Packers 2018 Draft: 3 wide receivers Green Bay could target

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Wide receiver James Washington
TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Wide receiver James Washington /
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James Washington, Oklahoma State

Since Jordy Nelson tore his ACL, the Packers have lacked a consistent deep threat. Nelson used to routinely get open deep downfield, and this was huge in 2014 when the Packers reached the doorstep of the Super Bowl. Finding a rookie on the level of Nelson won’t be easy, but they don’t need that. What Green Bay’s offense lacks is a speedster, who at the very least keeps the defense honest.

Enter James Washington.

Washington is’s second-ranked wide receiver, and could give Mike McCarthy’s offense exactly what it needs.

Tyler Donaldson of NFL Mocks believes he will be selected either late in the first round or early in the second. Donaldson also praised Washington’s ability as a deep threat:

"“Washington’s bread and butter in college was the deep ball. A good move-set at the line of scrimmage and deceptive speed allowed him to be close to unguardable one on one and allowed him to make big plays down the field. His ability to track the ball in the air and catch in stride are excellent and well documented.”"

With Davante Adams as the No. 1, one of Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb working in the slot and Washington being used to get open deep, the Packers’ offense could hit new heights.

If the Oklahoma State pass catcher is still on the board when the Packers hit the clock in the second round, he might be too difficult to pass up.