Round 5: Trevor Davis, WR
For a team that struggled mightily at the wide receiver position in 2015, Green Bay has a surprising number of guys here who are all worthy of a roster spot.
Jordy Nelson is a top-5 receiver when healthy, Randall Cobb is a menace in the slot (when he isn’t the offense’s focal point, like he was in Nelson’s 2015 absence), Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery are high picks with potential. Jared Abbrederis can make plays in the slot when healthy and Jeff Janis has shown major flashes of speed when he could get on the field.
The group, while deep and talented, does have some deficiencies though; most of all, speed. It was talked up practically every week (especially after the 6-0 start was broken) that this group was the slowest of the NFL’s 32 units at that spot (though that number was based solely off 40 times, which doesn’t tell the whole story). They’ll automatically be better this year with Nelson’s return, but adding a new guy with some burners for feet was something worth looking to add in the draft.
Davis doesn’t have the statistics of the players drafted higher than him, but his speed is eye-catching; he had a 4.42 40-time at the combine, and the Packers said he was even faster (4.3-range) by their unofficial times.
He can use that speed as a receiver, but his best value at first likely lies in his return abilities. He gobbled up yardage on kickoffs and punts (as well as scoring two TDs in his one year playing for Cal) in his college career, and if he makes the roster it will certainly will have something to do with his blazing skills here.
He’ll have a ton of competition to grab a spot (Nelson and Cobb are roster locks), but his explosive ability will be hard to let go of. His immense room for further growth makes it likely he’ll be given every chance to force his way onto the final 53.
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