The NFL Draft is fast approaching, and Green Bay Packers fans are eager to know who the team my select with their first-round pick. As of right now, the Packers have the 30th pick in the first round although GM Brian Gutekunst has traded either up or down in each of his previous two drafts.
This is the next in a series of articles looking at players the Packers may be interested in selecting at this year’s draft. The only players listed here are realistic possibilities for the Packers to pick at 30 or if they trade up or down slightly from that spot.
Today we will examine wide receivers since the Packers clearly have a need at this position. Outside of Davante Adams, the team presently has more questions than answers at receiver. Gutekunst signed Devin Funchess in free agency to add experience and depth. Other returning players include Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimeous St. Brown, Jake Kumerow and CFL free agent Reggie Begelton.
The Packers are looking to upgrade this position and may add two wide receivers in this draft, one on the first or second day of the draft (the first three rounds) and one on day three (rounds 4-7).
So here is a list of possible wide receivers the Packers may take in the first round:
1. Laviska Shenault Colorado
Shenault has good acceleration and has excellent moves in the open field. At 6’2” and 225 pounds, he has good size, something the Packers always look for in receivers, but isn’t as tall as MVS, EQ, Kumerow or Lazard.
Shenault was used in a variety of ways at Colorado and it may take him a little more time to adjust to one role in the NFL and refine his route running. His versatility may also help him play a few different roles initially whether it be lining up as a split end or in the slot.