After losing Greg Jennings to the Vikings, Donald Driver to retirement, James Jones to the Raiders (and then retirement) and now Jordy Nelson to the Raiders, the Packers wide receiving core looks a lot different.
As of right now the best wide receiver the Packers currently have is Davante Adams, with Randall Cobb being a close second. As the Packers roster stands before the 2018 NFL Draft, they currently have Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Gernomio Allison, Michael Clark, Trevor Davis, Jake Kumerow, Colby Pearson, and DeAngelo Yancey. How do they move forward? If they don’t sign a single wide receiver from now until the start of the 2018 season, it looks like the number one will be Adams, with Cobb and Allison following.
If the Packers don’t address the wide receiving core, –which they may not due to the many holes in the defense–, how will they stack up?
For starters, Davante Adams has been phenomenal the past few years. Comparing him against some of the most talented wide receivers in the league in Julio Jones and Antonio Brown since Adams came into the NFL in 2014, he stacks up well. Brown has 44 TD catches, where Adams has 26 and Jones has 23 (all since 2014). The Packers have replaced Jordy Nelson with Davante Adams as their number one wide receiver. Moving forward, Randall Cobb is going to be the number two guy. Since Adams’ rookie year, Cobb also has 26 TD receptions. The difference between the two is that Adams can play from almost any spot on the field. Whether that be the slot or the outside position, Adams can do both. The Packers haven’t had Cobb play the outside spot much and when he does play somewhere else on the field aside from the slot position, it is usually at running back.
That breaks down the top two spots. In the third spot would be Geronimo Allison. Allison has shown what he can do when he plays well.
Allison has shown promise. So far in his young career, he has 35 receptions for 455 yards and 2 TDs. Though he didn’t score any touchdowns last year, with Jordy Nelson becoming an Oakland Raider, Allison should be able to step up to the plate and take a leap in the right direction.
If the Packers look to add any free-agent wide receivers to their roster, some guys like Dez Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and Brandon Marshall are available, to name a few. It is certainly possible that the Packers will sign another wide receiver, but it all comes down to the cost. Dez Bryant wants a lot of money, and he has already said that he cannot see himself in Green Bay. When asked if he would sign with the Packers, Dez said that: “It wouldn’t seem right…too much history”. It isn’t surprising that Dez won’t sign with Green Bay, after all, his Super Bowl chances have been destroyed because of the Packers.
Looking to the draft, many scouts aren’t sure if the Packers are going to draft a WR in the first two rounds. But the third round is an opportunity where the Packers could very well pick up a WR, and they just might. Some wide receivers that the Packers could see are Calvin Ridley from Alabama, James Washington from Oklahoma State, or Anthony Miller from Memphis. Looking at a full list of prospects, there are plenty to choose from, and new Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst will have to make the right call.
When it is all said in done the Packers are likely to add more talent to the wide receiving position. The entirety of the situation depends on whether or not they get the talent they want in the first few rounds of the draft. With Brian Gutekunst saying that he wants to move up in the draft, who knows how many picks that will cost the Packers. Those picks that the Packers may lose in the later rounds by trading up could damper the chances of picking a solid wide receiver early. If the Packers are going to draft a wide receiver, they are likely to do so in the middle rounds of the draft because the first two are highly likely to be defensive picks.