Packers: NFC North wide receiver rankings ahead of 2022 season

Green Bay Packers, Allen Lazard (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers have a new-look wide receiver corps for 2022.

Green Bay has lost Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Equanimeous St. Brown. The Packers replaced them with Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure.

However, for the first time in many years, the Packers don’t have a top-five NFC North wide receiver on their team.

1. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings

At just 22 years old, Jefferson is already one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, being named an All-Pro and Pro Bowler in each of his first two seasons.

Jefferson finished with an incredible 1,616 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns from 108 catches last season.

The Packers must wonder how different it could be had they successfully traded up for Jefferson in 2020.

2. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

Jefferson’s teammate isn’t too bad, either.

Thielen missed four games in 2021 but still made 67 catches for 726 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 31-year-old has caught 24 touchdown passes since the start of 2020.

With Jefferson and Thielen, the Vikings have an excellent receiving duo.

3. Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

The Bears didn’t do enough to help Justin Fields this offseason, but they have something in 2020 fifth-round pick Darnell Mooney.

Despite playing in a struggling Bears offense last season, Mooney impressed with 81 catches for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns.

4. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions

It was an excellent rookie season for 2021 fourth-round pick St. Brown, who caught 90 passes for 912 yards and five touchdowns.

His end to the season should excite Lions fans. St. Brown caught all five of his touchdown passes in the final six games of the season, and he also went on a run of six games with 73+ receiving yards.

5. Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions

Williams hasn’t caught an NFL pass yet and is still recovering from a torn ACL, but he has the potential to be near the top of this list very soon.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah had Williams 16th in his prospect rankings this year, writing that he “could emerge as one of the premier deep threats in the NFL”.

The best part? The Vikings allowed the Lions to trade up to get him.

Do you think a Packers wide receiver should make this top five?