expecting the pass.

When you have the sublime Adams, the dual threat Jonsey, the prolific Big Bob all backed up by Lazard, MVS, ESB, Deguara, Dillon, and even Lewis....I think drafting a WR in the first three rounds is a luxury when a good OT, DT, CB, and ILB could provide more immediate impact.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 01, 2021 at 03:38 pm

The Packers WR group was 10th in yards in 2020. Now they've added Funchess. If a guy they think is awesome falls to them I can see it. But, I am not expecting a WR until day 3.

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

April 01, 2021 at 03:39 pm

I will be very disappointed if the Packers take a WR in the first three rounds. It would be a huge waste of draft capital in my mind; no rookie would be heads-and-shoulders above Lazard/MVS/Funchess, so you're adding a part-time player. Get me a Creed Humphrey to start at center, or a Trevor Moehrig to play 80% of the defensive downs; get me a solid DT candidate because God knows we need one; Get a good-looking OT or guard or even an ILB. I want a rookie WR, but I want him in the fourth round or later, because there are going to be some good guys still available then: Demetric Felton, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Sage Surratt, Dazz Newsome, Ihmir Smith Marsette, Whop Philyor, etc. would all be fine in my book as a fourth WR.

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Titletown222's picture

April 01, 2021 at 11:45 pm

A first round center is a waste of draft capital. It has one of the lowest positional values. QB OT CB and pass rusher are the best value for a 1st round pick

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PackEyedOptimist's picture

April 02, 2021 at 06:08 pm

Hey Titletown, if we're talking "in a vacuum" I'd agree, but a "sure thing Pro-Bowl center" is a different case. That's Humphrey. There are some good-looking tackles that will be available at 29, but none of them are close to being the almost-certain-to-be-great player that Humphrey is.

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murf7777's picture

April 01, 2021 at 03:57 pm

I will be disappointed if they take WR in round one or two, but if they do, I’ll wrap my head around our new shimmery penny and get excited to watch all the WR’s games and highlight reels. I’ll even probably expound how excited I am for our offense and rationalize how we will be unstoppable now.

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dobber's picture

April 01, 2021 at 07:28 pm

" I’ll even probably expound how excited I am for our offense and rationalize how we will be unstoppable now."

We're all along for the ride...might as well enjoy it!

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 02, 2021 at 09:51 am

If you're not getting better, you're spinning in the same spot. This team needs more speed. Zimmer didn't rebuild his defense in the off-season to watch LaFleur run circles around him. He will bring the same formula as Tampa Bay and they will double Adams continuously. If a weapon is there at WR, you have to move on him.

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Nate-1980's picture

April 06, 2021 at 06:00 am

I agree 100 % , jannes, well said..

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HarryHodag's picture

April 01, 2021 at 04:09 pm

When I look at the mock drafts I ignore any draft with the Packers taking a receiver, even late. Those people have been reading all the nonsense sports writers who have been talking in their echo boxes.

Look at the Packers 2020 offense and tell me another receiver would have made the difference.

The real problems, again, were special teams and defense, two areas where coaches have been changed.

There's only one football. Do you take passes away from D. Adams to give to another receiver? What would that gain?

Alan Lazard. Highly underrated receiver who will be coming into his own soon. And he won't cost an arm and a leg. Receivers are like running backs, a dime a dozen. You can find a free agent if you need one pretty easy.

2022: After the Packers drafted a receiver number one, the offense is largely the same, but teams are playing bombs away over the secondary, running through the defensive line with ease and Rodgers is getting sacked a plenty and getting hurt because of a bad right offensive tackle.

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GatorJason's picture

April 01, 2021 at 05:30 pm

I think it would be irresponsible to pick a WR in first two rounds if there were talented OTs and CBs or a quality LB or DL man on the board. But after that, there are some special kids at WR who would be upgrades to GB's current 4-6 WR positions. Some could add return and motion skills lacking on recent teams. Not taking any WRs with the talent depth would be a mistake especially with few being signed through 2022. I agree with others that there will still be special wideouts in 3-4 rounds that could be mainstays on the Packer's offense for years to come. A WR with MVS speed and better hands and route running would be an easy get in this years draft w/o forking over a first or second round pick.

