Packers three-round mock draft: Wide receiver in first round

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Round 1 (30): Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

At No. 30, inside linebackers Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray were already off the board. Queen went at No. 24 to the New Orleans Saints, Murray at No. 28 to the Baltimore Ravens. While disappointing to miss out on two of the best linebackers in the class, it did help push more wide receiver talent down the board.

Going offensive tackle was in consideration here, but in the end, it was a choice between Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins. Both players would be great options in the first round, but Jefferson just gets the edge.

Jefferson has great hands and is an excellent route runner. Last season, he caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. He’s one of the best receivers in a deep class. Defenses would have a tough time covering both Jefferson and Davante Adams. Adams out wide and Jefferson in the slot? Sounds good to me.

Jefferson is also a big-play threat. According to Pro Football Focus, he had a combined 63 receptions of 15 or more yards between 2018 and 2019, which ranks second in the draft class behind Jerry Jeudy, who had 64.

Jefferson has sky-high potential in the NFL. In his rookie season, he could be the perfect complement to Adams and an excellent number two receiver for the Packers.