NFL Draft day is here! The day all NFL fans have been waiting for all off-season is upon us. With this being said, Green Bay has specific priorities going into the Draft. Wide receiver being atop the list of needs for the 2022 NFL season. Ryan Wilson of NFL Network predicts that Green Bay get aggressive and goes after pick #13.
This trade has Green Bay keeping pick #22, however trading away picks #28, #59, and a 2023 third round pick. With this trade Green Bay picks WR Jameson Williams from Alabama and EDGE George Karlaftis from Purdue. Green Bay giving up the second round pick they received from Las Vegas for Davante Adams while maintaining two first round picks seems like a pretty sweet deal.
WR Jameson Williams (Alabama):
Jameson Williams played his first two seasons at Ohio State University. He was not used much and totaled just 15 receptions for 266 yards and three touchdowns in those two years. After transferring to Alabama, though, Williams exploded onto the scene as one of the best, if not THE best, wide receiver in college football.
In his lone season at Alabama, Williams had 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Williams tore his ACL in the National Championship. He may not be ready to start the NFL season. However, his rehab seems to be ahead of schedule and is still widely regarded as the best WR in this year’s draft. Either way he has the potential to be a star in this league for years to come.
EDGE George Karlaftis (Purdue):
Karlaftis burst on the scene his first year at Purdue in 2019. He racked up 7½ sacks among 17 tackles for loss in 12 games and became a focal point for any game plan against the Boilermakers. Statistically, he didn’t match that production beyond that breakout year. He missed significant time due to injury and COVID-19 in 2020. Karlaftis then recorded 4½ sacks among 10 TFLs this past season.
The attention he commanded has him squarely in the first-round conversation amongst edge rushers in this draft, and in the top half of the round for many. Even more attractive is just how much more room for growth there is in his game. Karlaftis didn’t even play football until the eighth grade. A standout water polo player in his youth, Karlaftis took quickly to football in a football town. His his size and speed served him well from the start. The only question is how far his relentlessness and upside will take him.
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