The Packers biggest need this offseason is obviously receiver. While there are plenty of options at receiver and Dan Edwards likes jaivon heiligh and skyy moore we’ve got a few prospects that you might want to get familiar with. Even with Sammy Watkins signing, the Packers should look to add one of these guys.
Round 1 Chris Olave Ohio State 6’1” 187 RAS 8.69 View Highlights
2021 stats 65 receptions, 936 yards, 13 touchdowns, 14.4 yards per reception
Strengths: Olave is a smooth mover who never looks like he’s working hard. The game is fluid to him and he glides on the grass. He is a solid route runner who would consistently beat DBs at the top of the route. Has flexibility in his hips to run any route.
Weaknesses: He can struggle to win 50/50 balls. He isnt an imposing guy, will beat you with finesse not strength. He isn’t much of a blocker, he is willing but will need to work on that at the next level. Has a tough time finding zone pockets.
Round 2-3 George Pickens Georgia 6’3” 201 RAS 9.37 View Highlights
2021 stats 5 receptions 107 yards, 21.4 yards per reception
Strengths: The most polished and legit outside receiver. Pickens is a true outside guy that can win nearly every route. Doesn’t panic at the line of scrimmage when defenders get into him. He can counter and still get open. Made an impact at all 3 levels of the field.
Weaknesses: Coming off an ACL injury where he didn’t play much. Has to prove he is the player he was in 2020. Will need to improve effort when blocking at the next level.
Round 2-3 Alec Pierce Cincinnati 6’3” 213 RAS 9.82 View Highlights
2021 stats 52 receptions, 884 yards, 8 touchdowns, 17 yards per reception
Strengths: Pierce is a big body, deep field threat. His large frame helps him with 50/50 balls and he can win vertically early in his career. Has a clean release at the line of scrimmage. On second reaction plays, he doesn’t give up and works to find an opening.
Weaknesses: Pierce can lack lateral movement at times and hasn’t developed a full route tree. Can play on the outside but probably doesn’t win at all 3 levels consistently. He doesn’t have that elite change of direction.
Round 4-7 Tyquan Thornton Baylor 6’2 181 RAS 8.56 View Highlights
2021 stats 62 receptions, 948 yards, 10 touchdowns, 15.3 yards per reception
Strengths: Long athlete that can easily win with speed. Has a solid release package for an outside receiver. Makes consistent effort on 50/50 balls and has the length to come down with them. Solid hip flexibility and agility to develop into a complete route runner.
Weaknesses: He hasn’t shown a complete route tree yet, mostly deep stuff. When he is pressed and defenders get hands on him he is ineffective. He needs to work on technique at the next level.
Round 4-7 Khalil Shakir Boise State 6’2” 196 RAS 8.32 View Highlights
2021 stats 77 receptions, 1117 yards, 7 touchdowns, 14.5 yards per reception
Strengths: Shakir has solid hands and he looks natural catching the ball and brining it into his body. He high points the ball well to not allow defenders a chance to get to it. Has a solid route tree for the next level.
Weaknesses: Has a solid route tree but isnt incredible at any part of the route tree, okay at all routes, great at none. Struggles with press coverage in college and will need to learn how to get off the line when pressed. Would have liked to have seen more after the catch from Shakir.
Round 4-7 Bo Melton Rutgers 5’11”189 RAS 9.24 View Highlights
2021 stats 55 receptions, 618 yards, 3 touchdowns, 11.2 yards per reception
Strengths: Natural instincts and very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Gadget player that can be moved all around an offense. Has ability in the return game and could be a return weapon for a team.
Weaknesses: He isn’t the most dynamic route runner, would like to see more change of direction and sharper movements. Hasn’t played much against press and will need to show he can win against it being a smaller receiver.
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