Packers 2018 Draft: 3 wide receivers Green Bay could target

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Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Arguably the best wide receiver in the entire draft class, GM Brian Gutekunst might have no choice but to select Calvin Ridley if the playmaker is somehow still available at No. 14. While the Packers typically went defense first with Ted Thompson as general manager, and one could argue the same should be true this year, Ridley could give the Packers a rare opportunity to land a premier pass catcher inside the top-15 of the draft.

Ridley’s route-running stands out, and paired with a two-time MVP quarterback he could become a difference-maker in the Packers’ offense.

Lombardi Ave’s Joe D’Aloisio recently spoke to Rick Serritella of NFL Draft Bible, who had high praise for the projected first-round pick.

“His precise route-running allows him to create great leverage and separation,” Serritella said. “Ridley is also a threat after the catch and has an extra turbo boost gear, which makes him a tough matchup for any opponent.”

Now imagine Ridley teaming up with Davante Adams as the Packers’ top two pass catchers. They could form one of the league’s best receiving duos. With Aaron Rodgers throwing them the football, it could become almost unfair for opposing defenses.

Many will argue the Packers should use the 14th overall pick on a cornerback or edge rusher, and they probably will. But if Ridley is still there and Gutekunst selects him, this particular Packers fan won’t be complaining.