The NFL draft is finally upon us and the Green Bay Packers are looking for help in all the wrong places. They’re going to need a miracle to make it through this so- ich year, but Pete Prisco’s latest mock has them taking one of those players they have been waiting on.
The 2022 mock draft is the latest Pete Prisco’s NFL mock draft. The Packers are predicted to go with a quarterback in this year’s draft, but it will be too late for them to get one of the top quarterbacks.
You’ve heard it before, and you’ll continue to hear it until something is done about it. Wide receiver is a big need for the Green Bay Packers.
Is this a need the Packers can fill with their NFL Draft money in 2022? Yes, it is, and it is so evident that even Mark Murphy, the team’s CEO and president, is eager to confront it.
There are a lot of possibilities, but CBS’ Pete Prisco predicts that Green Bay will take a big swing at the wideout position in the first round.
Pete Prisco believes the Green Bay Packers will choose Drake London from USC with the 22nd overall pick.
The USC Trojans’ Drake London #15 catches a ball and sprints for a score against the Utah Utes. Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images He’d be a terrific match for the Green Bay Packers
Who knows how things will turn out, but Prisco’s scenario seems plausible.
The Packers have a huge need at wide receiver, with Davante Adams in Vegas, Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Kansas City, and even Equanimeous St. Brown in Chicago.
They may trade for a veteran like DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett from the Seattle Seahawks with part of their draft capital (four first-round selections, including two first-rounders). They may even bundle a couple of those selections to move up higher in the draft to choose a guy like Ohio State wide out Garrett Wilson, who many consider to be the best wide receiving prospect in the draft.
While Wilson is receiving a lot of attention, and Prisco has him going No. 19 overall to the New Orleans Saints, it’s worth mentioning that many draft analysts believe USC’s Drake London has just as much potential. That’s the player Prisco believes the Packers will draft at No. 22.
Even better for the Packers, London, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 219 pounds, was a free agent, so they didn’t have to give anything away to get him. If you don’t count Adams, that is.
“London is a large receiver in the mold of Mike Evans. He’s coming off an injury, so there’s some risk, but he’d provide Aaron Rodgers a powerful weapon down the field,” Prisco noted.
In this mock draft, the Packers choose Chris Olave from Ohio State with the 28th overall selection.
Chris Olave (2) of the Ohio State Buckeyes rushes for a score after catching a pass during a college football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes. With the Green Bay Packers, Olave has the potential to be a game changer. | Getty Images/Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire
The Packers would be ecstatic if they could land London at number 22. He has actual No. 1 potential, and if he weren’t recovering from an ankle injury, he’d probably be ranked much higher. He had 88 catches for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns for USC despite the injury in 2021, indicating that he can be a genuine weapon for Green Bay.
Chris Olave, who has spent the previous three seasons at Ohio State, is no stranger to creating plays. He’s regarded as a serious deep threat with plenty of speed to spare. At the NFL Combine, he posted a 4.39 40-yard sprint, but he’s more than simply a deep-ball specialist.
He has the potential to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the NFL, similar to London. He’s a slick route runner with a lot of open-space playmaking skills.
In four seasons in Columbus, he had 176 catches for 2,711 yards and 35 touchdowns. In his senior season, he averaged 15.7 yards per reception and had a long of 61 yards.
Matt LaFleur, the Packers’ head coach, is looking for a quick game-breaker, and Olave would be ideal. Securing him at No. 28 would be much sweeter for Green Bay since he has top 15 to 20 potential.
This hypothetical draft would go a long way toward resolving Green Bay’s wide receiver issue.
During the second half of the preseason game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field, a Green Bay Packers fan cheers | Patrick McDermott/Getty Images
“With their two choices, they go receiver-receiver. “Why not?” you could ask. Prisco put pen to paper. “Without Davante Adams, they are in desperate need of assistance.”
Prisco is true; the Packers do need wide receiver assistance. No disrespect to Allen Lazard or Randall Cobb, but neither of those guys belongs as the starting quarterback on a Super Bowl contender. They shouldn’t even be in the No. 2 spot on a playoff squad. They’re excellent depth pieces and X-factors, but that’s all they are.
Green Bay’s difficulty would be solved by Prisco’s mock. The Packers would gain two potential No. 1 receivers in London and Olave.
Give them some time to acclimate to the strategy and the NFL game, and it’s not difficult to believe that either guy can lead a club in receiving.
When you add in the fact that they’d be receiving passes from Aaron Rodgers, the possibilities are endless.
This is a draft scenario that would have cheeseheads sobbing and dancing in the streets after an emptional and rather painful offseason for Packers fans.
ESPN and Pro Football Reference provided the statistics. Spotrac provides contract information.
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