Packers 2020 three-round mock draft: Wide receiver with first pick

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LSU Tigers, Justin Jefferson
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Round 3, Pick 91: Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Brian Gutekunst has shown he’s willing to double down at a position of need. He did so in free agency by signing Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith this past offseason, and he addressed edge rusher again in the first round by selecting Rashan Gary. Gutekunst also used his top two picks in 2018 on cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, addressing the Packers’ biggest need at the time.

In such a deep class at wide receiver, Gutekunst may look to take advantage by picking two pass catchers in the opening few rounds. It’s about time the offense became the focus of the first two days of the draft, and the Packers could revamp their wide receiver corps early on.

After selecting Higgins in the first round, the Packers use their third-round pick on Justin Jefferson out of LSU. Jefferson is having an impressive season. In 13 games, he’s caught 81 passes for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per catch.

The Packers’ top three receivers would be Adams, Higgins and Jefferson. Lazard would be an excellent, reliable fourth option, and Valdes-Scantling could still develop into a more consistent part of the offense. His speed already makes him a deep threat in LaFleur’s offense.

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It’s a good draft to need a receiver and the Packers should make the position a priority in the early rounds.