Green Bay has a major need for wide receiver going into this draft. However this draft is deep enough at wide receiver that if one of these four WRs aren’t available, they should take best player available. Green Bay can still get outstanding value for wide receiver at #28, #53, and #59.
Drake London (USC):
If Drake London somehow falls to #22 in the draft you take him and immediately do a back flip. London is an elite athlete with elite size. His contested catch ability is through the roof. He aligns primarily on the outside but has snaps of running routes from the slot based on the play call. Having the ability to line up any where on the field is exactly what Matt Lafleur had in Davante Adams. His basketball background shows up in his play with his ability to use his length and consistently extend and snatch throws away from his body.
Overall, London’s size, athleticism and route-running ability project him as a valid Day 1 X WR for NFL teams with true mismatch potential every week of the season.
Garrett Wilson (OSU):
Garrett Wilson has all of the tools to be a splash play receiver in the NFL for years. Wilson is a dynamic receiver who has the lateral quickness and explosiveness to take any throw or handoff the distance. His foot speed and balance let him consistently miss the first defender with the ball in his hands and make him dangerous on underneath throws and screens to create yards after the catch.
Wilson’s versatility as not just a wide receiver but an offensive weapon could place him into a role that features him in the RPO game. This could mean a bubble/glance threat and a jet motion option to get him leverage to the perimeter quickly.
Jameson Williams (Alabama)
Jameson might only play half the 2022 NFL season. He tore his ACL in the 2022 College Football National Championship game. Yet he has the tools to still be an absolute star in this league for years and is for sure a no brainer at #22. In his first and potentially only season with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Williams has legitimately lit up the college stage. He’s was one of the most productive pass catchers in the country. He consistently showed off rare upside while flipping fields week in and week out.
Williams is uncommonly explosive out of his stance, and he has legitimate game-breaking speed in space. His long, energetic strides are absurdly efficient, and he can gain separation with his elite acceleration alone. Williams is very dangerous when schemed into space, but he also has the skill set to create space on his own.
Chris Olave (OSU)
Chris Olave is far and away the most polished route runner of this years’ draft. “He’s always right where he needs to be, when he needs to be there” one scout said. More impressive than his overall speed is his burst. Olave demonstrates a stellar ability to blast past defensive backs at the line of scrimmage.
Using a combination of his explosion, play speed, and incredible fluidity of movement, Olave creates separation. His footwork at the line of scrimmage is impressive, allowing him to gain an immediate advantage, which he solidifies with extraordinary route-running prowess.
Any one of these guys are #22 overall worthy. Green Bay should feel great if just one falls to them. It is possible that the Packers would have to trade up to get anyone of these guys, especially if they are high on them. Brian Gutekunst has a history of trading up in the first round so I wouldn’t be surprised.
If all of these guys are gone at #22, I wouldn’t be surprised if Green Bay takes an offensive lineman, EDGE, or safety.
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