Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 1334 - How the Packers Can Rebuild at WR

On today's show, Andy Herman reviews the wide receiver options for the Packers, and how they can potentially rebuild a position that currently has a major void after the departure of Davante Adams. Andy takes a look at trades, free agency, and the draft to see who could be a fit to build a more well-rounded wide receiver corps in 2022. Don't miss it!

On today's show, Andy Herman reviews the wide receiver options for the Packers, and how they can potentially rebuild a position that currently has a major void after the departure of Davante Adams. Andy takes a look at trades, free agency, and the draft to see who could be a fit to build a more well-rounded wide receiver corps in 2022. Don't miss it!
 
 

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stockholder's picture

March 21, 2022 at 09:50 am

You got this. But the #1 issue is the cap. #2 issue- is when will Rodgers retire? The draft is the only way you can go. (For the next 4 yrs.) Especially if Love takes over. (Who I would trade for a 35-45 rd pick). Because you won't get a #1 WR after that. You'll get an MVS. If you sign MVS. It's because Cobb and Lazard won't be here. The best thing for Rodgers and this team is to draft WRs before 50. And don't stop with 2. We need depth on defense. Keep the picks.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 21, 2022 at 09:56 am

Remember how overwrought we were last Monday? The gnashing of teeth, the pulling of hair? Sure seems different now, doesn't it?

In 1989, we drafted Tony Mandarich in the first round. But time were about to change in Green Bay. The next year, we took a running back in the first round, Darrell Thompson. That's the last time we drafted a running back in the first round.

In fact, in 31 years we've drafted exactly four skill position players in the first round: Bubba Franks in 2000, Javon Walker in 2002, Aaron Rodgers in 2005, and Jordan Love in 2020. That's it. Twenty years without a non-QB skill position player taken in the first round.

Some of you will say that what happened 30 years ago has no bearing on the present, but I think it does. I think that the organizational mindset of the Packers is that other than QB, you can find good skill position players after the first round. And when you look at Jordy and Jennings, and Jones, and Jones and Lacy and Dillon and.......well, it makes me think that they're probably right on this.

I have no idea what will happen, but we could go several different directions. We could trade down and load up on a bunch of players that would strengthen the overall roster. We could trade up, and get one or two "special guys" that we think will make an immediate difference. We could stand pat. Gutekunst's history suggests that he's willing to trade up. Packers history suggest it won't be for a first round WR.

We spend a lot of first round picks on defense, 22 since 1990. We've also taken some offensive linemen. But generally speaking, we don't take skill position offensive players in the first round who aren't QBs. So I'm looking at defensive guys with our first round picks, and skill position guys.

I also don't think we need to add 3 WRs. We dress 5, and three of those will be Lazard, Cobb, and Amari Rodgers. We have several guys from last year like Malik Taylor or MVS that we might include.

How are we going to offset the loss of Adams' production? We'll throw more to Lazard, more to Amari Rodgers, maybe more to Cobb, more to the TE, etc. It's 10 plays a game. I think between growth of Lazard, Deguara, and Amari, better health from Cobb, and the addition of another TE and WR, we'll be able to replace a lot of Adams production.

No teeth gnashing, no hair pulling.

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stockholder's picture

March 21, 2022 at 10:12 am

And Rodgers would Retire.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 21, 2022 at 10:43 am

A) Who cares?
B) I don't think you can predict the future or read Aaron Rodgers' mind.

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mbpacker's picture

March 21, 2022 at 12:27 pm

My concern about counting on Cobb to have "better health" and be able to last a season. He has a history of being injured plus, although he is dependable and has a connection with Rodgers, he has lost a few steps. My main concern is age and injury history.

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Starrbrite's picture

March 21, 2022 at 10:17 pm

Yep—I would not have re-signed Cobb.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 21, 2022 at 12:46 pm

I agree with almost everything you said. I do think Gutey will draft at least two WRs this draft, because the talent is there and will likely be BPA a couple times. We need to restock the WR room. I want enough talent that Malik Taylor can't make the final 53.

I am also hoping he drafts a singularly speedy return guy for ST this year. I don't care if he's only a returner either.

I half expect Gutey to draft another RB mid draft too. I can see nothing wrong with making a strength even more of a strength. Especially a great receiving RB with speed.

This draft could not only result in a Super Bowl, but set us up for future success.

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Leatherhead's picture

March 21, 2022 at 01:40 pm

Well, 5 or 6 healthy guys better than Malik Taylor would be a pretty good unit, no doubt. I still think that considering everything, we'll draft one WR on the second day. Without any other additions, that would give us the 5 we'd like to dress. Some Day 3 guy, or a UDFA, might beat out Taylor, but remember, Taylor is older and more experienced with the NFL than his challenger would be.

So that would be Draft Pick, Lazard, Cobb, Rodgers, and one more guy. Maybe it'll be MVS or some other FA, maybe it's Taylor .

I'm not hoping he drafts a speedy return guy. I'm hoping he has a guy who can catch a punt or a kick without turning it over. I could care less about the return, but those turnovers really hurt.

Without moving around in this draft, we could get 5 guys on the gameday 45 by #92. A WR, a TE, an Edge, an OL, a DT. Not necessarily in that order.

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March 21, 2022 at 02:17 pm

"So that would be Draft Pick, Lazard, Cobb, Rodgers, and one more guy."

Which would, undoubtedly, be one of the worst WR rooms in the NFL.

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Bear's picture

March 21, 2022 at 01:41 pm

2020 Regular Season With 149 Targets

Using average yards per catch of each player during 2020 regular season.

Adams: targets 149. Receptions 115. Catch rate 77.1% Yards 1374.

Lazard: targets 149. Receptions 106. Catch rate 71.7%. Yards 1472.

MVS: targets 149. Receptions 78. Catch rate 52.3% Yards 1630.

MVS & Lazard would look pretty good if they had the same amount of targets Adams had in 2020.

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Bear's picture

March 21, 2022 at 01:45 pm

Wide Receiver 40 Times

Gafford - 4.26

MVS - 4.37

Malone - 4.40

Moore - 4.40

Cobb - 4.46

Blair. 4.47

Taylor - 4.50

Rodgers 4.51

Winfree. 4.53

Lazard - 4.55

Adams - 4.56

TIGHT ENDS

Tonyan - 4.58

Daffney - 4.61

Dequara 4.72

Lewis - 4.80

Kaufusi - 4.87

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 21, 2022 at 11:07 pm

So you're saying we'll turn Gafford into a CB? ; )

Wonder if he can catch punts/KOs???

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