NFL analyst Peter King released his last mock draft before Thursday’s event and he had a shocking development for the Green Bay Packers. The team is likely to load up on offense as that is where most of the needs are. Wide receiver and tight end are two positions that many people believe GM Brian Gutekunst will try and address during the draft. King has the Packers passing on the top wide receiver in the draft to take a tight end.
in @peter_king’s final mock draft, he has the packers bypassing jaxon smith-njigba — who lands in pittsburgh two picks later — in favor of dalton kincaid at no. 15 overall.
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Peter King Has Green Bay Packers Passing On Jaxon Smith-Njigba
In King’s mock draft, Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is on the board at number 15. However, he has the Packers prioritizing the tight end position instead and drafting Dalton Kincaid out of Utah. His reasoning is that the wide receiver position has some talent on the roster whereas the tight end position basically consists of Josiah Deguara. The argument is that Kincaid will do more for the position and Jordan Love than another wide receiver will. King has Smith-Njigba going two picks later to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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What Should The Packers Do At 15?
If it were me, I’d take Smith-Njigba at 15 if he is there rather than a tight end. Tight end is definitely a need but this class is deep. In the later rounds, Darnell Washington, Sam LaPorta, Zack Kuntz, and Tucker Kraft could all be available. The wide receiver class is not as deep so being able to get Smith-Njigba would solidify the group for years to come and the Packers could still address the tight end position later. Ultimately, I still like Kincaid and wouldn’t be furious if they got him but I personally see more value in taking the wide receiver.
Despite my feelings, Peter King knows what he is talking about when it comes to football. The Packers have long been a team that has been able to find wide receiver talent in the mid-rounds that turn into quality starters. All eyes will be on the Packers at number 15 to see if they finally prioritize the offense in the draft.
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