Packers 2021 Draft: Wide receiver would be a luxury in first round

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

For much of the 2020 season, the Green Bay Packers‘ offense was close to unstoppable.

Aaron Rodgers returned to his MVP best, earning his third award. Davante Adams put in a season for the ages, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard both made key contributions throughout the year.

Should wide receiver be on the to-do list this offseason? Sure, but that doesn’t mean they need to use a first-round pick at the position.

Yes, that means we’ll have to keep hearing every commentator remind us how few first-round receivers Rodgers has thrown a touchdown pass to, but that’s OK. If they don’t mention this, it’ll be straight onto Jordan Love anyway.

Would it be great if Green Bay added a first-round receiver or spent big at the position in free agency? Absolutely. Any time you can give Rodgers more weapons it’s never a bad thing.

However, the Packers can do that on Day 2 or 3 of the draft, or by signing a veteran in free agency who won’t earn huge money like Allen Robinson.

Drafting for need isn’t always a good option. If a wide receiver is far and away the best player available at No. 29, then great. But ideally Brian Gutekunst should look to help the defense any way possible.

If there’s a cornerback or defensive tackle with a first-round grade at No. 29, that could have a bigger impact on this team in 2021 than adding a receiver. Even if it’s an edge rusher or safety. If there’s a defensive player with game-changing potential, draft him.

You could also make a strong case for an offensive tackle. Given the importance of depth at this position, plus the uncertainty at the starting spots to begin next season, this would also make sense in the first round.

But they don’t need to go receiver on Day 1. Green Bay’s offense is going to be one of the league’s best in 2021. Helping the defense catch up with the offense is key to building on the team’s recent success.