Yesterday in cheese curds we examined reports that the Green Bay Packers are interested in receiver D’Wayne Eskridge from Western Michigan. He’s a smaller slot-type receiver who traditionally goes against the measurement requirements the Packers typically hold for the position.
Today we pull back a bit and look at Green Bay’s wide receiver group heading into next week’s NFL Draft.
Last year everyone felt it was all but a lock that the Packers would select a wide receiver in the first round, if not at some point in the draft. Instead the team made the stunning move to trade up to select quarterback Jordan Love, a move that is still hotly debated a year later.
Heading into this year’s draft, the Packers almost have to draft a receiver at some point even if it’s not in the first round. The logic behind this is simple yet also slightly terrifying: the Packers have exactly zero wide receivers under contract for the 2022 season as of today.
That includes star Davante Adams. There were reports not too long ago the team was working on an extension with Adams and that it was “likely to happen” but no news has come since. There is little reason to be concerned but heading into a draft with no receivers under contract for the following season is not an ideal situation.
Even if/when the Packers bring back Adams, keeping the current group together will be difficult given the salary cap and the usual roster changes.
That means general manager Brian Gutekunst’s hand will be forced and this should be the year the Packers take a wide receiver and it may even be very early.
Something is going to have to give in the coming months at the receiver position. There is absolutely no way the Packers can or will go into the regular season with a room full of lame duck pass catchers.
Elijah Moore from Ole Miss is the pick here for the Packers at 29, a common theme starting to develop among mock drafts in the final days before the actual selections happen. I think most fans would be happy if this pick played out in real life.
Getting the offensive tackle of the future in a strong draft class may prove to be too tempting for Gutekunst to pass up, especially if David Bakhtiari is looking like he might miss the early part of the regular season as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Mark your calendars. The Packers’ map to Super Bowl LVI will be set in just a few weeks.
Every once in a while a school science fair poses the real important questions. Long story short: no, but anyone with a shaved cat might want to keep their eyes peeled.