The Green Bay Packers were one of the many teams that entered the 2022 NFL Draft in need of some help at the wide receiver position. They missed out on the run of pass-catchers in the first round, as they didn’t move up, as the New Orleans Saints or Detroit Lions did, or acquire a veteran like the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals did.
Instead, the Packers moved up in the second round of the draft to get their guy. They selected Christian Watson out of North Dakota State, whom many believe will quickly become a favorite of Aaron Rodgers. His combination of size and speed is something that could eventually lead to him becoming a true No. 1 receiver in the league.
In addition to Watson, the Packers also landed Nevada wide receiver Romeo Doubs later in the fourth round. He provides Green Bay with another young receiver to develop, but the team will likely still look for a veteran to bring into the mix.
Sammy Watkins was signed before the draft and Randall Cobb is still on the record. Allen Lazard was also brought back and has experience playing in a Rodgers-led offense, but they could still use some help and it sounds like there could be some on the horizon.
During an appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, NFL insider Ian Rapoport was discussing the wide receiver free-agent market. There are still some solid veterans available and Rapoport believes that Green Bay will be in on some of them, mentioning Jarvis Landry, Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr.
All three would fit the bill of what Green Bay seems to be looking for. As long as Rodgers is under center, the Packers are going to be contending for the Super Bowl. Bringing in an experienced pass catcher, like one of the three mentioned earlier, would make a lot of sense so that young players aren’t thrust into roles they may not yet be ready for.
Beckham just played in Super Bowl 56 with the Los Angeles Rams, but he tore his ACL in the game. Before that, he had racked up 52 yards and a touchdown. Jones has also played in a Super Bowl as part of the Atlanta Falcons team that suffered a shocking defeat to the New England Patriots after blowing a 28-3 lead.
Landry hasn’t made the Super Bowl, but he would provide Rodgers with an established player to work the middle of the field with shallow and underneath routes. He would bring a lot of toughness and physicality to the Packers as well as he isn’t afraid to mix it up in the running game.
Adding any of those three would be a good move for the Packers. Replacing Davante Adams and Marques Valdes-Scantling will not be an easy task, but Landry, Jones or Beckham would assuredly help compensate for the loss.