The Green Bay Packers have options on day three of the draft
This could be the draft the Green Bay Packers finally take a pass catcher in the first round for the first time in over two decades. The Packers need tight end(S) and wide receiver(S) (plural needs to be emphasized) to be found in the draft and free agency this offseason. The Packers are predicted to land a star tight end in the first round, but one insider has a target the Packers could take on day three of the draft.
The Packers have had great success on day three in recent history. They will need to keep that trend going on a rebuilding roster that needs to find several contributors during the draft at the end of the month. One of those contributors could be a Big Ten wide receiver.
Matt Schneidman with The Athletic recently wrote a piece on day three targets the Packers should go after. Schneidman wrote that Parker Washington from Penn State would be a nice pickup for a team that has limited options in free agency:
“The top free-agent receivers remaining are Kenny Golladay, Robbie Anderson, Jarvis Landry, Julio Jones and Byron Pringle, so like the free-agent quarterbacks, the receivers available don’t quite spark the senses. Even if the Packers sign a veteran wideout, they need to bolster their depth chart at the position considering Christian Watson, Doubs and Samori Toure, all entering their second year, are the only returners of any significance. Losing Cobb creates the need for a true slot receiver, a role Washington thrived in with the Nittany Lions.”
Schneidman’s colleague at The Athletic, Dane Brugler, called Washington a “Golden Tate-like” slot wide receiver option.
The Packers could use a slot receiver
Picking up a slot wide receiver in the draft could help the offense tremendously. The Packers are likely to take an “X” or “Z” receiver if they choose a veteran either in free agency or by trade. The Packers should use a draft pick to try and find someone who can take Randall Cobb’s position in the draft.
Schniedman projects Washington to be a fourth or fifth-round selection. That would be an excellent price to gamble on finding good value for a slot wide receiver if the Packers solidify the tight end position in the early rounds of the draft.
Here are highlights of Washington at Penn State:
If Pete Carroll of Seattle is concerned about drafting a defensive back #1 and is willing to give 3 for 1 and the Jets willing to give up 2-2nds for Rodgers + at least a 2nd in 2024, the Packers could pretty m7ch control the upper end of the draft board in 2023.