The Green Bay Packers are widely expected to be taking a wide receiver early in this year’s draft. Particularly, Matt LaFleur has said he wants more speed in the wide receiver room. This is due to the Packers losing Marquez Valdes-Scantling to free agency. Valdes-Scantling signed a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, the Packers’ best wide receiver, and the best wideout in the NFL, Davante Adams, was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders per his request. This is not the first time the Packers have seen such a massive turnover in wide receiver talent. While many expect the Packers to take a wide receiver early, a prospect who is expected to go in the middle rounds, may be one of their best options.
Tyquan Thornton at Baylor
Tyquan Thornton played four seasons at Baylor. His best season was, by far and away, his senior year. This past season, Thornton had 62 receptions for 948 yards and 10 touchdowns. Over the course of his career at Baylor, Thornton averaged 15.7 yards per reception.
Thornton’s Speed Is Getting Him Noticed
Tyquan Thornton is not a top wide receiver prospect. In fact, he is not getting much love from The Draft Network or ESPN. TDN has him ranked as the 170th overall prospect and 22nd best wide receiver. ESPN has him ranked number 308 prospect and 40th best wide receiver.
That is not stopping the Packers, and many other NFL teams, from wining and dining Tyquan Thornton. His 4.28 40-yard dash at the combine turned many heads. In addition to the Packers, Thornton has already interviewed with the Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and San Francisco 49ers.
How Would Tyquan Thornton Fit in Green Bay?
Obviously, the main draw to Tyquan Thornton is his speed. He would automatically be the replacement for Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Additionally, he is a scrappy and willing blocker, something that Matt LaFleur values highly in a wide receiver.
The main draw against him is that he has a slim frame, and needs to add some muscle to be completely ready for the NFL. However, with such a hole at wide receiver, the Packers may take him as their second wide receiver in the middle rounds.
Right after they take care of that safety problem.
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