Round 5, Pick 138: WR Auden Tate, Florida State
Round five is the imaginary cutoff in my head where guys aren’t necessarily expected to produce or start anymore. This is where current projections go out the window and anybody can be had at almost any pick. The late rounds are so difficult to project, but I’m going to mention the late round guys I like.
Tate is a receiver with impressive size, like Chark. Where Chark excels in raw athleticism, Tate falls to the wayside. Tate is an intriguing prospect because he does very well what Chark may not. In a perfect world, both can develop into perfectly complementary receivers that take a very unique set of corners to cover. A receiver as good as Tate may not fall this far, but if he does, he needs to be a Packer.
Tate reminds me a lot of former FSU receiver Kelvin Benjamin. They’re both very large human beings with impressive physical measurements. They’re not very agile, but they make it work because of their size. Benjamin hasn’t seen the success you would expect from a former first-round pick, and that comparison may worry some, but that’s why I’m comfortable taking Tate on day three rather than day one.
Tate may not be able to burn a defender down the field, but he can go up and take the ball with authority at an incredibly high point. He’s the perfect guy to just throw it to and let him go get it because of his frame and ball skills. He’s not something the Packers have had at the position in quite some time.