The Green Bay Packers have a bright future at the wide receiver position. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs both had incredible seasons in 2022. Allen Lazard recently signed with the New York Jets, Randall Cobb is unlikely to be back, and Robert Tonyan signed with the Chicago Bears. With all of that being said, the Green Bay Packers are certainly looking to add to their weapons on offense.
Green Bay Packers Projected To Trade For Jaxon Smith-Njigba In 2023 Draft
According to Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report:
Tennessee Titans Receive: No. 15 overall, No. 78 overall (third round)
Green Bay Packers Receive: No. 11 overall (WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba)
The team that has avoided drafting wide receivers in the first round for over 20 years deciding to trade up for one would qualify as a big splash. The gesture wouldn’t be lost on Aaron Rodgers on the way out either.
The Packers had a glaring need at wide receiver last season but traded up to get Christian Watson in the second round rather than addressing it in the first.
In this scenario, the opportunity to add Jaxon Smith-Njigba is too good to pass up or miss out on. JSN has had an incredibly productive career at Ohio State. He also fits in well with Watson and Doubs. While they both do their best work as deep threats on the outside, Smith-Njigba is a nasty route-runner with the ability to be elite in the slot.
The problem is that the Texans at 12 and Patriots at 14 both stand as potential Smith-Njigba teams that make sense. Rather than wait around and miss out on the talented pass-catcher, the Packers could give the Titans a call.
They are in the middle of a teardown after releasing several veterans this offseason. The ability to add an extra Day 2 pick here should be appealing to them as they move back just four spots.
Green Bay Packers fans certainly wouldn’t be too upset about giving up their third-round pick. The Packers haven’t had much luck in that round in recent memory, and if it meant getting a receiver like Jaxon Smith-Njigba, many fans would be extremely happy. Leap frogging a few wide receiver needy teams would be a smart move as well.
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This makes zero sense whatsoever. If he was available at 15 Green Bay should NOT select this player. Its not if but when his hamstring gives out again. And the clock on hammys is always longer than the last one… Minimum 1 season