NFL Draft: Q&A with Draft Guru Tony Pauline

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Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (4) rushes with the football after catching a pass. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Q. This is a pretty deep receiving class. I would be surprised if the Packers drafted a receiver early, so maybe tell us a few wide receivers that could be good options for the Packers on day two or three of the draft.

Pauline: There’s tons of them. You’re going to be able to get good receivers even into the fifth round, but it depends on what Green Bay wants. If they want another guy like Jordy Nelson, they could look at Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis. If you’re looking more for a slot guy you could look at Oregon’s Josh Huff. If you want a bigger guy with developmental potential, you could look at Donte Moncrief from Ole Miss.

There’ll be players there. Shaq Evans of UCLA had a good Senior Bowl and he’s a guy who could fall into the fourth round and would be great value. It’s a matter of value and what type of receiver they want.

Q. Is there any other parting wisdom you’d like to leave with us about the draft before we let you go?

Pauline: Something to keep in mind is that so much of this has got to do with putting guys in the right system. Even if you put late-rounders in the right system they should be able to produce. When you start taking guys out of their element and putting them in systems where they don’t have the skills to produce that’s when you get your busts and disappointments.

I would just like to thank Tony Pauline for taking the time to answer our questions about the draft. Check out Pauline’s great work over at, and follow him on twitter @TonyPauline for the latest draft updates and analysis.