In part two of the ‘Perfect Packers’ series, wide receivers go under the microscope to see which prospects are likely to be on Green Bay’s board ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Since Brian Gutekunst became general manager, he has drafted seven wide receivers: Christian Watson, Amari Rodgers, Romeo Doubs, J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown and Samori Toure.
In pre-draft testing, these players achieved at least the following athletic measurements (Note: There is no official testing for Doubs. St. Brown did not complete the broad jump, shuttle, or 3-cone):
- Height: 5’9.4”
- Weight: 191
- 40 time: 4.60
- 10-yard split: 1.65
- Vertical jump: 30.5”
- Broad jump: 10’
- Shuttle: 4.31
- 3-cone: 7.07
Based on this data, there are 18 prospects who will likely be on Green Bay’s radar. Let’s start with the biggest name.
The lone first rounder: Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State
Smith-Njigba is the only receiver who the Packers could be expected to draft in the first round based on their history.
After somewhat easing concerns over his long speed at his pro day and posting elite agility numbers at the combine, Smith-Njigba put up an 8.34 Relative Athletic Score (RAS) on a 0-10 scale compared to previously drafted receivers.
He has a legitimate chance of being drafted by Green Bay at pick 15, should he fall that far.
Day 2 options:
Dontayvion Wicks – Virginia
At the combine, Wicks appeared to remove himself from Green Bay’s board with an underwhelming 4.62 40-yard dash.
However, he reportedly cut this to a 4.58 at his pro day and having passed every other athletic test to make himself a potential Packer, Wicks could now very much be in play.
With an updated 40 time, Wicks has an RAS of 9.32 and could be an option for Green Bay – who hosted the former Virginia receiver on a ‘top-30’ visit – as early as the third round.
Other potential options for the Packers on day two of the draft include:
Rashee Rice – SMU (9.53 RAS)
Michael Wilson – Stanford (9.55 RAS)
Jonathan Mingo – Ole Miss (9.86 RAS)
Ronnie Bell – Michigan (8.20 RAS)
Jared Wayne – Pittsburgh
Jadon Haselwood – Arkansas
Like Wicks, both Wayne and Haselwood improved on 40 times which previously would have made them unlikely to be drafted by the Packers.
Wayne ran a slow 4.73 at the combine before a significant improvement at his pro day, where he reportedly ran a 4.53. His adjusted RAS sits at 9.66.
Haselwood ran a 4.66 at the combine before reportedly improving to between a 4.47 and 4.54 at his pro day, giving him an adjusted 8.60 RAS.
Both are options for Green Bay on day 3, where Gutekunst has been fond of drafting receivers. Other potential Packers from rounds 4-7 are:
Mitchell Tinsley – Penn State (7.41 RAS)
Bryce Ford-Wheaton – West Virginia (9.97 RAS)
Andrei Iosivas – Princeton (9.95 RAS)
Cody Chrest – Sam Houston State (9.77 RAS)
David Durden – West Florida (9.59 RAS)
Chase Cota – Oregon (9.34 RAS)
Oliver Martin – Nebraska (9.15 RAS)
David Zorrilla – Bryant (8.82 RAS)
Antoine Green – North Carolina (8.68 RAS)
Thyrick Pitts – Delaware (8.70 RAS)
Day 3 Borderline Packers
The following prospects missed the mark on the shuttle drill by between 0.01 and 0.03 seconds, meaning they are likely still in play for Green Bay based on the rest of their testing qualifying:
A.T. Perry – Wake Forest (9.62 RAS)
Matt Landers – Arkansas (9.85 RAS)
Jason Brownlee Jr. – Southern Mississippi (8.96 RAS)
Grant DuBose – Charlotte (8.79 RAS)
Grant Maag – North Dakota (8.53 RAS)
Maine’s Zavier Scott hit every threshold but there is no information on his 10-yard split. Having run a 4.49 40 though, he is likely to be under consideration for the Packers.
Sy Barnett passed every drill but weighs 190lbs. Given that this is just one pound lighter than Toure who was drafted a year ago, it’s safe to assume Barnett still has a chance of being a Packer. The former Davenport receiver posted a 9.44 RAS.
Rakim Jarrett of Maryland is big enough and performed sufficiently in all the drills he completed but did not complete the agility testing. The Packers drafted St. Brown back in 2018 despite not having any agility numbers to assess. Jarrett’s incomplete RAS is 8.41
Auburn’s Shedrick Jackson and San Jose State’s Elijah Cooks were slow on the 3-cone by 0.03 seconds. They posted a 9.26 and 8.52 RAS respectively.
A potential outlier
As with the running back position, there is a player who does not meet Green Bay’s traditional athletic profile but was brought in for a ‘top-30’ visit by the Packers.
That is Cole Tucker of Northern Illinois, who performed poorly in the broad jump and ran a 4.67 40 on his way to a 4.41 RAS.
This is part two of the ‘Perfect Packers’ series. You can read part one, which covered running backs here.