Xavier Worthy will be nowhere near Packers draft board despite record 40-yard dash

Green Bay Packers, Xavier Worthy
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Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy stole the show at the NFL Scouting Combine, but it's unlikely the Green Bay Packers will draft him.

Worthy ran a record-breaking 4.21-second 40-yard dash, the fastest-ever time at the NFL Combine. He earned an unofficial Relative Athletic Score of 9.37 out of 10 after an outstanding performance on Saturday.

Worthy's draft stock is rising. He was already considered a potential second-round pick, but his chances of going on Day 1 have improved after the combine.

The Packers don't desperately need wide receiver help, although GM Brian Gutekunst said that won't prevent them from adding another pass-catcher. However, despite his incredible combine performance, we can forget about Worthy ending up in Green Bay.

Why Packers won't draft Xavier Worthy despite record-breaking NFL Combine performance

The Packers have a type at the wide receiver position. They are strict with their size and athleticism thresholds. It has been that way throughout Brian Gutekunst's tenure, and he learned it from Ted Thompson.

Below is a list of every wide receiver Gutekunst has drafted. Almost all of them were above 6 feet, and only two fell below 200 pounds. Jayden Reed is the only player below 190 pounds at 187.

  • J'Mon Moore: 6-foot-3, 205 pounds
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling: 6-foot-4, 206 pounds
  • Equanimeous St. Brown: 6-foot-5, 214 pounds
  • Amari Rodgers: 5-foot-9, 212 pounds
  • Christian Watson: 6-foot-4, 208 pounds
  • Romeo Doubs: 6-foot-2, 204 pounds
  • Samori Toure: 6-foot-1, 191 pounds
  • Jayden Reed: 5-foot-11, 187 pounds
  • Dontayvion Wicks: 6-foot-1, 206 pounds
  • Grant DuBose: 6-foot-2, 201 pounds

The Packers rarely draft receivers below 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. Reed was an exception, but he was close to 190 pounds. Worthy is 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, which is a significant difference.

That doesn't mean Worthy won't become a star in the NFL. He absolutely could. His game-changing speed helps him win deep and run by defenders in open space. Worthy caught 26 touchdowns in three seasons at Texas. Last year, he made 75 receptions for 1,014 yards and five touchdowns. There's no doubting his talent.

But the Packers are predictable, especially at the wide receiver position. Would Green Bay's offense improve with Worthy? Absolutely. Defenses already have a lot to worry about when facing the Packers' deep receiving group—Worthy would help take the offense to another level.

But will they draft him? Almost certainly not.

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