Round 2: George Pickens
Pickens draft stock has taken a hit due to his frail frame and checkered injury history. Teams should be all over the former Georgia Bulldog in Round 2 despite the fact that he missed a large chunk of last season with a torn ACL.
He will need to add functional strength to handle press coverage at the NFL level, but Pickens already has the God-given ability to glide past defenders and make circus catches down the field. His ability to pluck the ball out of the air at the last moment will make him an immediate favorite of Rodgers.
Projecting the Packers to spend their top two picks on wide receiver would obviously be a clear break in their previous draft strategy. The bet here is that they want to placate Rodgers and bolster a position group that just wasn’t up to par last season.
Some scouts will see taking Pickens in Round 2 as a substantial reach, but he’s got as much upside as any wideout in this draft class. If he stays healthy at the next level then a lot of owners are going to ask their GMs why they weren’t the team to gamble on Pickens’ prodigious talent.