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Cheese Curds, 3/31: Packers need to shore up receiver room, but how?

Is it more important to add a savvy veteran or another young, talented wideout? Or should the team focus heavily on getting one of each?

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There were flashes in 2022. Each member of the Green Bay Packers’ trio of rookie wide receivers showed signs that he can be a playmaker at the NFL level, though Christian Watson — unsurprisingly — showed more of those signs than his counterparts.

Now heading into their second years, Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure will be called upon to be the guys for the Packers as they transition the starting quarterback job over to Jordan Love. Last season, however, Watson and Doubs each missed significant time with injuries, which limited their chances to be breakout stars in their rookie years.

Although the group forms an exciting core at the position, the Packers will need some more bodies. But they’ll have options, either in the form of draft picks or some veterans who remain on the free agent market (or perhaps via a trade).

So which route should the Packers take to add to that group? Maybe both a veteran and another rookie is the right approach.

Let's take a long look at the receiver position and one particular prospect on the Friday morning.

Packers believe Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs provide ideal one-two tandem for Jordan Love |
There’s plenty of talent between those two players, but both will need to stay healthy if the team wants them to deliver on their potential.

Matt LaFleur would like to add veteran to complement Packers’ young WR room | Packers Wire
Even so, Matt LaFleur acknowledges that it "would be nice" to get some veteran leadership in the room that currently has a lot of youth.

NFL Draft 2023 Big Board: The Athletic’s updated top 100 prospect rankings - The Athletic ($)
In an update to his big board, Dane Brugler has just four receivers in his top 30: Jordan Addison (who is almost certainly not a physical fit for Green Bay) at 19, Jaxon Smith-Njigba at 21, Jalin Hyatt at 27, and Quentin Johnston at 29.

2023 NFL Draft: What We Learned from Florida, TCU, Tennessee pro days |
Johnston worked out on Thursday at TCU's pro day, but he had an inconsistent day catching the ball, with a couple of drops on deep throws. However, he made some tough catches on inaccurate passes from Max Duggan on shorter routes.

2023 Green Bay Packers Seven-Round NFL Mock Draft 5.0 - Sports Illustrated
This mock doesn't give the Packers a receiver in rounds one or two -- it does include Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer at 15 -- but the wideout shows up in the third round with Michigan State's Jayden Reed.

Arizona Dairy Queen on the hunt for missing red spoon statue | AP News
If you took the 15-foot spoon, just know that the owners of the store just want it back. “I appeal to the person. This spoon is too big to eat anything. We want you to bring it back. We will not ask any questions.”