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Scouting WRs: Who Might The Packers Be Interested In?

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I wrote earlier this week about Pittsburgh draft prospect WR Jon Baldwin. The problem for me writing about these receivers, and whether the Green Bay Packers should be interested in them, is that I don't watch a lot of college football, and I haven't scouted these players. The only wide receiver I was really impressed while watching in college was Alabama's WR Julio Jones. But even he showed a tendency to drop passes, and he'll be long gone by the time the Packers draft in the first round.

I was reading about the Boise State pro day and the draft stock of WR Titus Young, who seems to be considered on many mock draft boards as a second round prospect. But his teammate, WR Austin Pettis, seems to be a fourth or fifth round prospect despite similar college production. Maybe scouts are just determined to see the next WR DeSean Jackson in Young. While Pettis has good size at 6-3, Young stands at 5-11 and 174 lbs. which would make him the smallest receiver on the Packers roster.

The one area that WR Jordy Nelson stood out at during the 2008 combine was in the 60 yard shuttle, and Pettis (who's 40 time is behind Young's) was a top performer in that drill. Also, Oregon's WR Jeff Maehl was the top performer in the 60 yard, as well as a top performer in the 20 yard shuttle and 3 cone drill, who at 6-1 and 184 lbs. isn't huge, but he's about average for the Packers receivers. Maehl's about a 6th round prospect, which doesn't make any sense to me. I'm apparently no NFL scout when it comes to wide receivers.