It’s no secret that the Packers are looking to improve their wide receiver depth chart this offseason. Whether it comes from free agency or the draft, that remains to be seen. If the Packers go the draft route, there’s one receiver not on the mainstream radar that could make an impact in Green Bay. That player is SMU wideout, James Proche. Proche is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.
For the past two seasons at SMU, Proche had accumulated 204 catches, 2,424 yards, and 27 touchdowns. His best season came in 2019, his senior year, when he had 111 receptions for 1,225 yards and 15 touchdowns.
James Proche has incredible hands and an uncanny ability to catch any ball thrown his way. In fact, Proche’s hands are compatible to top wide receiver prospects like Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb. Proche is also extremely quick. He’s not the fastest guy on the field but his quickness gives him deceptive speed. Proche’s biggest weakness is his strength. Often, he can be bullied at the line of scrimmage by bigger corners. He also struggles to run crisp routes against the same big corners due to his lack of strength. Another weakness when it comes to James Proche’s game is that he would only be a slot receiver at the next level. He doesn’t have the size at 6’0” 193 or the physicality to be a true wideout.
Even with a few weaknesses Proche has still garnered the attention from a few NFL teams, one being the New England Patriots. Team officials have publicly stated that they could even see the SMU receiver as a perfect replacement to the former Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman.
The Packers could definitely use a slot receiver like James Proche. They need all the weapons they can get. He could play a similar role in the offense that Randall Cobb once did. Proche would give Aaron Rodgers a sure handed target who has a knack for racking up catches. If those two got in a groove, watch out, things could get very exciting in Green Bay.