Matt LaFleur's comments about Bo Melton spell doom for Packers draft pick

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Bo Melton at OTAs
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Bo Melton at OTAs / Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bo Melton was one of the surprise standout performers for the Green Bay Packers in the second half of last season.

The Packers signed Melton off the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad in December 2022, but he had to wait almost a year to finally make his NFL debut—he played two offensive snaps in Week 12 against the Detroit Lions before being inactive for the next two contests.

Melton's first real opportunity came in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His role increased over the final four games, with Melton catching 16 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown. He added another touchdown in the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers.

The former undrafted rookie has been turning heads this offseason, and Matt LaFleur's recent comments tell us a lot about the Packers' current wide receiver situation.

Matt LaFleur's praise for Bo Melton is bad news for Packers draft pick Samori Toure

Melton has taken the momentum from the end of last season and built on it this offseason, and LaFleur didn't hold back with his praise.

"I think it's a great story. Just being persistent and to continue to push forward even when the stacks are put up against you," said LaFleur. "He's done an outstanding job. He is so disciplined in his approach and how he is, and he's so consistent on a daily basis. He brings so much value. He brings a lot of energy to our team."

LaFleur correctly pointed out that Melton was the first Packers receiver to put up 100 yards last season, which is even more incredible considering he had only played two snaps before Week 15.

What does this mean for Samori Toure, a former Packers seventh-round draft choice?

We know Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed, and Dontayvion Wicks are roster locks. Melton is also trending in that direction. Green Bay could enter the season with five receivers. If it keeps a sixth, Toure would be competing for the final spot with Malik Heath and Grant DuBose.

In his first two seasons, Toure has been active for 22 games and played 251 offensive snaps, but he has only 13 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. Melton had better numbers in just four games last year and on 112 fewer snaps.

Melton may already be a roster lock. He has game-changing speed, can run block, and gives everything on each snap.

And he is making play after play this offseason. Per The Athletic's Matt Schneidman, Jordan Love connected with Melton on a 75-yard touchdown during 11-on-11 practice on Tuesday. Moments like that will help Melton's chances of not just making the roster, but earning more snaps this season.

The Packers will want to get a good look at Grant DuBose, whom they selected in the seventh round a year ago. He battled injuries at training camp and has a lot to prove. Malik Heath was one of the standout performers last summer and featured in 13 games as a rookie, catching 15 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Melton is close to securing a spot on the 53-man roster, adding further doubt about Toure's future in Green Bay.

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