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Swisch's picture

April 01, 2021 at 04:15 pm

I'm a big fan of our current group of wide receivers.
I've been thinking we should take a CB or DL in the first two rounds, then maybe OL and ILB.
However, after reading Ken's piece, if we can get someone who can even approximate Tyreek Hill in the first round, then I'd be happy if we go for it.
I really want that slot guy who is shifty enough to get open, agile enough to dive around the field for catches, and tough enough to hold onto the ball in traffic. If he's also a threat to break open a short pass for a long gain, I'm excited enough to pick him first. (A guy who is shorter generally seems better for that kind of work.)
Then we'd only be one pick behind schedule in selecting for defense.
Also, with ten picks, maybe we could find a way to move up for another pick in the third round, perhaps using a future draft pick or a current player in the deal.
To get a guy who at wide receiver is both a chain-mover and a game-breaker seems too hard to pass up, so to speak -- but we'll see what kind of reception this comment gets from other fans.

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stockholder's picture

April 01, 2021 at 04:41 pm

I can see 2 Wrs this draft. Why? Adams contract. And Special Teams. I have Terrace Marshall as the next replacement for Adams. Big fast, Good Route runner. But I wouldn't complain one bit, if Gute went up in the second rd. for Moore. @29 is a little high for small dudes.

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Archie's picture

April 01, 2021 at 04:50 pm

I will guarantee Gutey drafts AT LEAST one WR this year. Why? The Packer way has been to prepare for losses one year ahead of time. See Dillon etc. With all Packer WR contracts set to expire in 2021, Gutey will draft at least one WR. My max value guy is Diami Brown. He may last till our R2 pick or require a small trade-up. Adams/Brown would make an outstanding top 2.

Yes, I know, we need one or two CBs, maybe a S (Savage moves to nickel corner), DT, DE, ILB, edge, OT, OG, C....... We can't fill 'em all but if the best player on the board is any of these positions, including WR, take him. There will always be holes. If we traded Rodgers for a boatload of picks and used his salary savings to sign a boatload of FAs, maybe we would get close to filling all the holes but until that happens, we can only hope for a great draft, regardless of position.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 02, 2021 at 09:58 am

Trading Rodgers would not just leave a hole....it would create a Grand Canyon.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 01, 2021 at 05:23 pm

I think the Gute pattern was sign for present holes and draft for future holes. I suspect at this point he thinks he has enough to succeed with for now, after bringing back Lancaster and King. The future holes are many, but WR may be higher on the list than we think.

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dobber's picture

April 01, 2021 at 07:07 pm

I think that if the Packers take a round 1 or 2 WR, it will be to prop up a new QB sooner rather than later. #12 has shown he doesn't necessarily need that help to run an offense...I suspect that the next Packer signal caller will need significantly better skill players around him--and ready to contribute--to make the O go. It could be in part why they brought AJones back, too.

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BradHTX's picture

April 01, 2021 at 09:26 pm

Good insight, Dobber.

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Titletown222's picture

April 01, 2021 at 11:52 pm

If the packers are ready to move on from Rodgers next year, why sign Jones? Why sign a RB to a lucrative two-year deal?
I think signing jones is good news regarding keeping Rodgers

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dobber's picture

April 02, 2021 at 08:23 am

I think the rationale would be because they want better skill position players to give one more run in 2021 with ARod and to have a proven multi-tool player to help prop up a new QB in 2022. The old adage is that the best friend of a young QB is a diverse and effective run game. We keep saying that good RBs are easy to find--just draft a 5th rounder and **poof** Aaron Jones!...Packers have only had sporadic success since Ahman Green with RBs.

