Which offensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft fit the Packers’ athletic preferences?


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Green Bay’s track record when it comes to offensive linemen is clear. Here are the players who appear to be good fits in this year’s class.

The latter quality — being a college left tackle — has been somewhat less of a priority for the team since Brian Gutekunst took over as general manager. Under Ted Thompson, the Packers drafted two players who were not blind-side tackles: Corey Linsley and Caleb Schlauderaff. Gutekunst has now drafted four in his three drafts: Cole Madison (right tackle moved to guard), Elgton Jenkins (center/guard/right tackle moved to guard), Simon Stepaniak (guard) and Jake Hanson (center).

Clearly, the Packers’ rigidity in drafting left tackles is waning. Additionally, the team has seemingly been a bit more flexible in terms of their athletic requirements for interior linemen in the Gutekunst area, though Stepaniak and Hanson did not have full workouts before last year’s draft thanks to injuries.

Still, some trends still hold up well. The Packers almost exclusively draft linemen with 3-cone times of 7.70 seconds or faster and shuttle times of 4.75 seconds or faster. Only a few draft picks on the line since Thompson took over have documented times slower than that. Jenkins is one with a 3-cone 7.77, though he had an overall RAS of 9.59 as a guard and had a shuttle time well under the 4.75 cutoff. The two big outliers are Madison and Jamon Meredith back in 2009, both 5th-round picks who seemingly did not fit any of the team’s timing preferences and can be excluded as oddities.

Therefore, the preferred cutoffs we will use for the 2021 draft class will remain at the 7.70/4.75 mark, with some consideration given to borderline players who are within a tenth of a second of one of the cutoffs but have a strong athletic profile otherwise.

Here are the players who project at offensive tackle who would fit. Note that Penei Sewell is the one tackle who is on the borderline at one of the agility measurements but still carries an overall RAS above 8.

As for interior linemen, the Packers appear to have a height cutoff. To be fair, they have a limit for tackles as well, but most tackles are at least 6-foot-4 and are clear of the Packers’ minimum. The shortest lineman Green Bay has drafted in the last 15 years was Corey Linsley at 6025, so anything shorter than 6024 is off our list.

Using the same numbers as above, here are the players projected as interior linemen who fit the Packers’ numbers. Note that there is one borderline player in Trey Smith, who misses slightly on the shuttle time but makes up for it in his overall athleticism:

If the Packers pass up on linemen early, there should be some intriguing targets in rounds three through seven. Watch for names like Brady Christensen or Robert Hainsey around the end of day two or early on day three. Nebraska’s Brendan Jaimes looks like a great fit in the middle of day three and he had a confirmed meeting with the Packers earlier this spring. Cole Van Lanen from Wisconsin would be a good fit as well as a late-round pick.

Most of the top names in this class are top names for a reason — they’re great on tape but also have great physical tools. The later round players to watch are these elite athletes who have yet to harness their physical potential, and that’s where the Packers love to strike. Keep these lists handy on Saturday.

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When Will Green Bay Make Its First Draft Pick? History Suggests Sometime After 10:20 PM

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The 2021 N-F-L Draft starts at 7:00 PM, but Packers fans can plan to wait until sometime after 10:20 p-m to hear who their team is going to take.

That’s when the 29th pick of the first round normally is announced, but, general manager Brian Gutekunst could trade up as he has in his first three drafts.

Several networks are broadcasting the draft this year, including A-B-C, E-S-P-N, and the N-F-L Network.  Experts like Mel Kiper Junior and Booger McFarland will tell viewers why the choices made were good or bad.

Historically, the 29th pick in the draft over the last four years has been announced sometime between 10:19 and 10:48 p-m.

Here's who the Packers are taking in final mock drafts of 2021

Packers Wire 29 April, 2021 - 01:01pm

We’re finally here: Thursday, April 29 – the official start day of the 2021 NFL Draft and the unofficial end to mock draft season.

The first round kicks off Thursday night. Once the Jacksonville Jaguars come on the clock and pick Trevor Lawerence as expected, all the mock drafts will disappear into obscurity.

