Packers: Five wide receivers they should consider this offseason

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Green Bay Packers, Laviska Shenault
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Laviska Shenault

If the Packers aim to add a wide receiver in the first round of the draft, Laviska Shenault could be a perfect candidate. GM Brian Gutekunst said that he hoped to trade for an “explosive offensive player” prior to the midseason deadline. He may not have been able to make a trade happen during the season, but Shenault could be that difference-maker for the Packers in 2020.

It doesn’t matter where Shenault is lined up, he is an explosive player who can cause nightmares for defensive coordinators. He’d give Matt LaFleur so much flexibility and creativity in his offense, able to move Shenault around to create favorable matchups.

The Packers need a receiver who can force defenders to miss tackles and make big plays after the catch. Shenault can do that. Daniel Jeremiah of ranked him 22nd in the entire draft class, and wrote that the receiver out of Colorado “excels on quick hitters, fly sweeps and vertical routes”.

Currently, Adams and Aaron Jones are the only explosive playmakers in the Packers offense who can create mismatches against opposing defenses. Shenault could immediately become a difference-maker in LaFleur’s offense.