The Green Bay Packers lost another one-possession game on Sunday as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-19. Many assumed that it would take a while for the offense to get clicking given all the change and influx of youth over the last two seasons. That being said, the offense as a whole hasn’t impressed many fans throughout the year.
Additionally, the Christian Watson-Jordan Love connection, that many thought would be a catalyst for this offense, has also been a disappointment. During Sunday’s game, Love targeted the speedy second-year receiver seven times. Only two of them were successful, resulting in 23 yards. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Watson has caught just 42% of his passes this season, the lowest catch rate among the 126 players who have had at least 30 targets.
It is certainly too early to move on from Watson, but could the team be looking to bring in a new number one wide receiver?
The Green Bay Packers May Bring In Electric Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. In The 2024 NFL Draft
Freddie Boston of Fansided put together his “dream lineup” for the Packers in 2024. Harrison made the list:
The Packers would need a higher draft pick, but Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison would be a dream first-round selection for this offense. Pro Football Network’s Ian Cummings called Harrison “the next Calvin Johnson.” The comparisons are easy to understand. Harrison is dominant in contested-catch situations and would give Jordan Love a true WR1 with superstar potential.
Yet another year came and went where the Packers decided against taking a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft. Currently, the Packers sit at 3-6 and hold the sixth overall pick in the 2024 draft. Their next three matchups are the Chargers, Lions, and Chiefs. It is not unreasonable to think the Packers will be 3-9 after the next three games and looking at a top draft pick next year.
Would Marvin Harrison Actually Get Drafted By The Packers To Replace Christian Watson?
A majority of NFL Mock Draft Database mock drafts indicate the Packers will take an offensive tackle in the first round. Among those mock drafts of Green Bay, 32.4% pick Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt.
Olumuyiwa Fashanu and JC Laytham are also receiving a large slice of the pie.In light of the likely release of David Bakhtiari due to salary cap savings and health concerns, the Packers are in need of a replacement left tackle.
That would fit what the front office has done for years, however, if Harrison is available when the Packers are on the board it would be hard to pass up. That being said, many thought it would be hard for the Packers to pass up Jaxon Smith-Njigba last year and that’s exactly what they did. Nonetheless, the Packers continue to be trending in the direction of being able to add a super star wide receiver next year. Will they finally pull the trigger?
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