Packers projected to take LSU WR Justin Jefferson in new mock draft

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The Green Bay Packers are heading into the NFL offseason with a major need at the wide receiver position. After struggling a bit offensively in 2019 under new head coach Matt LaFleur, the Packers have already made it clear that they are going to put some emphasis on bringing in more targets for Aaron Rodgers.

Davante Adams is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and the Packers also have talent in Allen Lazard. They still need to add more talent on top of those two targets.

CBS Sports has a solid answer for the Packers at No. 30 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. In their new mock draft, they have Green Bay selecting LSU standout wide receiver Justin Jefferson in the first round.

Here is the explanation for why they have the Packers taking Jefferson.

Jefferson is special in the way that he attacks the ball downfield. He has great body control and would provide Aaron Rodgers with another explosive outlet. Green Bay has not invested in the wide receiver position over the years so it could be foolish to expect them to buck the trend now. Times are changing in the north, however.

Last season with the Tigers, Jefferson put up huge numbers as the No. 1 target for consensus No. 1 pick Joe Burrow. He caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns. Those numbers average out to a solid 13.9 yards per reception.

Green Bay needs receivers who can make plays down the field while also being possession receivers. Jefferson has the potential and talent to become a star very early on in his career.

It will be interesting to see what direction the Packers choose to go at No. 30. Jefferson would make a lot of sense and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him end up being the selection.