Before then, here’s a roundup of all the Packers’ first-round picks in final versions of mock drafts (this list will be updated throughout the day Thursday):

Breer’s reasoning: “There’s a lot of disagreement league-wide on who the fourth receiver will be (after Chase and the two Bama receivers). But I have been able to find a pretty good level of agreement that Moore’s a really clean prospect with a good amount of upside, to the point where I’d guess (and this is just a guess) NFL consensus would have Moore as the top guy in the second tier at the position. I love this NFL comp I got on him for the Packers, too: Randall Cobb.”

Quick breakdown: Small but dynamic playmaker and a perfect fit in Matt LaFleur’s offense. Love him as a complementary weapon in the Packers scheme. Sign us up.

Reasoning: If Elijah Moore were to fall, I think the Packers would take him, even though it’s been 19 years since they picked a wide receiver in Round 1 (Javon Walker, 2002). With Moore off the board in this scenario, Green Bay finds a fit on the offensive line in Radunz, who is one of the most underrated players in the draft. He is very similar to David Bakhtiari from a size and athletic testing perspective.

Quick breakdown: Radunz has been a late-riser who could come off the board late in the first round. He might have five-position versatility along the offensive line at the next level.

Reasoning: “With the Ravens and Saints lurking in front of them, the Packers might be willing to take a small jump up the draft board to give Aaron Rodgers the help he needs at receiver.”

Quick breakdown: Getting ahead of the Saints might be required to get Moore. If that’s the case, make the move. Giving up a mid-round pick for the chance to draft Moore is absolutely worth it. This was my prediction for the Packers in the first round.

Reasoning: “The Packers are known as a fairly conservative team, medically speaking, but Farley might be too good to pass here.”

Quick breakdown: Farley might be a top-10 talent, but his back injury issues are terrifying. The Packers would have to be very comfortable with the medicals. He’s an absolute steal at 29 if he can stay healthy.

Reasoning: “A big corner like Greg Newsome may land with Green Bay, but I’m told the Packers love Kadarius Toney and his play-making ability.”

Quick breakdown: Maybe the best player in the draft with the ball in his hands. Lightning quick and elusive. Easy fit as the slot and gadget guy for Matt LaFleur.

Reasoning: “Moore could be the fifth receiver taken in Round 1, or be an early-Day 2 pick. I think the 20-to-32 range makes sense. And yes, the Packers grab a WR in the first round for the first time since drafting Javon Walker 20th overall back in 2002.”

Quick breakdown: See above. And don’t let Moore’s size fool you. He plays big. He can do everything. He catches everything. Elijah Moore is a perfect match for LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers.

Reasoning: “This is a strong offensive tackle class, but the Packers might not be willing to see if the position stretches until the late second round. Leatherwood has the position flexibility to help Green Bay at both tackle and guard.”

Quick breakdown: Leatherwood wouldn’t be a sexy Day 1 pick, but he’s a Billy Turner type with more upside. Athletic, versatile, high floor. Possible starter at right tackle or guard. Very possible pick for the Packers at 29.

Reasoning: “Speedy cover man upgrades spot opposite Jaire Alexander.”

Quick breakdown: His combination of length, speed and experience in the SEC is worthy of first-round consideration. The Packers could groom Stokes to be the Kevin King replacement in 2022.

Reasoning: “The Packers have traded up in each of the past three first rounds. Newsome has the kind of feet and athleticism that won’t last long. The junior gave up fewer than 100 yards this past season.”

Quick breakdown: Love this idea. Moving up aggressively in the first round to get one of the true first-round talents has to be appealing to the Packers after back-to-back 13-3 seasons. Newsome could be a high-level starter at a premium position.

Reasoning: “We’ve come to expect the Packers to defer to later in the draft for offensive playmakers, so I’ll project Davis here as a replacement for linebacker Christian Kirksey, who was released in February. Davis is one of my favorite players in the class and can impact many parts of the defense.”

Quick breakdown: The Packers have long needed a difference-making inside linebacker, and Davis looked the part during a breakout 2020 season, but it’s still difficult to envision the Packers prioritizing this position in the first round.

