Draft Rumors: Packers hopes of drafting Jaxon Smith-Njigba take a hit

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Jaxon Smith-Njigba to the Green Bay Packers would be a dream first-round scenario.

The Ohio State star playmaker checks every box for what this Packers offense is crying out for.

However, if the Packers hope to land Smith-Njigba in the first round, they may need to trade up.

According to Jim Nagy, an 18-year NFL scout and the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl, "numerous teams" only have one wide receiver with a first-round grade: Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Packers could have competition for Jaxon Smith-Njigba in first round

Unfortunately, the Packers aren't the only team in need of a wide receiver.

Multiple teams drafting directly ahead of the Packers -- notably the Tennessee Titans at 11, Houston Texans at 12, and New England Patriots at 14 -- need receiver help.

If those teams share the view of Smith-Njigba being the only first-round prospect at the position, any one of them could pick him right before the Packers get an opportunity.

Even if Smith-Njigba is still available at the Patriots' pick, what's stopping another team jumping ahead of the Packers?

The Seattle Seahawks at 20, Los Angeles Chargers at 21, and Minnesota Vikings at 23 could all be trade-up candidates. Imagine the Vikings trading ahead of the Packers to draft Smith-Njigba. No thanks.

In an ideal world, there would be multiple receivers with first-round grades. It would increase the chances of Smith-Njigba falling to No. 15, while also giving Green Bay other first-round options should it miss out.

Jim Nagy believes that the "NFL isn't nearly as high on this year's WR class as media." That's notable.

The Packers should have no hesitation to trade up for Smith-Njigba if they see him as a game-changing addition to Matt LaFleur's offense. If teams don't believe there are many first-round prospects at the position, Green Bay might have to move up to prevent other teams drafting the Ohio State star.

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