There’s been already been some movement on the NFL trade wire with this weekend’s trade of Matthew Stafford. The former Lions quarterback heads from Detroit to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff and a couple of future first-round draft picks.
Deshaun Watson has also requested a trade out of Houston, which could alter several teams’ plans on the spectrum of bad to good. From the New York Jets to the San Francisco 49ers, many a team should be taking stock of their assets to put a package together.
These QB moves alter the draft landscape for not just Detroit and Los Angeles, but the teams who may have missed out on Stafford and are putting in overtime to acquire Watson. Do the Lions draft a QB early in the first still? Will Houston be drafting the place of the Jets? Are the Carolina Panthers legitimate contenders in the Watson sweepstakes, too? None of these potential roster alterations impact the Packers directly, but it does impact who might be available to them at 29 in the NFL Draft.
CBS Sports: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
While the Packers didn’t look nearly as bad in the running game this season, the Packers could still use a player who cover players that are not wide receivers. Owusu-Koramoah has an elite athletic profile who could be shaped into a well-contributing player by whoever is helming the Packers defense next. Owusu-Koramoah could solve a few issues for the Packers as Notre Dame used him as a hybrid player who could play in the slot and in the box.
Having such an explosive player in the second level of the defense would help the Packers vary their blitz packages even more with Owusu-Koramoah showing edge capabilities, too. The issue for Owusu-Koramoah is that he might be at a size disadvantage playing as a pure linebacker. At the NFL level, it will be tough for him to make plays on the ball if a lineman gets his hands on him. His tape shows WRs even being able to take him out of plays if they’re willing blockers. His missile-like burst and sideline-to-sideline speed might be able to make up for some of his size questions, but we’ll see.
NFL Network: Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville
The Packers’ number one offense proved that they didn’t need a rookie WR to win 13 games and make it back to the NFC Championship game. This coming season, however, it makes sense for the Packers to draft a new weapon to allow their offense to evolve. Otherwise, they’ll risk stalling out like the Ravens did at times this past season.
Beyond having an All-Pro name, Atwell would be a great addition in taking this offense to the next level. Atwell is a shifty WR who operates well in space and can play a key role in the slot. He’d be a jet sweep option for the Packers and can lineup in the backfield.
Like the prospect above, we see another player projected for the Packers that might have an issue with size. Atwell is listed at 5’9” and 165 pounds. Good muscle can always be added, but for now, Atwell compares more to Marquise Brown than Brandon Aiyuk in terms of size. A fun wrinkle: Atwell played QB in high school.
The Ringer: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
His LSU counterpart, Ja’Marr Chase, will likely be going in the top end of the draft, but Marshall could still be a stud in his own right. Marshall is the more traditional WR when compared to Tutu Atwell, standing at 6’4”, 200 lbs. A potential redzone threat, Marshall could help an already potent redzone offense that uncharacteristically stalled a few times in the NFC Championship game.
TMJ’s long limbs don’t prevent him from playing fast and having good footwork. He moves like a much smaller wideout and got plenty of reps in the slot at LSU.
While he can bring down contested catches, he has some drops that would require some concentration work. He’ll also need to commit more to improving his run blocking if he wanted to have a feature role in the Packers 12- and 21-personnel formations.
Pro Football Network: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Moore has blazing speed and can be a fun asset for the Packers offense. He has precise, quick feet and already looks like a great route runner. Moore is another player that can lineup in the backfield for the Packers and in slot, but he also adds a much-needed special teams weapon for the Packers’ new special teams coordinator.
Moore looks like an elite player and should certainly go much higher under normal circumstances, but injuries have only allowed him to play seven games over two seasons before opting out of last season. It could have just been bad injury luck for a young kid in college or it could be a symptom of him having a slight frame. If he stays healthy, this is a no brainer.