Reasoning: “Easily my vote for the player that the league is higher on than what we’ve seen in the media, Leatherwood is widely seen as an early starter at right or left tackle, but there are some that like him more inside. A proven track record at both tackle spots and inside at guard plus testing as a 90th percentile athlete only strengthens his resume. On tape, there are some stiffness concerns, but he’s a projected high-floor player that could find lots of early success at right tackle. The Packers have shown to love early offensive linemen that have experience both inside and outside. Leatherwood fits the billing of that combined with their need at tackle.”

Quick breakdown: Again, this is an easy pick to envision. The Packers get a starter at guard or tackle and keep the offensive line a strength in front of Aaron Rodgers. Strong move for a contender.

Reasoning: “The Packers skipped out on the deep and talented 2020 receiver class but they don’t make that mistake again here. Bateman brings length, route-running prowess, and versatility to play all over the formation. He’d be an ideal complement to Davante Adams.”

Quick breakdown: One of the most appealing team-prospect fits for the Packers. Young, productive and athletic playmaker at receiver. Bateman could be an impact player early in his career.

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The Green Bay Packers aren't hard to figure out at cornerback. They don't want short cornerbacks (usually). They don't want slow cornerbacks. And they don't want slow-footed cornerbacks (usually).

In 2018, Justis Mosqueda dug into the draft picks by Ted Thompson and found some clear thresholds for the Packers at cornerback. They want cornerbacks standing almost 5-11, they want a 40-yard dash time of 4.57 or faster, and they want a three-cone time of 6.83 or better.

Brian Gutekunst has mostly followed this formula. Jaire Alexander, Josh Jackson and Ka'dar Hollman all fit.

For the sake of this exercise, we are...

Under general managers Ted Thompson and Brian Gutekunst, the Green Bay Packers have historically picked a specific type of offensive lineman – especially early in the draft – that can be more easily identified with athletic testing markers.

Back in 2018, Justis Mosqueda outlined the three primary markers for the Packers at offensive line: 10-yard split, three-cone and the short shuttle. The Packers like a 1.8-second 10-yard split, 7.7-second three-cone and 4.75-second short shuttle.

The Packers have been good at finding successful offensive linemen in the first four rounds. In fact, the hit rate is so high that the athletic...

Normally, a comment framed as opinion by a draft analyst wouldn't be enough to be considered "buzz," but one of Daniel Jeremiah's remarks in his final mock draft for NFL Network is at least noteworthy for the Green Bay Packers.

Jeremiah sent North Dakota State offensive tackle Dillon Radunz to the Packers at No. 29 overall, but he also said this about Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore: "If Elijah Moore were to fall, I think the Packers would take him, even though it's been 19 years since they picked a wide receiver in Round 1."

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All-Packers Mock Drafts 9.0 and 10.0

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First round – Kentucky LB Jamin Davis. Talking with a personnel director this week, he mentioned Davis as a possibility at No. 29. The Packers literally have never had a linebacker like Davis. And, don’t forget, new defensive coordinator Joe Barry is a linebackers coach by trade.

Second round – BYU OT Brady Christensen. This is a great draft for offensive tackles. In this simulation, the class was practically picked clean. In my offensive tackle rankings, which reflect the athleticism the Packers have long desired at the position, Christensen was the last man standing before a major dropoff. Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey was available, too. He’d be an instant starter but the Packers lost the NFC Championship Game because of injuries at tackle.

Third round – South Dakota State WR Cade Johnson. Here’s the slot receiver and instant-impact kick returner the Packers have lacked. You know all those jet-sweep motions? Defenses ignored those after Tyler Ervin was injured. I didn’t consider anyone else at this spot, either.

Fourth round – Minnesota CB Benjamin St-Juste. You can’t line up with a bunch of 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 cornerbacks and expect to play winning pass defense. There’s just too many 6-foot-4 receivers in the NFL. That’s why the Packers like Kevin King and that’s why I wanted to get a big guy like St-Juste. He had zero interceptions in his career, which is obviously troubling.

Fourth round – Arkansas DT Jonathan Marshall. Marshall has size (310 pounds), athleticism (4.81) and strength (36 reps on the 225-pound bench press. With that, I’ve knocked out the big needs, which of course isn’t how general managers think but was the goal here.

