Packers: 5 bold predictions for the 2019 NFL Draft
By Brady Busha
4. The Packers will draft a receiver in the first round
This Thursday, the speculation and drama about which big names go where will come to an end, and then the speculation about where everybody fits in will begin. Something the Packers need is a wide receiver.
No, I’m not forgetting about the three young, talented receivers going into their second year in the NFL. But there are a lot of potentially game-changing receivers in the 2019 draft class, and the Packers new offense may benefit from a shifty, speedy receiver like Parris Campbell (Ohio State) or Marquise Brown (Oklahoma).
Losing Randall Cobb to Dallas by way of free agency means losing an ideally sized slot wide receiver. Getting one right back at the #30 pick would go a long way towards helping Nathaniel Hackett and Matt LaFleur design and call the offense they want to put on the field.
Doing so will put pressure on all of the other receivers that may be perceived as “on the bubble” to perform at a high level. If they do not, they’ll be on the fast track out of Green Bay. Competition breeds excellence on the football field, and while the receiver room may already be a bit crowded, why wouldn’t you take a potential field-tilting talent like Campbell or Brown if you have the chance?
There is one receiver though, a certain D.K. Metcalf, who blew up the combine with staggering numbers, that may not be available at #30. Or #12, for that matter. How could the Packers find their way to drafting him?