The Green Bay Packers are paying particular attention to a tight end
The Green Bay Packers are doing about as much due diligence as possible before they can possibly add an offensive weapon this offseason for new starting quarterback Jordan Love. Both starting tight ends from last season aren’t with the team a couple of weeks away from the draft. The Packers saw tight end Robert Tonyan leave for the Chicago Bears in free agency. Marcedes Lewis is still a free agent.
The Packers are setting their sights on landing a tight end in the draft. According to Bill Huber with Sports Illustrated, they’re focusing on Cincinnati tight end Josh Whyle. Huber wrote that it’s “noteworthy” the Packers have met with Whyle at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine, and now have a pre-draft visit:
“it’s noteworthy when a team talks to a player at the Senior Bowl, uses one of its 45 Scouting Combine interviews on that player and then brings him in for one of the 30 allowed predraft visits.
But that’s the case with Cincinnati’s Josh Whyle. One of the more underrated players in a strong group of tight end prospects,”
Huber thinks Whyle would fit as a day-two pick for the Packers.
Whyle’s credentials in college
Whyle earned First-Team All-AAC honors for his play in the 2022 season. He made Bruce Feldman’s Freaks List for 2022. Whyle caught 88 passes for 1,062 yards and 15 touchdowns during his five years with Cincinnati.
Lance Zierein wrote in his draft profile for the six-foot-six 1/2, 248-pound tight end that Whyle can create a “mismatch” for defenders:
“Smooth, athletic pass-catcher with the competitiveness to battle for playing time in the league. Whyle is an average route runner who is forced to tap the brakes when facing physical coverage, but he has the tools to uncover as a pro. He possesses the jump-ball prowess to mismatch defensive backs near the goal line and can be a nice safety blanket on pitch-and-catch throws underneath.
He needs to keep adding play strength to match the rigors of the position and is better suited as a move blocker than tenacious in-line blocker near the line of scrimmage. Whyle appears to be a middle-round prospect for teams seeking an F tight end or H-back with starting upside.”
Whyle seems like the type of player that could have a high ceiling for the Packers.
There are lots of options at tight end
Fortunately for the Packers, they have plenty of options if they want to take a tight end in the first round. However, the roster has several positions that need to be addressed. Having a talented tight end on the second day to choose from could keep them from being able to take the best player on their draft board at 15. They could find an elite cornerback or pass rusher with that pick. And whoever they take must make an instant impact on the team.
Here are highlights of Josh Whyle at Cincinnati:
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We need a tight end that is immediately ready to play. This guy is clearly a project. The tight end position is perhaps the biggest transition from college to the NFL and the Packers do not have the luxury of time nor depth of the position to wait for someone like him to develop.