Fifth round – Stanford C Drew Dalman. Dalman has the athleticism and experience to be a fit in Green Bay’s zone scheme. His dad, Chris, played in the NFL and learned under zone-scheme guru Alex Gibbs. I almost took Dalman in the fourth so was thrilled to get him here.

Fifth round – Texas Tech DB Zech McPhearson. McPhearson showed tremendous ball skills in his two seasons at Texas Tech. You can never have enough nickels, Barry said. Here’s your nickel to join Chandon Sullivan. As was the case with Dalman, I almost took him in the fourth.

Sixth round – Pittsburgh edge Patrick Jones II. Jones spent most of his childhood in Japan, got his start playing football there and climbed Mount Fuji. He’s also a proven pass rusher. I also considered Florida State edge Janarius Robinson and the man I picked next.

Sixth round – Western Michigan OT Jaylon Moore. The Packers have three tackles on the roster with David Bakhtiari, Billy Turner and Yosh Nijman. So, I thought it was important to grab a couple guys. Moore was the best of my Day 3 guys so, in my mind, this is great value.

Seventh round – Georgia TE Tre’ McKitty. This is a forward-thinking pick. Can the Packers afford Robert Tonyan in 2022? And how long will Marcedes Lewis keep playing?

Using the simulator at Pro Football Network, I wound up with:

First round – Oklahoma State OT Teven Jenkins. Northwestern CB Greg Newsome, TCU S Trevon Moehrig and Tulsa LB Zaven Collins were on the board. Talking to two high-ranking scouts the past couple days, they didn’t think Collins would get past 20 so I ignored him.

Second round – Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr. I didn’t think too hard about this pick. Samuel might “only” be a slot but that’s an 80 percent playing time position. With his athleticism and ball skills, he is a superb fit for Green Bay’s zone defenses. Missouri LB Nick Bolton, UCF CB Aaron Robinson, Oregon S Jevon Holland and Whitewater C Quinn Meinerz were available.

Third round – Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace. I sure hope the Packers draft Wallace because I have in almost every mock. This time, I chose him ahead of Michigan’s Nico Collins (big and athletic) and Western Michigan’s D’Wayne Eskridge (until the Packers draft a shorter receiver, I will assume they won’t.)

Fourth round – Vanderbilt DL Dayo Odeyingbo. He blew out his Achilles in January and might not play this year but he’s an easy Day 2 talent otherwise. He could play on the edge or inside. Arkansas’ DL Jonathan Marshall was considered but I went with the upside.

Fourth round – Washington CB Keith Taylor. Having taken Samuel, I wanted to take a bigger cornerback because of Kevin King’s injury history and contract (one-year deal). Taylor is 6-foot-2 1/4 and solid in coverage but had zero career interceptions. TCU LB Garret Wallow went one pick before Taylor. I considered Minnesota’s Benjamin St-Juste who, like Taylor, is super-tall with no interceptions.

Fifth round – Arkansas State WR Jonathan Adams. As is the case with Wallace, I hope the Packers take Adams because I’ve done it a lot. He’s the king of the contested catch. Having taken Wallace as a potential slot, Adams is the big, physical receiver. Remember, Green Bay has zero receivers under contract for 2022 with more than five career catches.

Fifth round – Texas DT Ta’Quon Graham. The Packers need a defensive lineman who can potentially play from the jump. That’s Graham. I considered Wisconsin T/G Cole Van Lanen here.

Sixth round: Duke edge Chris Rumph II. Outside linebacker is a low-key need. Rumph, the son of a coach, was a tremendous rusher in college.

Sixth round: Michigan RB Chris Evans. Evans barely touched the ball his final two years at Michigan but is an athletic shot in the dark.

Seventh round: Iowa LB Nick Niemann. Niemann, the son of a coach, was a one-year starter who tested well.

With Gutekunst, Packers Fans Should Expect the Unexpected

Cheesehead TV 29 April, 2021 - 01:01pm

The 2021 NFL Draft is today and one we can say when thinking about the Packers picks in this year’s draft is this: expect the unexpected.

Since he took over as general manager of the Packers in 2018, Gutekunst has kept draft experts, members of the media and the Packers fan base on their toes by making moves that can easily be described as “unexpected.”

