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Would Green Bay Packers take WR in first round?



At least one NFL Mock Draft has the Green Bay Packers selecting a player at a position other than safety, linebacker or defensive line. Yes, this particular mock has the Packers taking a wide receiver with their pick at #21.

As a matter of fact, this particular mock has seven wide receivers being taken in the first round – that’s what Todd McShay is projecting with his most recent mock (subscriber access).


Yes, seven.

As we inch closer to the NFL Draft May 8, mocks are really beginning to morph from the pre-Jadaveon Clowney-as-the-first-overall-pick days. Quarterbacks have come and gone as the most popular position and have moved over for the most recent trend – a whole bunch of wide receivers in the first round.

And you really can’t argue with the notion. It’s a pass-first league and will continue to be so. The Packers – even with its burgeoning run game – is still a pass-centric team. Any time Aaron Rodgers hits the field, there are going to be balls being flung all over the yard.

So maybe the high value being attributed to wide receivers is spot on.

Maybe not.

When you consider the Packers, Ted Thompson has never taken a wide receiver in the first round and we don’t expect him to do so this time around. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Greg Jennings were second-rounders; James Jones was a third-rounder.

McShay’s projection of Odell Beckham Jr. out of LSU going to the Packers is simply not going to happen.

Here is how Andrew Garda describes Beckham:

If he were more consistent or fought harder for the ball, Beckham would probably be higher on the list, but that, his height and lack of elite game speed drag his value down. It will be interesting to see how the acceleration and extra gears he shows on film are enough to get past faster corners in the NFL. I could see him out of the slot or maybe as the “Z” if he can show that the speed he flashed at the combine—and what he showed on tape—combine to work at the pro level.

The Packers will go after a wide receiver, but it won’t be in the first round. There are too many other positions that must be addressed – positions that will need first-round talent. With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin manning the first line, the Packers are well stocked for at least one more season.

Drafting a wide receiver is a great idea; bringing in a wide receiver or even a tight as free agents would also be good ways to address the backup receiver/special teams needs.

We know about value and how TT likes utilizing all avenues of player acquisition.

So, will the Packers draft a wide receiver in the first round? Only if they go by the name of Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans. Something tells me that they won’t get out of the top 15 picks, maybe even the top 10.

Wide receivers are needed in Green Bay and always will be as long as Mike McCarthy is the coach. But they don’t need to draft one in the first round to make it happen.


Todd McShay’s Mock Draft 4.0

Pick Team Player
Round 1
1 Texans Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 Rams Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3 Jaguars Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
4 Browns Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
5 Raiders Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6 Falcons Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7 Buccaneers Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
8 Vikings Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
9 Bills Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
10 Lions Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
11 Titans Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
12 Giants Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
13 Rams C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
14 Bears Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
15 Steelers Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
16 Cowboys Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
17 Ravens Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
18 Jets Brandin Cooks, WR, Oklahoma State
19 Dolphins Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
20 Cardinals Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
21 Packers Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
22 Eagles Marqise Lee, WR, USC
23 Chiefs Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
24 Bengals Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
25 Chargers Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
26 Browns Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
27 Saints Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
28 Panthers Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
29 Patriots Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
30 49ers Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
31 Broncos Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
32 Seahawks Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
Round 2
33 Texans Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
34 Redskins Cyrus Kouandijio, OT, Alabama
35 Browns Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
36 Raiders Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
37 Falcons Dee Ford, DE/OLB, auburn
38 Buccaneers Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
39 Jaguars Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
40 Vikings Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
41 Bills Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
42 Titans Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
43 Giants Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
44 Rams Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
45 Lions Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
46 Steelers Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
47 Cowboys Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech
48 Ravens Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
49 Jets Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
50 Dolphins Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
51 Bears Keith McGill, CB, Utah
52 Cardinals Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State
53 Packers Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
54 Eagles Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
55 Bengals Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
56 49ers Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
57 Chargers Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
58 Saints Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
59 Colts Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
60 Panthers Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
61 49ers Marcus Martin, C, USC
62 Patriots Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
63 Broncos Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
64 Seahawks Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Best Available
1 Bishop Sankley, RB, Washington
2 Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
3 Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
4 AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
5 Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

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