Draft: Packers meet with top wide receiver prospect
The Green Bay Packers appear to be doing their homework at the wide receiver position ahead of this year’s draft.
It’s no secret that, once again, receiver could be high on the Packers’ to-do list this offseason with a number of free agents at the position including Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Allen Lazard. Even if Adams is back, it’s possible the other free-agent receivers sign elsewhere.
According to Packers reporter Mike Clemens, Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams said that he has interviewed with the Packers.
As ever, it’s important to not look into the NFL Combine interviews too much. They don’t always give an accurate picture of which prospects teams are interested in.
Williams is one of the best receivers in the entire class and projects to be a first-round pick next month.
Had it not been for an ACL tear suffered in January, Williams may have been the first wide receiver to be selected. However, following the injury, it’s possible he could fall to No. 28.
Williams is coming off an outstanding season at Alabama. He caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote that Williams “could see monstrous production if paired with a high-end talent at quarterback”. If Aaron Rodgers is back in 2022, he would absolutely get a top QB to catch passes from.
Long term, Williams has the potential to be an excellent NFL wide receiver. Where it could be difficult for the Packers is if they are in win-now mode in 2022. It’s unclear when Williams will be cleared to return, and we all know how long it can take young wide receivers to gain Rodgers’ trust.
Now, if Rodgers is gone and the Packers enter a rebuilding phase around Jordan Love, Williams could be a home-run pick if he’s available. A young, talented wide receiver to build the offense around long term, even if he doesn’t play much in 2022.