For example, in 2018, Gute traded out of the first round initially, picked up an extra first round pick in 2019 and then traded back up in the first round to select cornerback Jaire Alexander. Alexander developed into a Pro Bowl cornerback in 2020.  

The surprises in 2018 didn’t end in the first round. Gutekunst added another cornerback in the second round when he chose Josh Jackson and then picked three wide receivers on day three along with a punter and long snapper.

Last season, Gutekunst created the biggest surprise of his tenure so far. While most people expected the Packers to select a wide receiver in the first round or at least early in the draft, the Packers ultimately did not draft a wideout at all in 2020. Instead, they traded up to select a quarterback even though Aaron Rodgers was coming off another Pro Bowl season and was still under contract for another four seasons.

In the second round, Gutekunst added a running back even through the Packers already had talent and depth at that position in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. In round three, Gutekunst selected another tight end/H-back even though a year earlier, he had added tight end Jace Sternberger in the third round.

Now, as we approach the 2021 draft, one thing is certain: anybody who says they know exactly what the Packers will do in the first round and beyond is guessing. It may be an educated guess, but nonetheless, with the Packers, it’s difficult to predict exactly what the team will do.

This year, the Packers didn’t add any significant free agents to address their needs, but they did re-sign most of the players who they could have lost in free agency. Of the team’s 22 starters, only center Corey Linsley signed elsewhere. Swing tackle Rick Wagner and inside linebacker Christian Kirksey were both released while backup running back Jamaal Williams and second-string quarterback Tim Boyle both signed with Detroit.

The Packers managed to retain the services of Jones, Marcedes Lewis, Kevin King, Chandon Sullivan and Tyler Lancaster while restructuring several other players’ contracts to get under the salary cap.

There are some things we do know heading into this draft, such as:

While there have been ongoing talks about extending Davante Adams, none of the top five players on the depth chart at wide receiver are presently signed beyond this season. Even if the Packers sign Adams and one more receiver to an extension, expect them to add at least one receiver if not more in this year’s draft.

King’s deal is essentially a one-year contract with voidable years and he is unlikely to be back in 2022. The Packers will pick up the fifth-year option on Jaire Alexander but will still need another cornerback to start opposite their shutdown corner next season. Expect the Packers to add a cornerback early in the draft, possibly even in the first round.

The Packers also are looking for more depth at safety and possibly to add a nickel or dime back who has the potential to develop into a bigger contributor in a year or two. Multiple players will be added in the secondary this year.

Gutekunst has selected at least one offensive lineman in each of his three drafts. Even though Gute indicated that David Bakhtiari was ahead of schedule rehabbing his injured knee, his status for the start of the season is still up in the air.

The Packers need a swing tackle who can fill in until Bakhtiari is ready to go and in case additional injuries hit at the position.

The Packers may take a tackle in the first two days of the draft and even if they don’t, expect at least one offensive lineman to be selected this year.

The Packers still need more depth and talent at the interior defensive line and inside linebacker. Gutekunst did select Oren Burks in the third round in 2018 but he never quite developed into a steady contributor on defense. Other than that, it’s been mostly day three picks at these positions.

The continued improvement of Kingsley Keke may be vital to the improvement of the defensive line. Thus far, Kingsley has shown flashes of ability but needs to become more consistent and take a leap forward in his third season to become a difference maker next to Kenny Clark.

How and when Gutekunst addresses these positions will go a long way towards determining how much improvement the Packers run defense may have under new coordinator Joe Barry.

April 29, 2021 at 12:13 pm

After Covid and the cap crunch, one could argue that we should expect the unexpected this year generally after the first few and that Gute and other GMs could employ different weighting’s resulting in different choices, especially as the draft progresses.

April 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm

I’m looking for players that could help this year like a later round run stuffing DT in Tyler Shelvin, LSU. DL run stoutness is the salient problem. A choice likely to deliver cheap immediate upgrade in the weakest area rather than blowing early capital in a dubious raft class for players who may or may not grow into that.

Think that way and a GM can win in the late rounds in areas like DT and option/returner, freeing up options early. That’s how to win in this draft in this odd year I think. Picks and pragmatism.

