1. Not drafting a wide receiver
I still type these words in disbelief. The Packers didn’t draft a single wide receiver in 2020. Not one. It could be forgiven had it not been a particularly strong class at the position, but we’re talking about arguably the deepest group ever.
What Ted Thompson did so well early in Aaron Rodgers’ career was restocking the wide receiver corps. Even when it wasn’t a major need, they drafted a receiver early. And that strategy worked more often than not, with second-round picks such as Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, and most recently Davante Adams all becoming top targets for Rodgers.
But Thompson stopped drafting receivers in the top two rounds after Adams in 2014, and Gutekunst has also failed to do so.
What makes this year’s lack of investment at receiver all the more baffling is how much of a concern this position was last season.
Davante Adams missed four games due to injury and then took many weeks to get close to 100 percent after he returned. Yet his 2019 receiving numbers were more than double any other Packers player. He only had 467 yards fewer than all six other wide receivers on the roster combined.
The Packers swapped Geronimo Allison for Devin Funchess and will be getting Equanimeous St. Brown back from injury. Reggie Begelton will be a player to watch over the summer.
But there was a possibility of signing a player like Robby Anderson or drafting a top receiver like Tee Higgins or Denzel Mims. Instead, the receiver room stays mostly the same. And that’s a big mistake.