Packers double-down at wide receiver in 2021 mock draft

DeVonta Smith (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

A 2021 mock draft sees the Packers double-down at wide receiver.

At some point, the Green Bay Packers are going to need to make some big changes at wide receiver.

Surprisingly, it didn’t happen this past offseason. The Packers do have Davante Adams, who is one of the best pass-catchers in the NFL, but there is a lot of uncertainty at the position behind Adams on the depth chart.

If there are similar offensive problems for the Packers this year as we saw in 2019, they’ll have no choice but to address the receiver position in next year’s draft.

Packers land two receivers in opening two rounds of mock draft

Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks has published his latest two-round mock draft for 2021, and Aaron Rodgers will enjoy this one.

The Packers have avoided the wide receiver position in the opening two rounds of the draft since selecting Davante Adams in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Not any longer. Bedinger has Green Bay going with not one, but two wide receivers with its top two picks.

The first pick would be particularly exciting, with Green Bay drafting Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith.

In an Alabama offense featuring 2020 first-round picks Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, it was Smith who led the team in receiving last year, catching 68 passes for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. Smith could be a star receiver in the NFL and would be an exciting addition to Matt LaFleur’s offense.

But that’s not all. With the 53rd overall pick, Green Bay selects USC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, brother of current Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. Last season, Amon-Ra St. Brown caught 77 passes for 1,042 yards and six touchdowns.

This mock draft would fix the team’s need at receiver. Imagine Rodgers throwing to Adams, Smith, St. Brown, St. Brown, and Allen Lazard in 2021. Sounds good to me.