9. Draft a wide receiver
On paper, the Packers have depth at wide receiver. Nelson’s return will give the offense a spark and the domino effect will elevate his teammates’ performances. But despite having a number of options at the position, there are a number of question marks.
For Nelson, he’ll be a 31-year-old wide receiver coming off the back of a significant knee injury. This can’t be taken lightly. He’s expected to make a full recovery, but what if Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target is forced to the sidelines again? The Packers weren’t prepared for this in 2015.
Davante Adams has the potential to become a star, but his performances in 2015 gave no evidence to suggest he’s on his way. Jeff Janis and Jared Abbrederis are talented young players with plenty of upside, but they are both raw with a lot to learn. Janis has the physical attributes, but route running and chemistry with the quarterback are two glaring weaknesses in his game currently that must be improved.
The Packers would absolutely benefit from adding another talent into the mix. This isn’t to say it has to be with the 27th overall pick (although they should grab Corey Coleman if he drops), but adding another playmaker at wideout, preferably with speed, would go a long way to fixing the offensive issues.
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