The amount of wide receivers that moved in the first round was nothing short of intense. Here is a synopsis: WR Drake London (drafted ATL), WR Garrett Wilson (drafted NYJ), WR Chris Olave (drafted NO), WR Jameson Williams (drafted DET), WR Marquise Brown (traded AZ), WR Jahan Dotson (drafted WAS), WR AJ Brown (traded PHI), WR Treylon Burks (drafted TEN). Due to the amount of trades and wide receivers selected early on, the Packers bolstered their defense. LB Quay Walker and DT Devonte Wyatt from Georgia may very well establish ZERO holes on the Green Bay Packers’ defense.
The Packers still have a need for wide receiver, however. These three guys can still make impacts on Green Bay’s offense this year:
WR George Pickens, Georgia
George Pickens looks like a first-round talent that fell into Day 2, a sweet spot for the Packers at receiver. Per Jeremy Fowler, some teams “have concerns” about off-the-field stuff. Without it, Pickens would have been a prime target for teams in the mid to late first round. Along with the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals have done work on Pickens during the pre-draft process. The Packers brought him to Green Bay for a Top 30 Visit.
A prototypical “X” receiver with 4.4 speed, toughness and ball skills, Pickens would check a lot of boxes for the Packers. The Packers could move up from No. 53 overall in the second round to snag him on Friday.
WR Christian Watson, North Dakota State
The Green Bay Packers love the Relative Athletic Score (RAS) when it comes to drafting players. Rashan Gary is a perfect example. He didn’t produce right away, but his physical attributes is what made Green Bay draft him so high. Christian Watson is the same way:
In case you didn’t know, a 9.98 is .02 away from a perfect RAS. The Packers HAVE to have Watson on their radar. It just depends on how highly they grade him. Do they trade up in the second round for him? Do they think he falls to 53? Watson redshirted as a freshman in 2017 and caught nine passes in 2018. Mentored by former Packers receiver Darrius Shepherd, Watson had a breakout sophomore season with 34 receptions for 732 yards and six touchdowns. In 2020, he was a first-team all-conference pick at receiver and a first-team All-American kickoff returner with his two touchdowns. In 2021, he was an All-American as a receiver (43 receptions for 801 yards and seven touchdowns) and all-purpose player (1,142 total yards; 16.8 yards per touch).
WR Alec Pierce, Cincinatti
Alec Pierce was a three-year started at Cincinnati. In 2019, his sophomore year, he had 37 receptions for 652 and two touchdowns. This was good for an average of 17.6 yards per reception. The next year, 2020, Pierce played in just six games due to a knee injury. He was productive upon his return, however, logging 17 receptions for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Pierce averaged 18.5 yards per reception that season. Last year, 2021, Pierce remained healthy all season and put up his best numbers. As a senior, Pierce had 52 receptions for 884 yards and eight touchdowns. This was good for 17 yards per reception.
Alec Pierce is six foot three and weighs 213 pounds. For comparison, Jordy Nelson was six foot three and weighed 217 pounds. That is not where the comparisons stop, though. Pierce is a physical receiver who has terrific hands. He rarely drops passes and can go up and get 50/50 throws. Additionally, Pierce is an above-average route runner. While he has decent speed, he uses his route running to fool defenders. He is decisive and can adjust his body in the air for complicated catches. He is a very smart football player, and was flagged for a penalty just once in college.
Green Bay may trade up for one of these wide receivers, or hope they fall to them. Either way WR has to be a priority in the second round or Packers fans may riot in the street of Green Bay.
For More Wisconsin Sports News…
Follow me on Twitter at @mcquadewarnold and follow us @WiSportsHeroics for more great content. To read more of our articles and keep up to date on the latest in Wisconsin sports, click here! Also, check out our merch store for some amazing WSH merchandise!