Packers: 5 biggest 2021 draft needs based on season so far

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3. Wide receiver

Even without the addition of a wide receiver this past offseason, the Packers offense has been on fire this season. Aaron Rodgers is second in the NFL with 29 passing touchdowns, which is higher than his entire season totals in 2018 and 2019.

A big part of the offense’s success is because of Davante Adams, who is having by far a career-year and one of the all-time great seasons by a Packers wide receiver. In only eight games Adams has put up 847 yards with 10 touchdowns.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has improved in recent weeks despite his fumble against the Indianapolis Colts, and his speed has given the Packers a deep threat all year.

However, imagine the Packers had managed to draft one of the top rookie receivers. What if Gutekunst found a trade partner to get ahead of the Minnesota Vikings and drafted Justin Jefferson? What if he had drafted Chase Claypool, Tee Higgins, or Michael Pittman Jr.? Many rookie wide receivers have made impressive starts in 2020.

The Packers have showed they can have a dominant offense with the talent they’ve already got. But imagine adding another potential difference-maker to start opposite Adams? Considering the Packers had interest in making a move for Will Fuller before the trade deadline, it seems Gutekunst agrees.

In what could be another deep wide receiver class in 2021, Gutekunst will have another opportunity to strengthen the position.