Packers make huge trade for wide receiver in mock draft

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Could the Green Bay Packers pull off a huge trade that gives them a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft?

It wouldn’t be all that surprising.

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports believes it’s a possibility. In his latest mock draft, he has the Packers jumping all the way up to No. 8 overall in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

In the mock, Fornelli has the Packers trading their two first-round picks (No. 22 and No. 28) to the Falcons for their first-rounder (No. 8).

With that selection, Green Bay selects Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

The trade is a fair one. According to Drafttek’s trade value chart, the Packers’ two first-rounders are worth a combined 1,440 points. The Falcons’ pick is worth 1,400 points.

So if you were wondering how high the Packers’ two first-rounders could take them in a trade, No. 8 is about it.

Even after this move, Green Bay would still own two second-round picks and a third-rounder. It would be swapping two selections in the 20s for one in the top 10.

This deal would also make sense for the Falcons, a team in rebuild mode. So it’s certainly understandable why Fornelli has it happening in his mock.

If Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst absolutely loves a prospect, especially a wide receiver, then why not? Trust that he has a target in mind. If Gutekunst believes Garrett Wilson is the right choice and is willing to jump up to get him, then that’s the way he should go.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Ohio State wide receiver fifth in his prospect rankings. He wrote that “Wilson has a complete skill set and reminds me of Stefon Diggs”.

The Packers could certainly do with a potential WR1 like that.

Wilson caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in 11 games at Ohio State last season. He could be the first wide receiver off the board next Thursday night.

Perhaps the Packers pull off a blockbuster trade to ensure he’s catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.