April 29, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Do you think they'd have to trade up to get a player who could impact the team a lot this year?

April 29, 2021 at 12:29 pm

All true Coldworld. Nothing about this past year was "normal" or expected anyway. Thanks for commenting.

April 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Personally, I think Gutekunst feels like he has addressed the needs at CB (re-signing King) and at OL (by drafting three OL last year). That leaves S, WR and LB. If I had to guess I'd say his pick will be Trevon Moerig.

April 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm

We shall see, Lare. Not sure safety is where they should go in the first round but we'll see what Gute does. Thanks for the comment.

April 29, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Nice article Gil. I would be happy with a talent at ILB, a tackle and high potential at CB and WR. If we are not going to move out of the 1st round, I would like to see us get Jamin Davis to start the show.

April 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm

He could be a difference maker at that position and we do need help there. The question is will Gute address it that early in the draft. We shall see. Thanks for the comment, Razer.

April 29, 2021 at 12:34 pm

April 29, 2021 at 01:00 pm

Protect the QB and give him time to do his job. Priority #1.

April 29, 2021 at 01:01 pm

I always expect the unexpected as the draft "Guru's" are usually way off after the first half of the first round (if not wrong even earlier). Unlike many here I hate the pre-draft hype, mock drafts, player profiles, etc. Well, actually maybe not the player profiles with the caveat that I only read them AFTER the draft and only if the Packers have picked them up. Tomorrow I will finally get back to being interested in reading about players and I'm really looking forward to that! :)

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Throughout his tenure as the Green Bay Packers general manager, Brian Gutekunst has been unpredictable in just about every facet. He’s made splashes in free agency, has traded up in the first round, has traded down in the first round, and has zagged where others thought he’d zig. That makes predicting what he’ll do in the 2021 NFL Draft extremely difficult. Yet here we are.

The Packers have some flexibility with the positions they target in the draft, as they have no glaring needs entering the 2021 season. They certainly have positions they’ll want to address for the very near future, but nothing that pops off their roster at this moment.

With the draft spanning three days (Thursday to Saturday), there’s a lot of content to take in over the weekend. There will surely be hot takes and crazy conclusions drawn prematurely. Before we get to all that, let’s make three bold predictions about what will happen with the Packers’ 10 picks they hold (as of now).

One of Green Bay’s biggest needs is at defensive tackle. Kenny Clark has been great, but has received little help from the likes of Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster. Kinglsey Keke is the only other player at the position who shows promise.

It won’t be nearly enough for the core return and Green Bay should definitely add a couple more big bodies up front to improve their defensive line. Unfortunately, this isn’t the year to do so as defensive line is the weakest position in the draft. Christian Barmore is a possibility if he slips in the first round and Levi Onwuzurike is the other player to watch and see if Green Bay reaches for him in the first or if he falls in the second. Other than that there aren’t any impact players and I predict the Packers punt on the position altogether much as they did at wide receiver a year ago.

If Green Bay isn’t adding anyone on the defensive line that means they’ll have the opportunity to double or even triple up at another position. And that’s exactly what they’ll do at cornerback.

Outside of Jaire Alexander, the Packers have major question marks at cornerback. Kevin King returns for another year and will be the other outside starter, but he’s not reliable and will probably be gone after 2021. Chandon Sullivan, Ka’dar Hollman, Josh Jackson, Kabian Ento, Stanford Samuels III, Parry Nickerson and KeiVarae Russell make up the rest of the position. Not exactly a unit that instills confidence. Look for a huge makeover through the draft.

The Packers have been linked to Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman through ESPN and a number of prominent mock drafts have them selecting Ole Miss’s Elijah Moore. That’s too much of a coincidence for Green Bay to not go with a wideout in the first round.

It will be interesting to see how a first-round wide receiver will fit into the mix in 2021. The Packers lack a clear true number two behind Davante Adams, but do return a solid group of Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimous St. Brown and Devin Funchess. Someone like Bateman would directly take reps away from those guys on the outside whereas someone like Moore could fit in nicely with them and be another offensive weapon. Whatever route they go, I expect them to add a wide receiver to make their offense even more dangerous next season.

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