That’s it. I’ve had enough! I’m already tired of seeing people trash Green Bay’s 2020 draft picks. It’s clear Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur, and the Packers want to change the culture in Green Bay and the draft proved that. Am I one of the people who thought the Packers should have drafted a receiver early? Yes, but that doesn’t mean just because they didn’t get a new rookie, they won’t be able to pass the ball next season. In fact, nobody really knows if that rookie would have been effective in their first season. The Packers showed that they have confidence in their own homegrown receivers and let’s not forget, Green Bay still has two young wideouts with enormous potential.
Both Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown are going into their third professional seasons. MVS had a really good rookie season but disappointed Packer fans last season in his second year. However, people were asking a lot out of the young receiver and maybe the expectations were just too high. Valdes-Scantling has great size and speed, and is still only 25-years-old.
Equanimeous St. Brown, like MVS, also has great size, speed, and athleticism. EQ had a good rookie season considering he was a 6th round pick and was having a great 2019 training camp until a preseason injury knocked him out for the year. However, EQ is still only 23-years-old, which is incredibly young for a player entering their third season according to NFL standards.
It feels as if Packer fans are becoming so impatient with MVS and EQ. Like I said before, they are both entering their third seasons and if you look, some of the greatest receivers in franchise history needed some time as well. For example, it took Davante Adams three years to break out into the All-Star wide out that we know today. It took three years for Jordy Nelson to consistently produce and four for him to break out. Donald Driver, ever heard of him? Yeah, it took four years for him to break out. Just imagine if the Packers gave up on these guys the same way fans want to give up on MVS and EQ.
Obviously, the Packers didn’t draft a receiver this year but that doesn’t mean the organization is completely void of talent. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown are two young wideouts who are bound to have a breakout season. If they struggle in 2020, yes, then it is probably time to move on but as of right now, Packer fans need to give them the benefit of the doubt and get behind them.