The wide receiver position has been quite a popular topic when it comes to the Green Bay Packers. They experienced a major overhaul this offseason as they are going to need some players to step up in 2022.
The Packers said goodbye to All-Pro Davante Adams, as he was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders for first and second-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Their No. 2 receiver the last few seasons, deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling, also departed this offseason, signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent to help replace Tyreek Hill.
Replacing those two will not be an easy task, but the front office has acquired numerous players to try. Sammy Watkins was signed right before the draft, where the team selected two more players at the position; Christian Watson out of North Dakota State in the second round and Romeo Doubs out of Nevada in the fourth round.
They will be joining Allen Lazard, who was re-signed this offseason, last year’s third-round pick Amari Rodgers and veteran Randall Cobb. Despite that kind of quantity, the Packers are expected to continue pursuing more players at the position.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Julio Jones are two veterans that could be pursued. If they want to take a shot on a young player with some upside that has not yet found his stride in the NFL, the Packers could take a look at N’Keal Harry of the New England Patriots.
The Patriots selected Harry with the last pick of the first round in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. He has struggled in three seasons with the Patriots, appearing in only 33 games, catching 57 passes for 598 yards and four touchdowns.
Harry has been pushed even further down the depth chart in New England this season, so if the Packers want to take a chance on him, the price would likely be cheap. A late-round pick would probably get the job done as the Patriots would take any kind of compensation for a player that is no longer in their long-term plans.
The former Sun Devil is the kind of big-bodied receiver that should find success down the field and in the red zone given the size advantage he holds over most cornerbacks. It would be a no-risk move to acquire him for the Packers, as his draft pedigree should provide him some more chances to cement himself on a roster.