Packers draft 2022: GM Brian Gutekunst points at 'deep' WR prospect pool, current roster as team mulls need

For the inexperienced, it’s essential to keep in mind the whole legend including Aaron Rodgers over the previous 2 years was brought on by the Green Bay Packers handing down including a wideout in the preliminary of the 2020 NFL Draft — rather choosing quarterback Jordan Love. Fast forward to 2022 and, great deals of apologies and 2 agreement redos and later on, it’s still Rodgers’ program, however the requirement at WR is larger than it’s remained in years, thinking about the hit trade that sent out All-Pro receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. 

But does that mean basic supervisor Brian Gutekunst is a lock for getting one in the preliminary and, in a twist of cosmic paradox, in the very city Adams will now play moving forward? No, it does not, since Gutekunst thinks the depth at the position leading into the draft implies he does not need to push with the Packers’ 2 first-round choices: No. 22 (from the Raiders) and No. 28.

“The last few [classes of WR] have been pretty deep, and I think this one is another one,” he stated Monday, by means of the group’s main site. 

It likewise does not assist that, in his eyes, Gutekunst does not imagine first-year NFL wideouts as generally breakout gamers.

“But history still kind of shows that for all rookies, not just wide receivers, but for all rookies, it takes time,” Gutekunst included. “This is a hard league. There’s a learning curve before these guys really start to produce at a high level.”

Of course, previous first-round choices CeeDee Lamb, Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase would like a word — as 3 current examples of novice wideouts taking control of the league from the beginning. That glaring truth regardless of, the Packers basic supervisor points at Rodgers as a factor a young wideout may succeed in Green Bay, and that point really does make good sense. But, in the very same breath, he likewise intends his attention at the existing stable of Packers receivers, one that now consists of Sammy Watkins, hoping they can step up in the lack of Adams.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good quarterback and that helps significantly, so certainly I think there’s probably going to be more opportunity for that young player if we happen to go that route to come in and have some opportunities,” Gutekunst stated. “Hopefully it’ll be quicker if we go that route this year … but I will say we got some pretty good players in the building that I think are very eager for their opportunity, which maybe they haven’t had yet.”

So while it’s uncertain if Gutekunst is merely doing the normal dance of smoke and mirrors or if he’s major, what’s certainly real is things didn’t work out 2 years earlier when the Packers disregarded the position; which was with Adams on the lineup. Without the very best WR in the league in consistent any longer, Rodgers anticipates the club to gain from their previous error.

Time will inform if they have.

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