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The Green Bay Packers’ draft strategy for 2022 appears to include a broad receiver or two as they explore George Pickens as a replacement for Davante Adams.
Davante Adams’ departure to the Raiders and Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s switch to Chiefs has left the Packers with a bare locker at wide receiver position.
Even if they get aggressive in the trade market, there’s no reason Green Bay will have to target passers-by in the upcoming NFL Draft, possibly even using a first-round pick to get one for the first time since Javon Walker since 2002.
However, it looks like they’ll leave their options open and invite Georgia’s George Pickens to a pre-draft visit this week, according to Bill Huber from SI.com.
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At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Pickens has named Adams as a player he is trying to emulate.
“I’m bigger than Davante Adams. It’s the kind of course I want to go in, because with the size I am, a guy who can move is almost unprotected,” said the receiver at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Green Bay has invited several recipients to meetings, including the Treylon Burks of Arkansas, Tyquan Thornton of Baylor and Velus Jones of Tennessee, according to Pro Football Talk.
Adding Pickens to the mix shows the wide range of draft profiles that the team is apparently considering.
Burks projects as a first-rounder. Pickens could sneak into the first or fall to the third. Thornton and Jones look like day 3 prospects.
Pickens could be a steal if Green Bay gets him as late as the third round. He is returning from the ACL injury that limited his participation in the 2021 football season and he has put an injury red flag over his draft share. He was able to return by the end of the season, including the Bulldogs’ race for the CFP title.