Packers finally get their wide receiver in 2021 mock draft

Chris Olave (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Chris Olave (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

Will the Packers finally add a wide receiver?

Has a week of the 2020 season gone by without hearing about how many first-round wide receivers Aaron Rodgers has thrown to in his career?

Almost certainly not.

Well, all we can say is thank you very much to this recent mock draft by Nicholas McGee of With the First Pick. He has the Green Bay Packers finally adding a wide receiver in the first round, which means we can stop hearing about how the team never goes for a receiver that high.

The mock draft sees the Packers selecting Ohio State receiver Chris Olave with the 29th overall pick.

There’s no doubt Olave could make an instant impact in Matt LaFleur’s offense. We’ve seen a number of rookie wide receivers impress this year around the NFL, and Olave could also make a fast start playing in this offense.

While Green Bay’s offense has been dominant all season long, there is still a lack of a consistent number two option in the passing game. Robert Tonyan is the closest the Packers have to a number two option.

Allen Lazard looked great before suffering a core muscle injury but has been quiet since making his return.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has 603 yards and five touchdowns on the season. While that looks fine on paper — and MVS has certainly made a big impact in a number of games — he’s also had zero catches in four different games. His catch rate is a little over 50 percent.

Valdes-Scantling can be an important part of this offense but as the number two wide receiver? He needs to become more consistent for that to happen.

The Packers have come close to getting wide receiver help over the past couple of years. Maybe they finally get their receiver in the first round of next year’s draft. But let’s hope they’re picking at No. 32 and not No. 29 like in this mock draft.