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MarkinMadison's picture

April 02, 2021 at 09:04 am

It takes at least three years to develop a guy into #1 wide receiver. Davante is 28 right now - 31 in three years. I think it is time to look for a future WR1 regardless of QB, because you can't count on Davante playing at this level at age 31. Jordy - very different player - peaked at 26/27 and had a pretty big drop off at age 31. Davante is so effing smart that he could be more like a Jerry Rice and maintain his production well into his 30s, but I don't think you can count on it. I think you start looking for a guy to be his equal right about now.

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blondy45's picture

April 01, 2021 at 05:59 pm

No WR until day 3 for me. Plug some holes in our defense for sure first. Shorter slot type WR's will be plentiful on day 3. We must get some CB quality & depth most of all. Obviously we need DT help for sure. If DT Barmore is not available at 29, go for DB. We need not waste a prime pick on the WR position. If a stud OT is at 29, get him, but do not reach. I am one of the few believers in the Pack's depth at O-line. We have a ton of talent on the bench, who have not yet gotten a chance to perform (injuries-also behind great starters), but I believe we will see many of them this year due to a 17 game schedule, only 1 bye week, and injuries more than likely to occur.

I believe the LB core is more important to fortify than our OL. I know the Pack does not value LB's as highly as most NFL teams do. The depth behind the LB starters on our team now is very shaky. A talented Safety would be nice too. Get a later round RB, and a last pick or FA PUNTER, and I will be happy. Please, just pick the position areas of need. We can develop later round picks (WR's) for the future. We have most of our team returning this year. Our later draft picks need not perform early except for special teams. Coach them up, plug them in, & recharge the Pack when the need arises. WE need CORNERBACKS with some size that TACKLE!

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The_Justicar's picture

April 01, 2021 at 06:53 pm

While I agree with Harry about ignoring mock drafts with WR to the packers...seems like Gute drafts for future needs a lot so I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes one early this year. While it is not a huge need for THIS year, he plans further out than one year. With not a single WR signed beyond this year, he almost has to take one or more. Not taking one early also provides extra leverage to Adams in any contract negotiations. Personally, I hope they take the highest rated player on their board regardless of position, outside of qb. If that ends up being a WR, so be it.

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Packindepth's picture

April 01, 2021 at 06:56 pm

If Mr. "G" doesn't draft a 1st or 2nd round receiver, it's clear, he want's Rogers frustrated to cave in and get out of his town. A poor GM is evident by his drafting and handling of sensitive situations, which seems to be the case here.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 02, 2021 at 10:04 am

How is that "clear"?

Not drafting a WR in the first two rounds last year made #12 so frustrated he piloted the NFL's top scoring machine, 14-4 record, and earned an MVP.

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:26 am

Shhh...let's keep the data to a minimum.

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JQ's picture

April 01, 2021 at 07:41 pm

"Gutey won’t do it, and probably shouldn’t. I acknowledge the team has greater needs. Defensive line. Corner. Tackle. I get it."

Word.

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PhantomII's picture

April 01, 2021 at 09:57 pm

What if......What if Adams is hurt again. Who is going to step up all the way to #1 WR? That's right..NOBODY. We don't have a single WR signed for next season, not 1. How long does it take a non 1st RD WR to start? 95% of the time 2-3 YEARS. How long is Rodgers window? I admit we need other positions like DL, CB and that's why we have a 2022 1st round draft pick since we went to back to back NFCC games. Time to reload with a good DL/CB and WR. Ideally we could have picked up a FA on DL ready to go and even a CB or WR but not this year unless Rodgers contract is extended without huge contract cap hits. Adding a WR when the slots are full does not make sense until you see how each spot has underperformed or is constantly injured. We could shed 2-3 WR players easily. if we have a #2 WR on the field Rodgers does not have to have eyes on Adams only. Running game was poor in NFCC game. A #2 WR would have helped a lot.

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croatpackfan's picture

April 02, 2021 at 02:20 am

There was #1 receiver in that NFCCG - his name was MVS. What? You did not watch the game? He catches all catchable balls and was security blanket for AR. What else your #2 receiver could do?

