Packers land Terrace Marshall Jr. in 2021 mock draft

Terrace Marshall Jr. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Terrace Marshall Jr. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Even after finishing with the highest-scoring offense in the NFL this past season, wide receiver should remain a priority for the Green Bay Packers this spring.

Davante Adams is coming off a career-year and the Packers also got good contributions from Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard throughout the season. But that doesn’t mean receiver isn’t an area the Packers can’t get better at.

According to QB Data Mine, the Packers’ receivers lost 552 yards on dropped passes, most in the league. There were costly drops in the NFC title game loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, too, including Equanimeous St. Brown’s drop on a two-point conversion.

Needless to say, if the Packers can strengthen the wide receiver corps at some point this offseason, they should. Dan Schmelzer of NFL Mocks agrees in his latest mock draft which sees Green Bay select LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. with the 29th pick.

Marshall played in seven games at LSU this season before opting out for the remainder of the year. But he put up great numbers in that time with 731 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. That’s an incredible 104 receiving yards and 1.43 touchdowns per game. He also averaged an impressive 15.2 yards per reception.

In his past 19 games at LSU, Marshall has caught 23 touchdown passes.

Schmelzer wrote in the article that “Marshall is a big, long and explosive wide receiver who displays a wide catch radius and tremendous natural deep speed”. There’s no doubt he could be an excellent addition to Green Bay’s offense.

Whether the Packers are willing to use a first-round pick on a wide receiver remains to be seen. Recent history suggests otherwise. And receiver isn’t the Packers’ number one need this offseason. That said, if Brian Gutekunst believes Marshall is the best player on the board and he can make an immediate impact like many rookie receivers did in 2020, it would make a lot of sense.

Who do you hope the Packers draft at 29th overall?