Jalen Reagor could be a great first-round selection for the Green Bay Packers.
Wide receiver is the team’s No. 1 need this offseason along with inside linebacker. Reagor is one of the best receivers in a deep class, and he could make for an excellent selection at the bottom of the first round.
As Brad Weiss notes in the mock draft, adding more speed at receiver is important for the Packers, and that’s what Reagor would bring to this offense.
The Packers will almost certainly miss out on the top receivers in the draft like Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb, but given how much talent there is in this year’s class, they will still be able to find a difference-maker in the early rounds.
Green Bay hasn’t had a consistent deep threat who can run past defenders with speed since Jordy Nelson. Davante Adams is capable of getting open downfield, as he did against Richard Sherman in the NFC Championship Game, but his biggest strength isn’t his speed.
Reagor would immediately force defenses to respect his ability to get open downfield, which would create opportunities for the other receivers underneath.
But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Joe Marino of The Draft Network wrote about Reagor:
“Jalen Reagor is a dynamic football player with blazing speed and rapid acceleration that makes him a big play threat in the vertical passing game, creating after the catch and as a returner.”
That’s exactly the type of player the Packers need. Finding an “explosive offensive player” is something GM Brian Gutekunst said he aimed to find prior to the trade deadline midway through the season.
Now that the offseason is here, bringing in multiple players at the offensive skill positions should be one of the top priorities for this team.
If Reagor is there when the Packers hit the clock with the 30th overall pick in April’s draft, he would be a great choice and able to help the offense immediately.