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PhantomII's picture

April 02, 2021 at 06:09 am

MVS had as good a game as one could hope. I'm talking about a WR every game get's open immediately and is a receiving threat. MVS definitely has that potential and I wish for it but I would not put all the eggs in that basket. If we get a DT/CB rd 1-2 we will be better regardless. Like I said MVS is not on a cheap contract at all next year. If he breaks out for good, we can't afford him and Adams. That's the long term reality then we are stuck with no WR and nobody in the pipeline with a 2-3 year development window.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 02, 2021 at 11:03 am

The way MVS played in the second half of the season was encouraging. His speed is elite and he was finally shedding the drops.

ESB needs to stay healthy because I think he is perfect for MLs Offense.

And Lazard has exceeded expectations in a big way.

Pack needs a top Defense, especially up front....and focus on keeping its top rated O line on top. This will keep fans happier long term than a flashy new WR. Winning does that for fans.

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 02, 2021 at 10:21 am

"How long does it take a non 1st RD WR to start? 95% of the time 2-3 YEARS."

Adams, Jennings, Nelson, Cobb, Jones...all non 1st rounders.

I actually think the pass catchers already on the team for 2021 are an excellent group. But Tampa showed the value of a top D, especially in the front 7. The 3 interception throwing Brady did not beat the Pack...their Defense did. Clark and Z need some reinforcements.

And the OL has holes to plug and depth questions to address. Would I be surprised if Gutey took a WR in the first two days? No. But in the first round, with top talent at OL and DT on the board? That would be shocking.

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PhantomII's picture

April 03, 2021 at 06:00 pm

Years to make a receiving impact worthy of comment:
Adams: Second-third season
Jennings: Second season
Nelson: Three plus seasons
Cobb: Second season
Jones: Third season

All exceptional WR's, Jennings started off the hottest/ fastest.
A first round pick notes the WR is more ready to produce in an offense because of a more polished route running ability and can get on the field faster in an NFL system. Usually have shown more earlier on their specific team and usually have a higher ceiling. Packers have drafted a lot of fine WR's, but it takes a few years for them to come into their own. It's the time it takes is what I'm talking about, not the skills the WR ends up having. We need players at all levels to contribute at a high level ASAP. Rodgers is not getting any younger.

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Droski's picture

April 02, 2021 at 12:32 am

For one I don't see the Packers drafting a receiver in round one, there's too many glaring needs at other positions. Possibly in round 2 or after I can definitely see that happening and I would be fine with that, especially if we could snatch up Amari Rodgers in the 2nd or even Demetric Felton in the 4th. Two, I disagree about Lazard and MVS being at their peak or near, you could possibly argue that for Lazard but at the same time you can't deny that his core muscle injury definitely slowed him down. Lazard was one of the most productive receivers in the league before his injury, and he was the go to guy against the saints when adams was out, and he had a huge game. Even after his injury he still had big moments on clutch 3rd downs here and there, plus he was huge in the divisional round against the rams, sealed the game too. That's a whole lot more than what Tonyan did in 2019 (who had a breakout 2020) after he suffered the same injury, Tonyan was a factor in the passing game beforehand but after the injury he was basically a ghost. That should speak volumes for Lazard and his ability, and he's still just 25 so I believe he can definitely still improve. And MVS (like I said in a previous post) was overall inconsistent but still made huge improvements in 2020, he can still continue to improve himself as well. His biggest problems are focus drops and needing to expand his route tree, both of which can still be fixed with experience and coaching, if MVS can correct those shortcomings then he'll be a damn good #2.

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linajane's picture

April 02, 2021 at 05:00 am

Nice

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Toddy's picture

April 02, 2021 at 05:41 am

Great!

