Draft season is almost upon us, so it is a good time to assess the state of the Packers' roster. We move on the Wide Receivers. Here is a list of players the team has under contract:
WR Jordy Nelson (2Oct11: 4yr/$13.989 mil [$3.5 mil signing; $1.65 mil incentives] FA: '15
2013: $2.7 mil (+$250k workout+$200k per-game roster)
2014: $2.55 mil (+$250k workout+$200k per-game roster)
WR James Jones (31Jul11: 3yr/$9.4 mil [$1.5 mil signing; $200k incentives]) FA: '14
2013: $2.95 mil (+ $200k roster bonus)
WR Randall Cobb (29Jul11: 4yr/$3.209 mil [$834,124 signing]) FA: '15
WR Jarrett Boykin (14May12: 3yr/$1.44 mil) RFA: '15
WR Jeremy Ross (1Dec12: 3yr/$1.44 mil) RFA: '15
WR Sederrick Cunningham (15Apr13: undisclosed)
Even with the offseason loss of Jennings, this is still one of the strongest WR corps in the league. There's probably not a better top 3 WRs on any team. However, Jones is a FA after this year & everyone else's contracts expire the next. Jones & Cobb each had an amazing season in their own right. Nelson had an injury plagued season, but showed the previous season that he is more than capable of being a gamebreaker.
Boykin showed enough in preseason to make the team as a 6th WR, as a long shot over both Tori Gurley & Diondre Borel. The team clearly likes his potential. Ross was promoted from the PS late in the season, though it probably had more to do with his return ability than his receiving ability. Cunningham was just signed last week & is probably nothing more than a camp body, although he did average 23.5 yards per kick return in college.
Draft priority: Moderate to High
There is no immediate need, but as WRs typically have little impact as rookies, now may be the time to reload.
Potential 1st-4th round picks: Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, Robert Woods, DeAndre Hopkins, Keenan Allen, Quinton Patton, Terrance Williams, Markus Wheaton, Stedman Bailey, Marquise Goodwin, Da'Rick Rogers, Ryan Swope, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper, Ace Sanders
Potential FA targets still on the market: Steve Breaston*, Brandon Lloyd*, Laurent Robinson, Brandon Banks, Austin Collie, Josh Cribbs, Braylon Edwards, Devery Henderson, Ruvell Martin, Brandon Stokley
*released; will not count against us for compensatory picks if signed