The Green Bay Packers have been notorious for trading up in the first round under Brian Gutekunst. The Packers also have a major need for wide receiver going into the 2022 season. Is it possible that Green Bay addresses both in the first round of this year’s draft? Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicts that Green Bay does exactly that:
Green Bay Packers receive:
- Wide Receiver N’Keal Harry
- 2022 Draft Pick #21 (first round)
- 2022 Draft Pick #85 (third round)
New England Patriots receive:
- 2022 Draft Pick #28 (first round)
- 2022 Draft Pick #59 (second round)
On April 18th, the Patriots began their off-season program with several of their highest-profile players in attendance. A notable name not included on the list of participants? Wide receiver N’Keal Harry. On top of that last season N’keal Harry’s agent requested a trade due to wanting to play more. Harry finished the season with the team despite the failed trade request.
Would N’keal Harry be worth it?
Green Bay would essentially be giving up a second round pick for the former first round pick. They would also be moving up 7 spots in the first round of the 2022 draft.
Harry’s stats aren’t exactly something to write home about. He has 57 receptions, 598 yards, and 4 touchdowns in three years. However at 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Harry’s size and strength could make him an effective weapon in short yardage situations, in both receiver and tight-end packages. At his best, Harry has the frame to work as both a red zone and perimeter target, moving between the X- and Z-receiver roles, which allows him to make athletic and contested catches when needed. Harry is also able to contribute on special teams, primarily as a punt returner.
If Matt Lafleur and Brian Gutekunst feels as though they could maximize Harry’s ability for a third round pick, it may be something to consider. Who knows, maybe they could get Harry for a later round pick.