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oceanstrength's picture

April 02, 2021 at 06:57 am

I'm so sick of talking about WR's for Rodgers. You dont seem to understand that Rodgers career was looking seriously washed up until he got a new coach and a new system...but no new receivers. Unless, (and this is my point), you forget that Jamal Williams, Aaron Jones, Robert Tonyan, Mercedes Lewis and a slew of bit players ARE 'receivers', and a huge part of a system geared perfectly for Rodgers intelligence, player movement, misdirection, interchangeability and a running game.
Fact is, Rodgers doesn't need another wide receiver. Even though Rodgers is great and deserved the MVP, he hasn't been great for a while and it wasn't for lack of WR's.
Now that we have that settled, give him a running game, Funchess and Deguara back, and a top five Defense (read draft a MLB in first round) and you have another opportunity in the conference championship game. And be honest, that is all anybody can ask for. Apparently you cant even ask for the health of your best OT, or for your second best player not to fumble.

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Nate-1980's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:21 am

Rodgers was washed up, what are you smoking? Seriously ? Please explain how he was wash up, I’d love to hear this nonsense..

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dobber's picture

April 06, 2021 at 07:25 am

"Even though Rodgers is great and deserved the MVP, he hasn't been great for a while and it wasn't for lack of WR's."

I need a road map through this comment.

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CheesyJord's picture

April 02, 2021 at 06:58 am

This game was awesome. Drinks all over the place.

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Handsback's picture

April 02, 2021 at 08:19 am

Let’s see...Toney has drop issues and Moore is 5-7 not 5-9. I know WRs are important, but at least look at some that don’t have any problems catching the ball and enough size to take a beating.

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fastmoving's picture

April 02, 2021 at 10:36 am

For me MVS and Brown are nowhere near there ceiling and the Packers dont need any other WR. At least not this year. They a great unit with even more upside. And its about 90 percent if AR has a good season anyway. There is just one ball going around and his job is to make everyone a little better.
But if some are willing to give AR and his blind side shield 70 Million a year and his favorite target another 15 Million or something, good luck. So you spend already half of the SC to make your QB directly happy. And another 30-40 on the running game, "weapons", TEs and protection? How much is left for the other 40 guys if D wins champion chips or at least is a big part of it as well.
And of course have drafted WR seldom make a instant impact. And even more so with AR and the "trust" issue. Other than that you can also argue he forces the ball too often to "his" favorit guys (Nelson, Adams) not because off other open targets but he just plays this way.

We have more speed, size, smarts and route running skills than most other teams .....

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LambeauPlain's picture

April 02, 2021 at 10:47 am

I believe ML and Gutey have a very good relationship and communication. Perhaps what ML wants in a WR on the field with the all pro Adams is a skilled ball catcher who doesn't drop #12's accurate throws and BLOCKS to help power the run game.

Lazard fits this and is graded a one of the best blocking WRs in the NFL... and ESB can be, if he finally stays healthy.

ESB was downfield, throwing blocks on many of AJ's highlight reel runs two years ago. ESB was also showing flashes from the slot. Big and fast...slot is ideal for him as it also plays to his blocking. I think he is a diamond in the rough, he just has to stay healthy.

And MVS stepped up last year, especially in the second half. I see no reason why he doesn't continue to climb.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 02, 2021 at 11:58 am

Completely agree!

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April 06, 2021 at 05:45 am

In a passing league our gm wants to rid of the best qb in the league and not give him the weapons he needs.. It’s baffling the decisions this man makes, and everyone except packer fans that think he can do no wrong see it.. Rodgers fans that aren’t packers fans don’t understand it, and neither do I..Rodgers has carried this team into the playoffs every year, year after year.. Yeah we had the number one offense, you know why ????? Because of Rodgers, imagine what he could really do with a legitimate number 2 receiver, he’d be unstoppable.. But Gute will just send a bunch of late round bums at the position and pray and hope something comes out of it.. He’s not a good gm, and when he ruins this team by getting rid of him, the dark years will follow, yeah he’ll get fired for it, but the damage will already be done, downvote away..:)

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