This Packers-49ers Post-Draft Trade Would Include Deebo Samuel

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NFL Analysis Network

The Green Bay Packers surprised a lot of people when they didn’t select a wide receiver in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. With selections No. 22 and 28, Green Bay opted to bolster their defense, selecting two Georgia Bulldogs; linebacker Quay Walker and defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt.

The Packers had missed on the run of wide receivers earlier in the round, as the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions both traded up to snag pass catchers. Green Bay got into the mix at the top of the second round, selecting Christian Watson out of North Dakota State with the second pick of the second round, No. 34 overall.

Watson should help immediately. His size and speed combination will provide him a chance to be a star at the next level. He has some polishing to do in his game, but there is enough to contribute right away.

Given the current construction of the depth chart, there is a chance that Watson is the No. 1 wide receiver before it is all said and done. While that may be what Green Bay eventually wants, it wouldn’t hurt to bring in another veteran.

One player that they could continue keeping tabs on is Deebo Samuel. Samuel requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers the week before the draft. The organization has said they do not want to trade him, but they seemingly got close to making a deal with the New York Jets that would have involved the No. 10 overall pick in the draft.

The rumored trade was the 10th pick and a later pick swap for Samuel. With that in mind, the Packers should make an offer to the 49ers and try acquiring him themselves. A 2023 first and third-round pick should be the offer that they start with.

Since the Packers are expected to be very good again this season, those picks may not be until the end of their respective rounds. So, San Francisco could counter and ask for first and second-round picks, or for another late pick to be thrown in.

Being closer to his family in South Carolina is also something he is looking for. While Green Bay isn’t too close, it is much closer than San Francisco is.

One of the qualms that Samuel had was his usage, as he played running back a lot more down the stretch of the season. In Green Bay, he should be deployed strictly as a wide receiver as they have Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon holding down the backfield.

Providing Aaron Rodgers with a bonafide No. 1 receiver to help replace Davante Adams would be a good move for the Packers to make. Rodgers is great, but the team could certainly use a boost when it comes to pass catchers and Samuel would provide a massive one.