5 star players the Packers could’ve drafted in past five years

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4. WR Tee Higgins (2020)

A year on, the Packers had another opportunity to get some much-needed help at wide receiver.

This draft will forever be remembered for Green Bay’s decision to move up from the No. 30 pick to No. 26 to take quarterback Jordan Love.

Had Brian Gutekunst stayed put with the team’s original selection, he could’ve selected Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins ended up going No. 33 to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Higgins hasn’t taken long to make the adjustment to the NFL from college.

In his first season, he caught 67 passes for 908 yards and six touchdowns. He then backed it up in 2021 with 74 receptions for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns.

Higgins also played a crucial role in the Bengals’ run to the Super Bowl last season. In four playoff games, he caught 18 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Yes, the Packers had missed out on some of the top wide receivers in the class like Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, and CeeDee Lamb. But this was a deep receiver class, and Higgins has proven he was ready to make an immediate impact.

Higgins has quickly become one of Joe Burrow’s favorite targets. Had he been picked by the Packers, this could’ve been the season he became WR1 in Green Bay following Davante Adams’ departure.