Packers: 5 biggest needs after first wave of free agency

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davon House
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Davon House /
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DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 31: Randall Cobb
DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 31: Randall Cobb /

3. Wide receiver

Davante Adams proved he was the Packers’ best receiver last season, and Gutekunst agrees. Adams was handed a new contract last year while Ted Thompson was still GM, but Gutekunst’s decision to release Jordy Nelson tells you all you need to know.

The Packers have talent at wide receiver with Adams and Randall Cobb. Jimmy Graham might as well be listed as a receiver, too. But what the team needs is a deep threat. This is something the offense has lacked since Nelson was in his prime. He got open deep downfield consistently throughout the 2014 season.

Green Bay missed out on the two top free agents at the position, Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins. Both pass catchers were handed mega-money deals. The free agency pool is thin, and the Packers should turn to the draft. They have a good track record of picking receivers, and it’s also a lot cheaper than signing a veteran.

There will be a number of options on the second day of the draft. One who could slip under the radar is Deon Cain. Cain has good size (6-foot-2) and speed (4.43-second 40-yard dash) and the ability to get open deep.

If the Packers can find an injection of speed at wide receiver, the offense will be in great shape. Urgency: High